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Jan. 2, 2005

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Attendance: 6,616 (season-high) The Buckeyes are 55-22 all-timeand 35-4 at home under head coach Jim Foster. The victory overPurdue moved Ohio State to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten playthis season. Ohio State is 7-3 all-time against ranked opponents inValue City Arena. With the win vs. No. 20/20 Purdue, the Buckeyesare 4-1 this season against Top 25 teams. The 6,616 crowd is aseason-high home mark for the Buckeyes. The highest Ohio State homemark under Jim Foster was 7,003 people for the Purdue game Feb. 23,2003. Ohio State’s 10 first-half steals vs. Purdue is a season-highmark for first-half turnovers. The Buckeyes tallied eightfirst-half steals vs. Bradley Dec. 28. The Boilermakers had 17first-half turnovers vs. Ohio State. That is the highest mark for aBuckeye opponent this season in the first half. Penn had 13turnovers Dec. 13 in the first 20 minutes.

Purdue’s 25 total turnovers is a high for a Buckeye opponent.

Kim Wilburn had a game-best five steals vs. Purdue – all weretallied in the first half. The Buckeyes are 12-0 when leading athalftime. Against the Boilermakers, Ohio State led 20-17 at thebreak. Sophomore center Jessica Davenport recorded her fourthdouble-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds againstPurdue. It marked the eighth career double-double for Davenport.Davenport has scored double figures in every game this season.Matter has recorded double digit scoring numbers in 11-of-14 gamesand Hoskins in 10-of-13 games, including the last seven in a row.In addition, Davenport has had five 20-point games this season,including the last three consecutive outings. The Buckeyes lead theall-time series with the Boilermakers, 28-22. Purdue had won thelast four consecutive meetings entering the game today.

The Buckeyes, who won the first 20 games of the series, hold a 14-8 edge in Columbus. Before today’s win over Purdue, the last Ohio State victory was a 56-51 win Feb. 23, 2003, in Value City Arena.

Since Jim Foster took over the Ohio State program, he has neverlost the first game after the New Year. In 2003, Ohio State beatTexas Jan. 5 in St. John Arena and in 2004, the Buckeyes beatWisconsin Jan. 2 in Value City Arena. The Purdue game today was thefirst contest for Ohio State in 2005. Ohio State is 12-2 for thefirst time under head coach Jim Foster. A 12-2 start is the bestrecord for a Foster-coached Buckeye team in the first 14 games ofthe season.

The 2002-03 Buckeye squad was 11-2 and fell at Indiana, 54-50, Jan. 12, to move to 11-3.

Ohio State shot a season-low .415 (22-of-53) and the Buckeyesmoved to 3-2 this season when shooting 50 percent or less from thefield.

The previous low mark for Ohio State was .442 (23-52) at No. 10/11 Notre Dame Nov. 20.

Ohio State’s two 3-pointers ties a season-low for the Buckeyes,who also sank two treys in a 66-62 loss at Notre Dame Nov. 20.Purdue scored a season-low 50 points vs. Ohio State. PU tallied 55points in a win vs. Arkansas Nov. 25. Ohio State plays host to No.10/10 Michigan State at 8 p.m. Thursday in Value City Arena.