Feb. 10, 2007
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Attendance: 18,988 (sellout) Ohio State has won 10 or moregames in Big Ten Conference play 25 times in history. Ohio State,which was 12-4 in 2005, improved to 10-1 with the win over Purdueto post back-to-back double-digit wins in conference play for thefirst time since 1990-92 when the Buckeyes reached at least 10conference wins during three-consecutive seasons. Ohio State haswon its last nine games, including eight-consecutive Big Tencontests. The Buckeyes last won eight straight conference games inthe 1990-91 season. The Buckeyes started the season with an 11-0record in 2005-06. Ohio State is 37-7 all-time in sellouts,including a 10-0 record this season. Head coach Thad Matta is 68-21in his third season at Ohio State. At home, he has directed theBuckeyes to a 48-3 record in Columbus. He is 46-3 at Value CityArena and has a win at St. John and Nationwide arenas. Matta’steams have won 23 straight games at Value City Arena. Ohio State is22-1 this season when leading at the half. The Buckeyes led 33-30at the half Saturday vs. Purdue. Ohio State has won the last sixgames against the Boilermakers. With the win Saturday, Ohio Stateis now 19-4 against Purdue when the Buckeyes are ranked. The winalso moves Thad Matta’s record to 5-1 against Purdue while at OhioState. The score was tied nine times and there were nine leadchanges. The score was tied last at 52 with 4:30 to play in thegame. Ron Lewis broke the tie with a layup with 3:08 to play andthe Buckeyes never gave up the lead. The 3-pointer by MattTerwilliger with 15:21 in the first half Saturday vs. Purdue wasthe second of his career. His previous 3-point basket came in a12-point game against Youngstown State earlier this season (Nov.24) at Nationwide Arena. He was 1-2 from behind the arc Saturday,but finished 2-6 from the floor for five points. With four assistsagainst Purdue, Conley moved into a tie for the No. 5 spot insingle season assists with 157. He moved past Scoonie Penn’s 154 in1999 and is tied with Larry Bolden who had 157 in 1975. CurtisWilson is No. 4 on the list at 162 (1987). Greg Oden and MikeConley Jr. led the Buckeyes in scoring with 14 points apiece. Odennarrowly missed his eighth double-double of the season, grabbingnine rebounds. Oden was 5-7 from the floor and made 4-5 freethrows, while Conley was 5-11 from the floor (including one 3) andmade 3-4 free throws. With two blocks against Purdue, freshman GregOden has swatted 65 on the year, good for the No. 2 spot among OSUfreshmen. Herb Williams blocked 79 as a freshman in 1978. Oden isnow just one block shy of cracking the top 10 in Ohio State’ssingle season blocked shots list (Granville Waiters, No. 10 with 66in 1983). As a team, Ohio State has made 203 of 543 3-pointattempts on the year in 25 games. Those totals rate No. 4 for bothmade and attempt treys in Ohio State history. All nine Buckeyesthat saw action Saturday scored at least two points. Ohio Statehonored its former basketball team captains at halftime Saturday.In attendance were: Jack Graf (1942), Don Grate (1944), JimRemington (1951), Tom Williams (1953), Gene Millard (1957), JimLaughlin (1958), Larry Huston (1959), Dick Furry (1960), JohnHavlicek (1962), Bill Hosket (1968), Denny Meadors (1969), AllanHornyak (1973), Terry Burris (1978), Rick Smith (1979), Ron Stokes(1984, 1985), Troy Taylor (1985), Joe Concheck (1985), JerryFrancis (1989), Jamaal Brown (1992), Tom Brandewie (1993), AlexDavis (1993), Jamie Skelton (1994), Doug Etzler (1995), OtisWinston (1997), Neshaun Coleman (1998-1999) and J.J. Sullinger(2006).