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Nov. 5, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team defeated Walsh University, 87-62, Sunday in its final exhibition game in Value City Arena. Senior guard Ron Lewis topped all scorers with 21 points and backcourt mates Jamar Butler and Mike Conley combined for 15 assists against just one turnover. The Buckeyes knocked down 14 3-point baskets in the win.

Conley, who finished the game with 11 points, passed out a game-best nine assists and had no turnovers. Butler added six assists to go along with his 15 points, coming on a 5-of-10 clip from behind the 3-point arc. Freshman David Lighty had four 3-point makes on five attempts en route to a 13-point game. Lewis was 9-of-12 overall from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point land. He finished several transition breaks for the Buckeyes, who had 24 fast break points.

The Buckeyes took control early, using a 13-1 run from the 15:22 mark to 9:53 to open up a 22-9 lead. Butler and Lewis knocked down 3-pointers and Lewis added a baseline dunk in the spurt. Lighty hit his second three of the first half to extend Ohio State to its largest lead at 37-19 with 1:34 to play and the Buckeyes carried a 39-22 advantage into the locker room.

Another Lewis dunk and Butler three moved Ohio State’s lead to 50-27 at 17:12.

Lewis’ third 3-point goal of the game pushed the Buckeyes ahead 65-37 at 10:20. Ohio State had its largest lead of 31 (77-46) with 5:22 left to play after Butler netted his fourth three.

For the game, Ohio State converted 32-of-62 (.516) attempts from the floor, including a 14-for-31 (.452) clip from 3-point territory. The Buckeyes dished out 22 assists vs. just 10 turnovers. Defensively, Ohio State pocketed 12 steals and forced Walsh into 25 turnovers. The Buckeyes turned the Walsh miscues into 29 points.

Four Ohio State newcomers (Conley, Cook, Hunter and Lighty) all joined Butler in the starting line up Sunday. Hunter was the fifth Buckeye to score in double digits with 12 and pulled down a Buckeye best eight rebounds.

Ohio State opens the 2006-07 season vs. VMI at 8 p.m. Friday in the nightcap of the first day of the Black Coaches Association Classic, which runs Nov. 10-12 at VCA.