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Nov. 7, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-The Ohio State men’s basketball team started the 2003-04 season Friday with an 95-87 win over Coaches vs. Cancer in exhibition play. The Buckeyes were led by newcomers J.J. Sullinger (Columbus, Ohio) and Tony Stockman (Medina, Ohio). The guard duo combined to score 43 points for Ohio State as Sullinger poured in what would have served as a career-high with 26 points.

Ohio State led 46-42 at the half shooting 58 percent from the field (19-33) and 83 percent from 3-point range (5-6). Overall, the Buckeyes shot 57.8 percent from the field (37-64) and 61.5 percent from long range (8-13).

Sullinger, a sophomore transfer from Arkansas, connected on 11 of 15 shots from the floor and 3-3 from 3-point range, while Stockman added 17 points on 6-10 shooting, while adding five assists. Sophomore Matt Sylvester (Cincinnati, Ohio) came off the bench to add 13 points for Ohio State.

Sophomore forward Terence Dials (Youngstown, Ohio) helped the Buckeyes control play inside as he totaled 14 points and five rebounds, leading Ohio State to a 48-18 advantage in points in the paint. Senior center Velimir Radinovic (Toronto, Ont., Canada) contributed nine points and seven rebounds.

In addition to Sullinger and Stockman, a junior transfer from Clemson, freshmen Ivan Harris (Springfield, Ohio) and Nick Dials (New Haven, Ohio) along with sophomore Ricardo Billings (Detroit, Mich.) all saw their first action as Buckeyes. The Buckeyes were able to take advantage of 20 Coaches vs. Cancer turnovers in the game, converting for 22 points off miscues.

Ohio State completes the exhibition portion of the 2003-04 schedule with a game against E.A. Sports Nov. 13 at Value City Arena. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.