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Dec. 10, 2004

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Opponent Portland State (4-3)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8:05 p.m.
TV ESPN Plus
Local TV UPN 53
TV Talent Mike Gleason, Play-by-Play, Bill Hosket, Expert Analysis
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)

Vikings Travel East with 4-3 Record
Portland State won a 70-53 contest over Evergreen State Wednesday as the Vikings pulled away from the Geoducks in the second half to cruise to the win. With the victory, PSU raised its record to 4-3 on the season and has won four of its last five games. A couple of early 3-pointers by Jake Schroeder helped stake the Vikings to a 9-0 lead, but Evergreen State shot 52 percent from the field in the first half and hit four 3-pointers to stay within 33-28 at intermission. After halftime, however, PSU held the Geoducks to just 7-of-24 from the field while opening up its own offense.

Will Funn led PSU to 18 fastbreak points while dishing out nine assists in the game. His main target was Seamus Boxley, who had 20 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and three dunks. Boxley made 8-12 field goals. The Vikings scored 25 points off 20 forced turnovers and outrebounded Evergreen State, 33-24.

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State set the school record with 17 made and 35 attempted 3-point field goals against Chattanooga Nov. 27. In the next game against Clemson, the Buckeyes knocked down 15 of 25 3-pointers. The 15 made is the second most on record while the 25 attempts is tied for seventh all-time. The team’s .450 shooting percentage (68-151) from long range is best in the Big Ten. The 9.71 made 3-pointers a game trails Illinois (10.43) among league schools. Four of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 10 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. J.J. Sullinger in best among league players (.700/7-10), while Je’Kel Foster is No. 5 (.516/16-31). Ivan Harris is tied for the No. 6 spot (.500/12-24) and Tony Stockman is No. 10 (.457/21-46). Stockman is No. 3 in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 3.00 per contest. Foster is No. 9 with 2.29 made a game.

Clemson Surges Late to Down Buckeyes
Tony Stockman led Ohio State with 22 points but Clemson came away with an 80-73 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Dec. 1 in South Carolina. Stockman, who transferred from Clemson to the Buckeyes after the 2001-02 season, scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half. He finished 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Ivan Harris had 15 points, all of them coming from 3-point range and Brandon Fuss-Cheatham added 14 for the Buckeyes, who were 15 of 25 from 3-point range and have made 32 shots from behind the arc in their last two games. The Tigers took a different tact, pounding the ball inside to Sharrod Ford. Clemson outrebounded Ohio State 37-27 and outscored the Buckeyes by 15 points at the free throw line. Ford scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead Clemson. Olu Babalola returned from a two-game suspension with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. Cliff Hammonds and Shawan Robinson added 14 points apiece. Robinson also had a game-high eight assists. Trailing 65-60 with less than five minutes remaining, the Tigers went on an 8-0 run to take a 68-65 lead with 3:52 left. Robinson hit two free throws with 36.7 seconds remaining and Clemson went ahead 74-67. The Tigers made 8 of 10 from the line in the final minute.

Noting the Clemson Game

Ohio State played its first game against Clemson. The Tigerswere the last ACC team to face the Buckeyes all-time. Ohio Statehas made 15 or more 3-pointers in consecutive games. The 17 madeagainst Chattanooga (11/27) are a school record. The 15 made vs.Clemson rank second. Ohio State is 1-3 overall in the Big Ten/ACCChallenge. After leading 36-35 at the half, Ohio State has nottrailed this season heading into the final 20 minutes of actionafter the break. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham set career highs with fourmade and five attempted 3-pointers to finish with a season-high 14points. Ivan Harris has made 10 of 19 3-point attempts in his lasttwo games. He made 9 of 12 long range shots in the second halves ofthe two games, including a 5 for 5 effort vs. Chattanooga. With 22points against the Tigers, Stockman reached 500 (503) for hiscareer at Ohio State. He scored 393 as a junior and has 110 thisseason. While at Clemson, Stockman scored 716 points in two season.He has 1,219 for his career (12.8 ppg.).

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 52 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. The top four scorers all are making better than 50 percent of their shots after seven games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 67 percent of his shots (33-49). He is followed by Ivan Harris (.585/31-53), Terence Dials (.577/30-52) and Tony Stockman (.543/44-81). A pair of reserves also shoot well. Matt Sylvester (.500/11-22) and Je’Kel Foster (.475/19-40) have been consistent shooters off the bench.

Harris, Sullinger Pace Buckeyes in Guardians Event
Ivan Harris led three players in double figures in the two games played in Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Harris averaged 15.0 points followed by Tony Stockman (13.5 ppg.) and J.J. Sullinger (11.5 ppg.). Terence Dials grabbed 9.5 rebounds during the semifinals and finals. In the four games played in the Guardians Classic, Sullinger was the top scorer with 12.5 points a game. Dials was second with 12.3 ppg. followed by Stockman (11.5) and Harris (10.0). Dials averaged 7.3 rebounds in the four games.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham’s 3.0/1 assist to turnover ratio (27/9) leads all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 3.9 assists a game and just over one turnover a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +5.14 turnover margin over opponents (11.6-16.7), good for the No. 1 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.46) is second among league schools. The Buckeyes are second in field goal percentage defense (.383), are second in field goal percentage (.515), are second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.306) and are third in scoring defense (60.7).

Ohio State to Meet Big Sky Conference Member for First Time
Ohio State will face a member of the Big Sky Conference for the first time in school history when Portland State makes the trip east to meet the Buckeyes. The Big Sky is the only Division I conference with teams that have never faced Ohio State in men’s basketball. The eight team league features Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Sacramento State and Weber State.

Ohio State on Dec. 11
Ohio State has not played a Dec. 11 game since 1999, a home win over Florida A&M. Overall, Ohio State is 9-7 on this date. The win over FAMU snapped a 5-game losing streak in Dec. 11 contests.

12/11/15 W Kenyon, 42-12 12/11/20 W Wittenberg, 27-26 12/11/23 W Ohio Wesleyan, 31-20 12/11/29 W @Capital, 30-28 12/11/36 W Denison, 42-16 12/11/37 W Nebraska, 42-31 12/11/43 W Denison, 60-49 12/11/50 L Missouri, 51-61 12/11/51 L Denver, 58-67 12/11/54 W St. Louis, 91-86(12) 12/11/63 L Davidson, 73(8)-95 12/11/71 L @Ohio University, 68(4)-79 12/11/82 L West Virginia (2ot), 67-69 12/11/83 L @Missouri, 53-64 12/11/84 L @Maryland, 73-76 12/11/99 W Florida A&M, 99(13)-47

Schroyer in Season No. 3 at PSU
Portland State head coach Heath Schroyer has directed the Vikings to a record of 20-41 in three seasons at PSU. His first team was 5-22 followed by a 11-16 record a year ago. The Vikings are off to a 4-3 start heading into a game vs. Ohio State Saturday.

Newcomers, Buckeyes Value the Ball
The four first-year Buckeyes on the 2004-05 roster have just 11 turnovers and as a team Ohio State has 81 on the year in seven games and 1,425-combined minutes played by the team. Freshmen Jamar Butler (124 minutes), Matt Terwilliger (56) and Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (16) have played a combined 196 minutes with six turnovers. Je’Kel Foster, a junior college transfer, has played 153 minutes without five miscues. Ohio State has 27 more assists (118-91) and 36 fewer turnovers (81-117) than the seven opponents to date. Ohio State has 37 more assists (118) than turnovers (81) this year. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham leads the Buckeyes with 27 assists and has just nine turnovers on the year.

Matta Era Underway
The 13th head coach in Ohio State history, Thad Matta took over the Ohio State men’s basketball program July 7. The new staff begins with a roster of 13 players for the 2004-05 campaign, nine of which are returning letterwinners from a 14-16 squad in 2003-04. That Buckeyes team finished ninth in the Big Ten with a 6-10 league mark and a first round exit in the Big Ten tournament.

Noting the Buckeyes
Junior J.J. Sullinger has connected on 67 percent of his shots from the field (33-49) in seven games this season. He has scored in double figures in five of the seven games on the year. He trails Terence Dials (6.7 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 4.1 rpg. Sullinger’s five blocks also leads the team. He has upped his career scoring average to 10.1 points a game with 664 career points in 66 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 70 percent of his long range shots this season (7-10). Sullinger has at least one assist in all seven games this year while recording at least one steal in six of seven contests.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 27 assists against just nine turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 3.0/1 is the best of his career and leads the Big Ten. In 158 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 17.6 minutes played. He is playing 22.6 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring a season-high 14 points against the Tigers.

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started seven games this year after making two all of his freshman season. He scored a career high 19 points in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic against Houston and then added 11 points in the overtime loss to Creighton, earning him a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 59 percent of his shots (31-53) from the field as a sophomore and at 51 percent (69-136) for his career. He scored five 3-pointers in seven attempts against Chattanooga and then made 5 of 9 treys at Clemson . He made all five attempts in the second half from long range vs. Chattanooga and 4 of 7 in the final 20 minutes at Clemson. In his last four games, Harris has made 25 of 38 shots from the field (.658). He has scored in double digits in each of the last four games and has reached 10 or more points six times in his career.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 15.7 points a game this season in 29.3 minutes a game. He tallied 13.6 points a game a year ago in 33.5 minutes a contest. Against Delaware (11/19) he scored 26 points, his career-high effort as a Buckeye. He also knocked down six 3-pointers against the Blue Hens. Stockman has connected on six or more 3-pointers three times as a Buckeye. Stockman leads Ohio State with 15 steals. His shooting percentage of .543 (44-81) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 21 games as a Buckeye. His next made 3-pointer will be his 250th of his career, 94 have come while playing for Ohio State.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (124/17.7 per game). He has just four turnovers to go with 18 assists. Butler has gone to the line six times and has yet to miss a charity toss. Butler has at least one assist in all seven games. He has scored in six of seven games this year.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In seven games he has averaged 8.0 points a game in 21.9 minutes a contest. He is shooting 52 percent from long range (16-31) and is second on the team with 12 steals. His 12 assists are tied for third on the squad. Foster has made a 3 pointer in all seven games and as many as three in four contests, including three of the last four. Foster has a steal in every game this year and an assist in six-consecutive appearances.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 58 percent from the field (30-52), helping the team to a 52 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 55 percent of his shots for his career (242-442). With a 10.4 points per game scoring average, he is No. 4 this season behind Stockman (15.7 ppg.), Sullinger (12.4) and Ivan Harris (10.6 ppg.). Dials has made 14 of his last 22 shots from the field (.636). He has scored in double digits four times this year and in 29 career games.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 50 percent of his shots this year in seven games (11-22). He has connected on 5 of 8 3-point attempts for a .625 shooting percentage. He has made three of his last four long range shots and has a block in three of the last four games with at least one assist in six of seven contests this year.

Veteran Buckeyes Improve Shooting
Ohio State has nine returning players from a year ago, six of those have made significant improvement in their shooting percentages this year. J.J. Sullinger has improved the most from a year ago, increasing his shooting percentage more than 20 percent.

Player 04-05 03-04 Career Terence Dials .577 .505 .548 B. Fuss-Cheatham .442 .390 .339 Ivan Harris .585 .458 .507 Tony Stockman .543 .381 .382 J.J. Sullinger .673 .444 .455 Matt Sylvester .500 .370 .416

Buckeyes Take Break From Games
In a span of 17 days Ohio State played seven games after the season tipped off Nov. 15 in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes played Houston and Creighton in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 23-24 in the semifinals and finals of the Guardians event. Ohio State played at home, this time at St. John Arena, Nov. 27 against Chattanooga and concluded the run of games when they hit the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Clemson Dec. 1. Ohio State then took a nine-day break for final exams before the home game against Portland State.

Hoops Coaches 10-3 In First Games at OSU
The 13 all-time men’s basketball head coaches at Ohio State have a combined record of 10-3 in their first games as Buckeye head coaches. Thad Matta, coach No. 13 in Ohio State history, won his opener vs. Towson, 74-53, Nov. 15.

Buckeyes Win No. 103 this Decade
Ohio State’s record in the first decade of the 21st century is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of the program. Ohio State is 103-59 (.636) since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The winning percentage is the second highest since 1910-19. The Buckeyes were 188-69 (.732) from 1960-69.

Stockman Puts Name in Record Book
Tony Stockman made 73 3-point field goals as a junior, the third most by an OSU player in a single season. His 61 steals total for 2003-04 tied him for the No. 7 spot with Michael Redd (1998) for single season steals at OSU. Stockman also attempted 202 3-pointers a year ago, good for the No. 3 spot all-time for single season long range attempts.

Ohio State 80-20 at VCA
The Buckeyes began season No. 7 at Value City Arena Nov. 15 against Towson in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. The facility opened for the start of the 1998-99 season and since the Buckeyes have built a record of 80-20 in 100 home games. The Buckeyes have not had a home losing season in the VCA’s existence and have 11 or more wins in five of the six years to date, including 15 victories in 1999-2000 and 2001-02 and 14 wins in both 1998-99 and 2000-01.

2007 NCAA Tournament Returns to Columbus
The NCAA tournament will return to Columbus for the opening rounds of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the organization announced in July. Ohio State played host to the first and second rounds in 2004. Games were played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which will again be the site of the event in 2007. Ohio State will act as the host institution for the event.

Clemson, LSU Last to Face OSU
Entering the 2004-05 season, the Buckeyes had played every team from both the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences except for one member school from each league. With both Clemson (ACC) and Louisiana State (SEC) on the schedule this year, Ohio State will finish the year with at least one meeting against every member of the ACC and SEC.

5th Ohio Mr. Basketball Joins Buckeyes
Jamar Butler is the 17th overall and fifth Ohio Mr. Basketball Award winner to play for Ohio State. Butler joins Tony Stockman (2000), Damon Stringer (1995), Greg Simpson (1991, 1992) and Jim Jackson (1988, 1989) as former Ohio Mr. Basketball award winners who went on to play for the Buckeyes.

Attendance in Top 20 for 6th-consecutive Year
Attendance at Ohio State men’s basketball games remained in the Top 20 nationally in 2003-04 and has ranked among the national leaders in all six seasons at Value City Arena. Attendance averaged 14,521 in 15 home games a year ago to rank No. 18 nationally. A total of 1,631,437 have crossed the turnstiles at VCA for an average of 16,819 over 97 total home games since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The average is 3,543 more than the capacity (13,276) at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes (1956-1998).

NCAA Attendance in VCA Era Division I Home Attendance Leaders Year Gms. Total Avg. NCAA Rk 1999 15 258,348 17,223 7 2000 17 317,936 18,702 5 2001 17 298,172 17,540 4 2002 17 282,250 16,603 5 2003 16 256,914 16,057 10 2004 15 217,817 14,521 18 Totals 97 1,631,437 16,819

The Schedule
Ohio State opened the season Nov. 15 at home in the first of two rounds in the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes advanced in the event to Kansas City against Houston (Nov. 23) and Creighton Nov. 24. Other non-conference highlights included the game at St. John Arena against Chattanooga, a road game at Clemson Dec. 1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and additional road games at Texas Tech in Dallas Dec. 16 and at Louisiana State Jan. 15. The Texas Tech game concludes a home-and-home with the Red Raiders. The contests vs. St. Joseph’s and LSU begin home-and-home series with each school. St. Joseph’s, which spent time ranked No. 1 a year ago, will visit Value City Arena Dec. 31. Thad Matta, Ohio State’s first-year head coach, is familiar with the Hawks, having knocked off No. 1 St. Joseph’s 87-67 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last March in Dayton.

Lewis to play for hometown Buckeyes
Ron Lewis, who played his first two seasons of college basketball at Bowling Green State University, transferred to his native Columbus to join Thad Matta at Ohio State. Lewis, a 2002 Brookhaven High School graduate, averaged 14.6 points and scored 877 points in his two seasons with the Falcons. He averaged 17.0 points and earned second team All-Mid American Conference honors as a sophomore before his transfer to Ohio State. Lewis started 55 of 60 career games at BGSU and was an 81 percent foul shooter (340-420) for his career. He will have two years of eligibility at Ohio State beginning with the 2005-06 campaign and becomes the first player to join the Buckeyes under Matta’s direction.

Majority of Buckeye Roster from Ohio
Nine of the 14 student athletes on the 2004-05 Buckeyes roster hail from their home state of Ohio. Seniors Matt Marinchick (Hudson) and Tony Stockman (Medina), juniors J.J. Sullinger (Columbus), Ron Lewis (Columbus), Terence Dials (Youngstown) and Matt Sylvester (Cincinnati), sophomore Ivan Harris (Springfield) and freshmen Jamar Butler (Lima) and Matt Terwilliger (Troy) all found their way home to play for Ohio State.

7 Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of seven student-athletes on the 2004-05 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Junior Ricardo Billings sat out 2002-03 to satisfy academic requirements for eligibility last season. Juniors Terence Dials (2002-03) and Matt Sylvester (2001-02) each sat out a season with back injuries but received medical redshirt seasons to retain four years of eligibility. Senior Matt Marinchick (2000-01) decided to redshirt his first year in Columbus to gain strength and experience. Finally, senior Tony Stockman and junior J.J. Sullinger both sat out the 2002-03 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after leaving Clemson and Arkansas, respectively, following the 2001-02 season. Ron Lewis, a junior transfer from Bowling Green, is sitting out the 2004-05 season and will become eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2005-06. He will have two years of eligibility.