Nov. 17, 2006
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Attendance: 18,882 Ohio State shot 71 percent (17-24) in thefirst half to lead Eastern Kentucky 43-23 at the break. TheColonels shot 56 percent (10-18) in the opening 20 minutes but a20-2 run over an 8:23 stretch in the middle of the half put theBuckeyes in command. With the win, Ohio State now is 12-0 againstmembers of the Ohio Valley Conference and 3-0 against EasternKentucky. When ranked as a Top 10 team (No. 4 USA Today and No. 5in AP) Ohio State has an all-time record of 199-51. As a Top 25squad, the Buckeyes are 298-91. During head coach Thad Matta’sstint in Columbus, the Buckeyes own a home record of 35-3. He is21-0 vs. non-conference foes (at VCA) and has a 34-3 record atValue City Arena. Ohio State defeated Chattanooga in a non-leaguegame at St. John Arena in November of 2004. The Buckeyes shot 58.3percent (28-48) from the floor overall Friday. Under Matta, OhioState is now 20-2 when shooting 50-percent or better from thefloor. In four games this season, the Buckeyes are averaging 8.43-pointers per game with a total of 43-of-96 (.448). Ohio State haswon its last 22 non-conference home games going 9-0 in both 2004-05and 2005-06 and a 4-0 start this season. Ohio State’s lastnon-conference home loss was to Texas Tech Jan. 4, 2004. FreshmanDaequan Cook connected on all seven of his FG attempts in the firsthalf to finish with 16 points after the first 20 minutes. He missedhis first attempt of the second half and ended 10-for-13 from thefield for the game. He scored a game-high 22 points. Mike ConleyJr. scored a career high 13 points, making all six of his attemptsfrom the field. Conley also netted his first career 3-point FGFriday. The Buckeyes wore a new set of Scarlet and Gray homeuniforms. Ohio State had not worn the gray uniforms since the1991-92 season, the last season at Ohio State for All-AmericanJimmy Jackson, who was in attendance for the EKU game. The Buckeyeshad a season-high 15 steals Friday. The previous high was 13against VMI (Nov. 10). Ohio State tied a season-best by forcing 26EKU turnovers. VMI had 26 turnovers against the Buckeyes Nov. 10.
Ohio State turned the 26 EKU miscues into 32 points.
EKU attempted just four free throws Friday, making two.