Dennis Hopson and Brad Sellers combined for 43 points to help hand head coach Eldon Miller the 1986 NIT Championship in his final game with the Buckeyes. Hopson totaled 26 points and Sellers added 17 and eight rebounds to lead Ohio State past Wyoming, 73-43, March 26, 1986 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Hopson played all 40 minutes and hit 12-of-17 field goal attempts to front the Buckeyes past the Cowboys. He was named to the all-tournament team. Sellers was named NIT most valuable player.
Ohio State point guard Curtis Wilson pitched in 10 points and six assists. Wyoming's Fennis Dembo led all scorers with 27 points.
Miller, who was replaced the next season by Gary Williams, capped his 10-year stint Ohio State's first postseason crown since the 1960 NCAA title. He won 174 games with the Buckeyes against 120 losses, overall.
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