Horace Grant and Glenn Corbit scored 24 points each as Clemson advanced to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals by defeating Georgia, 77-65, last night in Athens, Ga.

Clemson (19-14), the Atlantic Coast Conference's seventh-place team, advanced past the second round for the first time in six NIT appearances.

The Tigers expanded a three-point halftime lead to 43-32 as Georgia (17-13) went scoreless for the first 5:38 of the second half. Corbit and Glen McCants each scored four points in Clemson's 8-0 run after intermission.

*Ohio State 71, Texas 65: Forward Brad Sellers scored 25 points and reserve guards Curtis Wilson and Jay Burson led the Buckeyes (16-14), at home, back from a 12-point deficit. Texas finishes at 19-13.

Wilson, a sophomore, had 17 points and six assists. Burson, a freshman, had 11 points.

Ohio State led by 54-52 with 3:28 left but went on a 10-2 run to take command after Texas' 6-foot-10 center, John Brownlee, fouled out.

*Southwest Missouri State 83, Marquette 69: In Springfield, Mo., Winston Garland had 22 points and Phil Schlegel had 21 as the Bears (24-7) used a 23-6 first-half run to win easily. Marquette finishes 19-11.

*Louisiana Tech 77, McNeese State 61: In Ruston, La., Robert Godbolt had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs (18-13) won. McNeese State (21-11) had beaten Louisiana Tech twice during the regular season.

*Florida 77, Texas Christian 75: In Gainesville, Fla., Clifford Lett scored seven points in the final 3:38 and Joe Lawrence hit a 22-foot shot with one second left to give the Gators (18-12) the victory over TCU (22-9).

*Wyoming 99, Loyola Marymount 90: In Laramie, Wyo., Fennis Dembo scored 24 points and the Cowboys (22-11) made 77 percent of their shots in taking a 16-point halftime lead. Loyola finishes 19-11.