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Dec. 17, 2004

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Opponent Morehead State (5-2)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 4 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)

Buckeyes Earn Win vs. Texas Tech
Tony Stockman had 23 points, including three 3-pointers in the stretch in which Ohio State regained the lead, leading the Buckeyes to a 77-71 win over Texas Tech. Stockman then hit four free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal the game for the Buckeyes. Texas Tech, which trailed by 13 in the first half, didn’t lead until Curtis Marshall’s 3-pointer with 9:45 left made it 56-55. The teams then traded baskets before Ohio State had four straight 3-pointers, three by Stockton and one by Matt Sylvester, to lead 69-64 with just over five minutes left. The Red Raiders managed to tie the game at 71 after five straight points by Martin Zeno. But Texas Tech didn’t score again in the final three minutes. Sylvester tipped in Stockman’s missed 3-pointer for the go-ahead basket with 2:43 left. The Red Raiders missed five shots and had a turnover their last six possessions. Terence Dials had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham had 12 points – all before halftime. Stockman had five of Ohio State’s nine 3-pointers.

Ohio State to Retire Havlicek’s No. 5 Feb. 27 vs. Wisconsin
John Havlicek, who lettered from 1960-62 for the Ohio State men’s basketball team and later starred for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, will be back on campus Feb. 27, 2005 to celebrate the retirement of his No. 5 jersey. Havlicek helped the Buckeyes to three-consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four and three national championship games during his career. The Buckeyes won the 1960 NCAA title and were runners-up in 1961 and 1962. As a Buckeye, Havlicek scored 1,223 points (14.6 ppg.) and grabbed 720 rebounds (8.6 rpg). He ranks 25th all-time in career scoring at Ohio State and is one of just 41 players all-time to score more than 1,000 points. The Buckeyes were 78-6 during his career. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-American as a senior in 1962. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Havlicek made nearly 51 percent of his shots from the field and 73 percent of his free throws. As a senior, he averaged 17.0 points and almost 10 rebounds a game. Havlicek is the fourth Ohio State men’s basketball player to have his number retired. He joins No. 11 Jerry Lucas (Feb. 23, 2000), No. 35 Gary Bradds (Jan. 27, 2001) and No. 22 Jim Jackson (Feb. 10, 2001).

Four Ohio Natives Play for Eagles
Morehead State visits Value City Arena with four Ohio natives on its roster. Senior forward Chad McKnight is a native of Lancaster, sophomore guard Josh Reed is from East Liverpool and freshmen Kevin McDonald, a 6-10 center, and Bryan Robinson, a 6-7 forward, are from Harrison and London, respectively.

Morehead State Breaks with 5-2 Record
Morehead State took its break for finals after a 62-45 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore Dec. 11 on the road. The Eagles opened the season with an overtime victory over Mount St. Mary’s (66-65) at the Columbia (N.Y.) Classic but then fell to the event host, Columbia, 76-58. Morehead State then won three in a row at home over Kentucky Christian, Asbury and Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne. The Eagles’ other loss was at Kentucky Dec. 8 (71-40).

Buckeyes Hope to Stay Above .500 in Dec. 19 Matchups
Ohio State has an overall record of 10-9 on this date but have dropped three of the last four games, including its last home game, a 62-55 loss to Pittsburgh in 2001. The last win for OSU was a 72-40 victory over Eastern Kentucky in 2000.

12/19/16 W @Ohio Wesleyan, 20-18 12/19/22 W Wittenberg, 38-28 12/19/53 L @Louisville, 76-85 12/19/55 W @Tulane, 72-66 12/19/58 L @Kentucky, 76-95(2) 12/19/60 W @Loyola (Chicago), 90(1)-65 12/19/64 L @Davidson, 64-87 12/19/67 W New Mexico State, 78-75 12/19/78 L Washington State, 67-74 12/19/79 L @Louisville, 65(2)-75 12/19/81 W vs Princeton, 59-55 12/19/84 W Central Florida, 83-59 12/19/85 W Dayton, 80-73 12/19/86 W @Jacksonville, 85-74 12/19/87 L Dayton, 80-81 12/19/92 L @West Virginia, 69-78 12/19/95 L @Chattanooga, 70-83 12/19/00 W Eastern Kentucky, 72(12)-40 12/19/01 L Pittsburgh, 62-55

The MSU Series
Ohio State and Morehead State have met twice previously with the Buckeyes winning both meetings. The series began four years on Dec. 16, 2000 when the Eagles dropped a 93-62 contest in Columbus. The teams met again Dec. 14, 2002 with the Buckeyes coming away with a 74-60 victory in Columbus.

Ohio State Perfect vs. the Ohio Valley
Ohio Valley Conference teams are looking for win No. 1 vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 15-0 all time vs. OVC squads. Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech are both 0-3 against the Buckeyes. Eastern Illinois, Morehead State and Tennessee State are all 0-2 with Murray State, Samford and Tennessee Martin all 0-1. The Buckeyes have never met Austin Peay, Jacksonville State or Southeast Missouri State.

Ohio State vs. the OVC Austin Peay Eastern Illinois 2-0 Eastern Kentucky 3-0 Jacksonville State Morehead State 2-0 Murray State 1-0 Samford 1-0 Southeast Missouri State Tennessee Martin 1-0 Tennessee State 2-0 Tennessee Tech 3-0 Totals 15-0

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 (Dec. 1), 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 .431 shooting percentage (81-188) from long range is best in the Big Ten. The 9.00 made 3-pointers a game trails Illinois (9.33) among league schools. Two of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 10 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. Je’Kel Foster is No. 2 (.474/18-38). Ivan Harris is No. 8 (.433/13-30) and Tony Stockman is No. 12 (.450/27-61). Stockman is No. 4 in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 3.0 per contest. Foster is No. 9 with 2.00 made a game.

Noting the Texas Tech Game

The win over the Raiders was the first for Ohio State againstTexas Tech…the series is even at one win apiece. Ohio State hasled at the half in each of the squad’s nine games this season.Terence Dials scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his andthe team’s first double-double of the season. Dials has four careerdouble-doubles. Tony Stockman’s five made 3-pointers give him 100for his Ohio State career. The win is the first for Ohio State awayfrom Columbus against a current member of the Big 12 Conferencesince a 72-63 win at Nebraska (12/5/87) in the NebraskaInvitational. The last neutral-site win for Ohio State was againstVillanova (67-66) at the Maui Invitational (11/26/04). Ohio Statefinished the game with just eight turnovers with only two committedin the second half. Junior Je’Kel Foster grabbed a career-highseven rebounds in win. Texas tied the game at 71 with 3:13 to playbut the Buckeyes did not allow another score the remainder of thegame.

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 50 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 nine games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 64 percent of his shots (38-59). He is followed by Terence Dials (.568/46-81), Ivan Harris (.515/34-66) and Tony Stockman (.505/54-107). Reserve, freshman Matt Terwilliger (.533/8-15), also has been consistent.

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 3.3/1 assist to turnover ratio (36/11) is best among all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 4.0 assists a game and just over one turnover a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +5.00 turnover margin over opponents (11.2-16.2), good for the No. 1 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.42) is second among league schools. The Buckeyes are No. 2 in field goal percentage defense (.395), No. 1 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.292) and in 3-point field goal shooting (.431). Overall, Ohio State is No. 2 in shooting percentage (.505), 3-pointers made (9.0 pg.) and No. 3 in scoring defense (61.1 ppg.) and third in scoring margin (+14.8 ppg.).

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 101 on the year in nine games and 1,825-combined minutes played by the team. Freshmen Jamar Butler (156 minutes), Matt Terwilliger (59) and Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (18) have played a combined 233 minutes with six total turnovers. Je’Kel Foster, a junior college transfer, has played 202 minutes without six miscues. The newcomers average just one turnover for every 36.3 minutes played. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham leads the Buckeyes with 36 assists and has just 11 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 64 percent of his shots from the field (38-59) in nine games this season. He has scored in double figures in five of the nine games. He trails Terence Dials (7.3 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 4.9 rpg. after a 10-rebound effort vs. Portland State (12/11). Sullinger’s five blocks also leads the team. He has upped his career scoring average to 10.0 points a game with 678 career points in 68 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 eight games this year while recording at least one steal in eight of nine contests.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 36 assists against just 11 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 3.3/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 2 the Big Ten. In 212 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 19.3 minutes played. He is playing 23.6 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. He needs five points to reach 300 as a Buckeye.

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started nine 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 52 percent of his shots (34-66) from the field as a sophomore. 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. He has scored in double digits four of the last six games and has reached 10 or more points six times in his career.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 15.6 points a game this season in 28.9 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. He led Ohio State to a win over Texas Tech in Dallas (Dec. 16) with 23 points. Stockman leads Ohio State with 18 steals. His shooting percentage of .505 (54-107) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 23 games as a Buckeye. His one made 3-pointer vs. Portland State was his 250th of his career. His five made treys vs. Texas Tech him 100 as a Buckeye and 255 for his career.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (156/17.3 per game). He has just four turnovers to go with 20 assists. Butler has gone to the line eight times and has yet to miss a charity toss. Butler has at least one assist in eight games. He has scored in eight of nine games this year.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In nine games he has averaged 7.8 points a game in 22.4 minutes a contest. He is second on the team with 17 steals. His 14 assists are fourth on the squad. Foster has made a 3-pointer in eight games and as many as three in four contests. Foster has a steal in every game this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 57 percent from the field (46-81), helping the team to a 50 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 55 percent of his shots for his career (258-471). With a 12.8 points per game scoring average, he is No. 2 this season behind Stockman (15.6 ppg.). Dials has made 26 of his last 44 shots from the field (.591). He has scored in double digits six times this year and in 31 career games. His 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Texas Tech (12/16) gave him his fourth career double-double.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 60 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in eight games (6-10). He has made four of his last six long range shots and has at least one assist in eight of nine contests this year. His tip-in basket late vs. Texas Tech (12/16) broke a 71-all tie and helped the Buckeyes hold off the Red Raiders for a 77-71 win in Dallas.

Veteran Buckeyes Improve Shooting
Ohio State has eight 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 by about 20 percent.

Player 04-05 03-04 Career Terence Dials .568 .505 .548 B. Fuss-Cheatham .481 .390 .350 Ivan Harris .515 .458 .483 Tony Stockman .505 .381 .382 J.J. Sullinger .644 .444 .456 Matt Sylvester .469 .370 .415

Buckeyes Stay Home
Ohio State closes out the non-conference portion of the 2004-05 schedule with four-consecutive home games before the start of the Big Ten Conference season at Illinois Jan. 5. Ohio State plays host to Morehead State (12/19), Mercer (12/22), New Hampshire (12/28) and St. Joseph’s (12/31) to close out 2004.

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. 105 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 105-59 (.640) 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. He leads Ohio State with 27 made 3-pointers and with 61 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 18 steals.

Ohio State 81-20 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 81-20 in 101 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.