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Feb. 4, 2004

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Attendance: 13,460 Ohio State opened the game connecting on itsfirst four field goal attempts to claim a 9-5 lead at the 17:21mark. The Buckeyes forced turnovers on three of Northwestern’sfirst four possessions with two of the three NU turnovers countingas steals by Ohio State guard Tony Stockman. Ohio State went on a9-0 run to claim a 27-22 lead at the 3:47 mark of the first half enroute to a 31-28 advantage at intermission. With the win Wednesdaynight, Ohio State upped its record to 10-1 when leading at thehalf. The Buckeyes opened the second half on an 8-0 run to claim a39-28 advantage at the 17:45 mark and extended the run to 17-5 toclaim a 48-33 lead with 12:07 on the clock. Four Buckeyes scoreddouble figures in the win over Northwestern, marking the third timethis season at least four players have scored in double figures.Junior guard Tony Stockman led the way with 22, while senior centerVelimir Radinovic and sophomore forward Terence Dials each had 14points. Junior guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham was the final Buckeye indouble digits with 11 points. Ohio State committed just 12turnovers in the win Wednesday night as OSU improved to 7-2 whentotaling less than 15 turnovers in a game. The Buckeyes finishedthe game with a 57.4 percent shooting clip from the floor toimprove their record to 7-0 on the season when shooting 50 percentor better from the field. The Buckeyes assured the 72-64 win overNorthwestern with a 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line in thelast two minutes of play. Radinovic, Dials and Fuss-Cheatham eachconnected on a pair of foul shots in the waning moments. With the72-64 win Wednesday night, Ohio State now holds a 104-44 advantagein the all-time series against Northwestern and 62-14 lead in theseries played in Columbus. Ohio State has never lost to NU in ValueCity Arena and extended its win streak against the Wildcats to 25at home, dating back to 1978. Overall, OSU now has won the last 10meetings vs. Northwestern. The two teams combined to commit 19turnovers (Northwestern 9, Ohio State 10) in the first half of thegame Wednesday night, but were responsible for just five combinedin the second half (Northwestern 3, Ohio State 2). The Buckeyesposted 72 points in the win Wednesday, upping their record to 6-1on the season when scoring 70 points. Under head coach Jim O’Brien,the Buckeyes are 87-20 when reaching the 70-point plateau. In itssixth season in Value City Arena, Ohio State now is 76-17 after thewin over Northwestern, including a 6-4 mark at the VCA this season.With the win, Ohio State moved to 15-9 all-time when playing onFeb. 4. and snapped a two-game losing streak on this date. The winWednesday gives Ohio State a 7-4 record as the home team thisseason, snapping two-game losing streak at home. Ohio State’sstarting lineup of junior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham, junior TonyStockman, sophomore J.J. Sullinger, senior Velimir Radinovic andTerence Dials made their sixth appearance of the season, whichmarks the most games started for the same five-man unit thisseason. The combination started four of the first give games of theseason, but had not started together since Dec. 3 vs. Georgia Techin Columbus.

Ohio State Player Notes

Through the first 28 minutes of the game, the Ohio State frontcourt was 8-for-8 from the floor as both senior center VelimirRadinovic and sophomore forward Terence Dials went 4-4 from thefield. Radinovic accounted for the first miss by the pair at 10:59in the second half. Dials missed his first attempt at the 8:55point of the second half.

Radinovic finished the game 4-of-5 from the field for 14 points, while Dials completed his night 6-of-10 for 14 points.

Radinovic and Dials helped the Buckeyes claim a decided 36-18advantage in points in the paint for the game. The tandem accountedfor eight rebounds apiece and 16 of Ohio State’s 30 in the game.Junior guard Tony Stockman connected on 6-of-10 attempts from3-point range, accounting for his highest output from behind thearc as a Buckeye. Stockman has hit four 3-pointers on two occasionsin his first season at Ohio State, coming against Virginia Tech(4-of-9 on Dec. 6) and Samford (4-of-6 on Dec. 13). Stockman’scareer-high in 3-point makes is eight against North Carolina Feb.27, 2002. Stockman’s 22 points on the night served as his fourththis season with 20 points or more. Stockman’s season-high is 23points against Villanova (Nov. 26). The game is his 16th thisseason with double figures in points. Stockman had three steals inthe first eight minutes of play en route to a game-high andcareer-best six swipes as he recorded his eighth game with at leastthree steals.

Northwestern Player Notes

Northwestern forward Vedran Vukusic connected on 6-of-8attempts from behind the 3-point arc, tying the Value City Arenarecord for 3-point field goal percentage in a game at .750. Vukusicequals the 6-for-8 effort by Todd Shannon of Coastal Carolina Dec.12, 1999. Vukusic was the leading scorer in the game with 24points.

Miscellaneous Notes

The 2003 Ohio State baseball team, which hosted the SuperRegional at Bill Davis Stadium last May, was recognized athalftime.