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Feb. 7, 2004

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Attendance: 17,337 Ohio State’s starting lineup of juniorBrandon Fuss-Cheatham, junior Tony Stockman, sophomore J.J.Sullinger, senior Velimir Radinovic and Terence Dials made theireighth appearance of the season, which marks the most games startedfor the same five-man unit this season. The combination startedfour of the first give games of the season, but had not startedtogether since Dec. 3 vs. Georgia Tech in Columbus. The group hasstarted the last four consecutive games. Michigan State set severalValue City Arena opponent records in the game Saturday. TheSpartans made 33 field goals in the game, topping the previousrecord of 29 set by Kansas on Dec. 23, 2000. Michigan State’soverall 73.3 field goal percentage for the game is also a VCArecord, topping the previous record of 63.2 set by the Spartans onMarch 8, 2003. The Spartans’ shooting percentage is also anall-time record for an Ohio State opponent, topping the previousrecord of 69.6 percent (32-for-46) set by Indiana in Bloomington,Ind., on March 12, 1983.

In the Big Ten record book, Michigan State’s 73.3 shooting percentage is the third-best percentage in a conference game. The record of 75.5 percent (37-of-49) is held by Purdue in a game against Michigan on Jan. 5, 1981.

In the first half, the Spartans shot 80.8 percent (21-for-26) from the field, topping the previous record for shooting percentage in a half of 70.0 percent (14-for-20) set by Coppin State in the first half on Nov. 25, 2002 (a 58-51 Ohio State win). Michigan State shot 70.6 percent (12-for-17) in the second half, which stands as the second-best shooting percentage in a half in VCA history. The Spartans’ 21 made field goals in the first half were also a VCA record, topping the previous record of 18 set by Tennessee State in the second half on Dec. 28, 2002 (a 94-73 Ohio State win).

Michigan State’s Kelvin Torbert (5-for-5) and Maurice Ager (6-for-6) combined to shoot 11-for-11 in the first half for 26 points.

Ohio State was good on its first five 3-point field goals ofthe second half. Four of those came during a 12-3 Buckeye run from15:10 to 12:09 in the second half that brought Ohio State within 11points at 62-51 with 11:40 remaining in the game. With the loss,Ohio State now trails in the all-time series with MSU 57-46. Theloss also drops OSU to 32-20 in Columbus all-time vs. the Spartans.In its sixth season in Value City Arena, Ohio State now is 76-18after the loss to Michigan State, including a 6-5 mark at VCA thisseason. With the loss, Ohio State falls to 11-10 all-time whenplaying on Feb. 7. With the 84-70 loss Saturday, the Buckeyessuffered just their second loss of the season when scoring at least70 points. Ohio State now is 6-2 on the season when reaching the70-point mark. Under Jim O’Brien, Ohio State fell to 87-21 whenscoring 70 points. The loss Saturday gives Ohio State a 7-5 recordas the home team this season. The Buckeyes defeated Virginia Techat Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Dec. 6.

Ohio State player notes

Junior guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham hit two 3-pointers in thecontest, marking the first time in his career he has hit multiple3-pointers in the same game. Junior guard Tony Stockman connectedon 5-of-8 attempts from 3-point range, marking the secondconsecutive game he has hit at least five 3-pointers. Stockman’scareer-high in 3-point makes is eight while playing for Clemsonagainst North Carolina Feb. 27, 2002. Four Buckeyes scored doublefigures in the loss to Michigan State, marking the fourth time thisseason at least four players have scored in double figures. Juniorguard Tony Stockman led the way with 18, senior center VelimirRadinovic had 17, sophomore forward Terence Dials each had 13 andjunior guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham tallied 10 points.

Miscellaneous Notes

The 2003 conference champion Ohio State women’s lacrosse teamwas honored at halftime.