The Northland High School boys basketball team held only a slight size advantage over Warren Harding in a Division I state semifinal Friday at Ohio State, but the Raiders never had answers for the Vikings' inside game. On the way to posting a 73-59 victory, Northland shot 64 percent from the floor and outrebounded Harding 37-18.

The Northland High School boys basketball team held only a slight size advantage over Warren Harding in a Division I state semifinal Friday at Ohio State, but the Raiders never had answers for the Vikings' inside game. On the way to posting a 73-59 victory, Northland shot 64 percent from the floor and outrebounded Harding 37-18.

It improved to 26-1 and will play Cincinnati Princeton in the state final at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

At one point early in the third quarter, the Vikings had made 20 of 25 from the floor. J.D. Weatherspoon was 11 of 12 from the floor and had 25 points and eight rebounds. Jared Sullinger was 9-for-12 from the floor and had 22 points and 14 rebounds.

"From day one, we always want to go inside first," Sullinger said. "J.D. went 11-for-12 in field goals. That's what J.D. does. Both of us feed off each other."

Northland led 22-9 after one quarter and 40-27 at the half. Guard Ricky Bennett scored seven of his season-high nine points in the first half, when he also had three rebounds.

The Raiders pulled within 47-39 with 3:00 left in the third quarter behind the play of Desmar Jackson, who scored eight of his 29 points in the period.

Jackson picked up his fourth foul with 5:48 remaining with the Vikings leading 61-48, and Harding never got closer than 12 points after that.

The Raiders, making their first appearance at the state tournament since 1966, finished 23-3.

Dimonde Hale had nine points and five assists and Trey Burke had eight points and four assists for the Vikings, who were first in the final state poll.

"I think the engine is starting to purr a little bit for us," coach Satch Sullinger said. "We looked like a machine out there tonight."