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Nov. 1, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 4-ranked Ohio State opened its 2006-07 season Wednesday with an 80-57 victory over Findlay in an exhibition contest in Value City Arena. Buckeye senior Ron Lewis led all scorers with 17 points and OSU freshman guard Mike Conley topped all players with seven assists in his first action for the Scarlet and Gray.

The Buckeyes carried over their solid outside shooting from the 2005-06 season, connecting on 7-of-11 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half to build a 43-33 lead at the break.

Findlay closed the gap in the second half, pulling to within six at 45-39 with 18:27 to play, but Buckeye guard Jamar Butler converted a 3-point attempt to give the Buckeyes a 12-point advantage (53-41) with less than 16 minutes to go. Ohio State extended its lead to 19 (62-43) on another 3-point field goal from freshman Daequan Cook and an alley-oop dunk by junior Othello Hunter at 11:24 and never looked back. The Buckeyes ended the game on 27-12 run.

Lewis had 11 points at the half on a 4-for-4 mark from the floor and a 3-for-3 clip from 3-point territory. The senior finished the game with three assists and made 6-of-10 field goal attempts. As a team, Ohio State made 10-of-24 (.417) attempts from 3-point range vs. just two makes (16 attempts) for Findlay. Overall, Ohio State shot 50 percent (29-58) from the field and held the Oilers to just a 41-percent mark (25-61).

The first half also served as the first time four of Ohio State’s newcomers (Cook, Conley, Hunter and David Lighty) appeared together on the court at the 15:25 mark in the first half. Greg Oden, also a freshman for Ohio State in 2006-07, sat out the game with an injured wrist.

Ohio State plays one more exhibition game vs. Walsh at 1 p.m. Sunday in VCA.