Jeff Foreman led four Mentor players in double figures with 20 points as the Cardinals upset top-ranked and unbeaten Columbus Northland 80-69 in the opening Division I semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena on Friday.
Mentor (24-5) seeks its first title at 8:30 p.m. Saturday against the Cincinnati Walnut Hills-Toledo Rogers winner.
The score was tied 13 times and there were 14 lead changes. But Mentor closed out the game by making seven of nine free throws after Northland (28-1), trailing 66-63, made only one field goal during the final minutes.
Brody Nelson and Connor Krizancic had 17 points and Brandon Fritts 12 for Mentor.
Northland had five players in double figures, including Ty Hairston who led with 19.