Dec. 27, 2004

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Date Dec. 28, 2004
Opponent New Hampshire (4-5, 0-1)
Site Value City Arena (19,200)
Game Time 8 p.m.
Local TV WBNS 10 TV (Ch. 10)
TV Talent Tom Hamilton, Play-by-Play, Bill Hosket, Expert Analysis
Radio OSU Radio Network (59 stations)
Local Radio WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent Paul Keels (P-by-P), Ron Stokes (Color)

Dials Leads Buckeyes to Win vs. Mercer
Terence Dials dominated inside with a career-high 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a 102-77 victory over Mercer. The win was the fourth in a row for Ohio State. Tony Stockman flirted with the first triple-double ever for Ohio State, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. J.J. Sullinger added 16 points, Ivan Harris 13 and Je’Kel Foster 11 for Ohio State, which scored more than 100 points for the first time since beating George Mason 102-72 eight years ago. Dials has set career highs in scoring twice during the Buckeyes’ winning streak. In those four games, he is averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds a game. The 6-foot-9 center hit 12-of-15 shots from the field and 5-of-7 free throws. Jacob Skogen scored 19 points and Will Emerson had 15 for Mercer.

Dials Earns Back-to-Back Big Ten Player of the Week Accolades
Ohio State junior Dials led the Buckeyes past Mercer 102-77 by netting a career-high 29 points to go with 13 rebounds to earn his second-consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week accolade. He made 12 field goals, a career best, on 15 attempts (.800) from the field, while also hitting 5-of-7 free throws. Dials posted his second double-double in three games and fifth of his career, while also reaching double figures for the eighth time this season. He is now tied for the team lead in scoring (14.9 ppg.) while ranking 10th in the Big Ten Conference. Dials also ranks third in the league with a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game. The Youngstown native becomes the first conference player to earn back-to-back weekly honors since Wisconsin’s Kirk Penney, who was named player of the week on Dec. 24, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2001. He is the first Buckeye to earn consecutive honors since Scoonie Penn in 1999 (2/15, 2/22).

Buckeye Start Best Since 2001-02
The 9-2 start to the 2004-05 season is the best since Ohio State began the 2001-02 campaign 15-2. Ohio State plays its next two games at home against non-conference opponents New Hampshire and St. Joseph’s before traveling to Champaign, Ill., to face the No. 1-ranked Illini in the Big Ten Conference opener Jan. 5.

Ohio State Wins No. 1,400 in Program History
In 106 years of basketball since 1898, the men’s basketball program at Ohio State has an overall record of 1,400-976 after the 9-2 start to the 2004-05 season.

Ohio State to Retire Havlicek’s No. 5 Feb. 27 vs. Wisconsin
John Havlicek, who lettered from 1960-62 for the Ohio State men’s basketball team and later starred for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, will be back on campus Feb. 27, 2005 to celebrate the retirement of his No. 5 jersey. Havlicek helped the Buckeyes to three-consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four and three national championship games during his career. The Buckeyes won the 1960 NCAA title and were runners-up in 1961 and 1962. As a Buckeye, Havlicek scored 1,223 points (14.6 ppg.) and grabbed 720 rebounds (8.6 rpg). He ranks 25th all-time in career scoring at Ohio State and is one of just 41 players all-time to score more than 1,000 points. The Buckeyes were 78-6 during his career. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-American as a senior in 1962. A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Havlicek made nearly 51 percent of his shots from the field and 73 percent of his free throws. As a senior, he averaged 17.0 points and almost 10 rebounds a game. Havlicek is the fourth Ohio State men’s basketball player to have his number retired. He joins No. 11 Jerry Lucas (Feb. 23, 2000), No. 35 Gary Bradds (Jan. 27, 2001) and No. 22 Jim Jackson (Feb. 10, 2001).

Wildcats Start 4-5 in 2004
New Hampshire opened the season with a 4-1 record with wins at Liberty, vs. Suffolk University, the U.S. Military Academy and in overtime against Harvard. The loss in the opening five games was on the road at Boston College 84-62. New Hampshire has lost four-consecutive games to Boston University, at Brown, at Dartmouth and at West Virginia.

Rowe Coaches 19th College Season
Phil Rowe is in his sixth season at New Hampshire and his 19th overall as a collegiate head coach in 2004-05. He is 40-111 at New Hampshire and 220-260 overall.

Buckeyes Vie for Win No. 21 on Dec. 28
Ohio State is playing for the 38th time on Dec. 28 since the 1916 season. Overall, the Buckeyes are 20-17, winning six of the last eight games on this date. Though the last two games on this date have not been played in a holiday tournament, the Buckeyes traditionally use this date to compete in special events or holiday tournaments. From 1970-97 Ohio State played 13 of 14 games in various holiday events on this date. Most recently, the Buckeyes played in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu against Kansas Dec. 29, 1997. The No. 2 Jayhawks won that game 69-56.

12/28/16 W vs Westinghouse, 38-18 12/28/19 W @Youngstown Duq., 35-18 12/28/29 W Notre Dame, 29-22 12/28/32 W Notre Dame, 30-24 12/28/34 L @Temple, 24-28 12/28/36 W @California, 30-28 12/28/40 L Princeton, 31-40 12/28/41 L @California, 38-50 12/28/43 W @Norfolk Navy, 62-54 12/28/44 W @Michigan State, 67-31 12/28/46 L @California, 32-48 12/28/49 W vs Cornell, 43-42 12/28/51 L @Washington, 43-78(3) 12/28/54 W DePaul, 83(15)-72 12/28/56 L vs Manhattan, 67-82 12/28/57 L vs UCLA, 78-98 12/28/59 L @Kentucky, 93(3)-96(13) 12/28/61 W vs UCLA, 105(1)-84 12/28/63 L @Utah State, 66-79 12/28/64 W Dartmouth, 90-59 12/28/65 W Wake Forest, 88-81 12/28/70 L vs Stanford (ot), 74-78 12/28/74 L vs Indiana, 71-102(2) 12/28/75 L vs Tulane, 65-80 12/28/76 L vs Princeton, 62-67 12/28/77 L vs Georgia (ot), 80-84 12/28/82 W Eastern Michigan, 58-54 12/28/84 W vs Stetson, 73-67 12/28/86 L vs Arkansas, 94-97 12/28/89 W vs New Orleans, 74-66 12/28/90 W vs Miami (Ohio), 85(6)-67 12/28/92 W vs Oregon State, 85-77 12/28/95 W vs Eastern Kentucky, 92-88 12/28/96 L vs Kentucky, 65-81(3) 12/28/97 L vs Kansas, 56-69(2) 12/28/02 W Tennessee State, 94-73 12/28/03 W Dartmouth, 71-58

The New Hampshire Series
This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and New Hampshire. The Buckeyes are 4-2 all-time vs. the America East Conference. Ohio State is 2-1 vs. Vermont and 0-1 against Northeastern. The other two victories are against Albany and Maryland-Baltimore County. Other league teams include Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, Maine, and Stony Brook.

Buckeyes Setting 3-point Records
Ohio State set the school record with 17 made and 35 attempted 3-point field goals against Chattanooga Nov. 27. In the next game against Clemson (Dec. 1), the Buckeyes knocked down 15 of 25 3-pointers. The 15 made is the second most on record while the 25 attempts is tied for eighth all-time. The Buckeyes connected on 11 of 27 3-pointers at home against Morehead State (12/19/04), marking the third time this season the team combined for 10 or more made treys in a game. The 27 attempts vs. the Eagles ranks No. 4 all time for tries in a single game. The team’s .420 shooting percentage (100-238) from long range is tied for first with Iowa in the Big Ten. The 9.09 made 3-pointers a game also leads the league. Three of Ohio State’s players rate among the Top 12 Big Ten players in 3-point shooting percentage. Je’Kel Foster is No. 5 (.468/22-47), Ivan Harris is No. 8 (.432/16-37) and Tony Stockman is No. 12 (.410/32-78). Stockman is No. 2 in 3-pointers made per game with an average of 2.9 per contest.

Noting the Mercer Game

Ohio State’s final point total of 102 marked the first time theBuckeyes have scored 100-plus points in the seven-year history ofValue City Arena. The Buckeyes’ scoring output of 102 points markedthe squad’s highest point total since the 1996-97 season when OhioState faced George Mason also scored 102 points. Junior TerenceDials posted game and career-high marks with 29 points. Dials’ 29points marked the fourth time this season he has surpassed the20-point total and sixth time in his career. Dials also set acareer high in total field goals with 12. Along with hiscareer-high 29 points Dials also collected 13 rebounds to give himhis second double-double of the season and fifth of his career.Senior Tony Stockman notched career highs in rebounds (9) andassists (9). Stockman finished the game with 10 points to fall onerebound and one assist short of a triple-double, which would havebeen the first in Ohio State history. The game marked the firsttime in school history Ohio State faced off against Mercer. TheBuckeyes are 83-20 all-time when playing in Value City Arena. Withthe win, Ohio State opened the season 7-0 at home, which marked thethird time the Buckeyes have opened the season 6-0 at Value CityArena. Ohio State has one win this season at St. John Arena, theformer home of the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s victory over Mercerimproved the Buckeyes’ record to 24-10 in games played on Dec. 22.The Buckeyes’ win over Mercer improved Ohio State’s record to 7-0against opponents from the Atlantic Sun Conference. Junior Je’KelFoster was 1-2 from behind the arc to give him a 3-point field goalin 10 games this season. Ohio State improved its mark to 6-0 whenit outrebounds the opponent. The Buckeyes outscored Mercer in thepaint 54-26. Ohio State closed out the first half on a 17-6 run inthe final 7:23 to take a 46-35 lead. The Buckeyes’ 46-35 lead atthe half marked the 11th time this season Ohio State has ledheading into the locker room.

Buckeyes Fare Well from Field
As a team, Ohio State is scoring on 50 percent of its shots taken from the field this year. The top four scorers all are making better than 47 percent of their shots after 11 games. J.J. Sullinger leads the starters, making 65 percent of his shots (50-77). He is followed by Terence Dials (.613/65-106), Ivan Harris (.506/43-85) and Tony Stockman (.474/63-133).

Harris, Sullinger Pace Buckeyes in Guardians Event
Ivan Harris led three players in double figures in the two games played in Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Harris averaged 15.0 points followed by Tony Stockman (13.5 ppg.) and J.J. Sullinger (11.5 ppg.). Terence Dials grabbed 9.5 rebounds during the semifinals and finals. In the four games played in the Guardians Classic, Sullinger was the top scorer with 12.5 points a game. Dials was second with 12.3 ppg. followed by Stockman (11.5) and Harris (10.0). Dials averaged 7.3 rebounds in the four games.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten
Brandon Fuss-Cheatham’s 2.53/1 assist to turnover ratio (38/15) rates fifth among all Big Ten players. Fuss-Cheatham averages 3.5 assists a game and just 1.4 turnovers a contest. As a team, the Buckeyes have a +4.0 turnover margin over opponents (11.8-15.8), good for the No. 1 spot in the league. The team’s assist to turnover ratio (+1.42) is second among league schools. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (.386), 3-pointers made (9.1 pg.), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.304) and in 3-point field goal shooting (.420). Overall, Ohio State is No. 2 in shooting percentage (.504) and No. 3 in scoring defense (61.4 ppg.) and in scoring margin (+16.7 ppg.). J.J. Sullinger is second in field goal percentage (.649). Terence Dials is No. 3 in rebounding (7.9 rpg.) and No. 4 in FG pct. (.613). Tony Stockman is fourth with 1.91 steals a game.

Newcomers, Buckeyes Value the Ball
The four first-year Buckeyes on the 2004-05 roster have just 18 turnovers and as a team Ohio State has 130 on the year in 11 games and 2,225-combined minutes played by the team. Freshmen Jamar Butler (193 minutes), Matt Terwilliger (68) and Jermyl Jackson-Wilson (23) have played a combined 284 minutes with 11 total turnovers. Je’Kel Foster, a junior college transfer, has played 234 minutes with seven miscues. The newcomers average just one turnover for every 28.8 minutes played. Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham leads the Buckeyes with 38 assists with 15 turnovers on the year.

Matta Era Underway
The 13th head coach in Ohio State history, Thad Matta took over the Ohio State men’s basketball program July 7. The new staff begins with a roster of 13 players for the 2004-05 campaign, nine of which are returning letterwinners from a 14-16 squad in 2003-04. That Buckeyes team finished ninth in the Big Ten with a 6-10 league mark and a first round exit in the Big Ten tournament.

Noting the Buckeyes
Junior J.J. Sullinger has connected on 65 percent of his shots from the field (50-77) in 11 games this season. He has scored in double figures in seven of the 11 games. He trails Terence Dials (7.9 rpg.) for the team rebounding lead with 5.3 rpg. Sullinger’s five blocks also trail Dials (7) for the team lead. Sullinger has upped his career scoring average to 10.1 points a game with 708 career points in 70 career games. Against Chattanooga Nov. 27, Sullinger tied a career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts. He is making 64 percent of his long range shots this season (9-14). Sullinger has at least one assist in 10 games this year while recording at least one steal in 10 of 11 contests.

Senior Brandon Fuss-Cheatham owns the team lead with 38 assists against just 15 turnovers from the point guard position. His assist to turnover ratio of 2.5/1 is the best of his career and rates No. 5 in the Big Ten. In 259 minutes, he has averaged one turnover in 17.3 minutes played. He is playing 23.5 minutes a contest to date. He set a career high with four made 3-pointers at Clemson while scoring a season-high 14 points against the Tigers. He reached 300 career points (303) as a Buckeye with five vs. Mercer (12/22)..

Sophomore Ivan Harris has started 11 games this year after making two all of his freshman season. He scored a career high 19 points in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic against Houston and then added 11 points in the overtime loss to Creighton, earning him a spot on the all-tournament team alongside teammate J.J. Sullinger. Harris is connecting on 51 percent of his shots (43-85) from the field as a sophomore. He scored five 3-pointers in seven attempts against Chattanooga and then made 5 of 9 treys at Clemson. He made all five attempts in the second half from long range vs. Chattanooga and 4 of 7 in the final 20 minutes at Clemson. He has reached 10 or more points seven times in his career.

Senior Tony Stockman averages 14.9 points a game this season in 28.9 minutes a game. He tallied 13.6 points a game a year ago in 33.5 minutes a contest. Against Delaware (11/19) he scored 26 points, his career-high effort as a Buckeye. He also knocked down six 3-pointers against the Blue Hens. Stockman has connected on six or more 3-pointers three times as a Buckeye. He led Ohio State to a win over Texas Tech in Dallas (Dec. 16) with 23 points. Stockman leads Ohio State with 21 steals. His shooting percentage of .474 (63-133) is the best of his career. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last 25 games as a Buckeye. His one made 3-pointer vs. Portland State was the 250th of his career. His five made treys vs. Texas Tech gave him 100 as a Buckeye. He has 260 for his career and 105 at OSU.

Freshman Jamar Butler has played the most minutes of the freshman class to date (193/17.5 per game). He has just six turnovers to go with 28 assists. Butler has gone to the line eight times and has yet to miss a charity toss. Butler has at least one assist in 10 games. He has scored in 10 of 11 games this year. He has connected on one 3-pointer in three of the last five games.

Junior Je’Kel Foster has made the most of his court time off the bench this season. In 11 games he has averaged 7.6 points a game in 21.3 minutes a contest. He is second behind Stockman with 19 steals. Foster has made a 3-pointer in 10 games and as many as three in five contests. Foster has a steal in 10 of 11 games this year.

Junior Terence Dials is shooting 61 percent from the field (65-106), helping the team to a 50 percent shooting percentage on the year. Dials has made 56 percent of his shots for his career (277-496). With a 14.9 points per game scoring average, he is tied with Tony Stockman for the team lead. Dials has made 45 of his last 69 shots from the field (.652). He has scored in double digits eight times this year and in 33 career games. His 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Texas Tech (12/16) gave him his fourth career double-double. His fifth came vs. Mercer (12/22) with 29 points, a career high, and 13 rebounds. He has scored 10 or more points in six consecutive games.

Junior Matt Sylvester has made 53 percent of his 3-point attempts this year in 11 games (8-15). He has made six of his last 11 long range shots and has at least one assist in 10 of 11 contests this year. His tip-in basket late vs. Texas Tech (12/16) broke a 71-all tie and helped the Buckeyes hold off the Red Raiders for a 77-71 win in Dallas. His six rebounds vs. Morehead State (12/19) are a season high.

Veteran Buckeyes Improve Shooting
Ohio State has eight returning players from a year ago, six of those have made significant improvement in their shooting percentages this year. J.J. Sullinger has improved the most from a year ago, increasing his shooting percentage by about 20 percent.

Player 04-05 03-04 Career Terence Dials .613 .505 .558 B. Fuss-Cheatham .444 .390 .347 Ivan Harris .506 .458 .482 Tony Stockman .474 .381 .381 J.J. Sullinger .649 .444 .463 Matt Sylvester .476 .370 .418

Buckeyes Stay Home
Ohio State closes out the non-conference portion of the 2004-05 schedule with LSU. Ohio State played host to Morehead State (12/19), before home contests vs. Mercer (12/22), New Hampshire (12/28) and St. Joseph’s (12/31) to close out 2004.

Hoops Coaches 10-3 In First Games at OSU
The 13 all-time men’s basketball head coaches at Ohio State have a combined record of 10-3 in their first games as Buckeye head coaches. Thad Matta, coach No. 13 in Ohio State history, won his opener vs. Towson, 74-53, Nov. 15.

Buckeyes Win No. 107 this Decade
Ohio State’s record in the first decade of the 21st century is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of the program. Ohio State is 107-59 (.644) since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The winning percentage is the second highest since 1910-19. The Buckeyes were 188-69 (.732) from 1960-69.

Stockman Puts Name in Record Book
Tony Stockman made 73 3-point field goals as a junior, the third most by an OSU player in a single season. His 61 steals total for 2003-04 tied him for the No. 7 spot with Michael Redd (1998) for single season steals at OSU. Stockman also attempted 202 3-pointers a year ago, good for the No. 3 spot all-time for single season long range attempts. He leads Ohio State with 27 made 3-pointers and with 61 attempted treys this year. He also is the team leader with 18 steals.

Ohio State 83-20 at VCA
The Buckeyes began season No. 7 at Value City Arena Nov. 15 against Towson in the opening round of the Guardians Classic. The facility opened for the start of the 1998-99 season and since the Buckeyes have built a record of 83-20 in 103 home games. The Buckeyes have not had a home losing season in the VCA’s existence and have 11 or more wins in five of the six years to date, including 15 victories in 1999-2000 and 2001-02 and 14 wins in both 1998-99 and 2000-01. Ohio State is 7-0 in 2004-05 and 6-0 at VCA.

2007 NCAA Tournament Returns to Columbus
The NCAA tournament will return to Columbus for the opening rounds of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the organization announced in July. Ohio State played host to the first and second rounds in 2004. Games were played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, which will again be the site of the event in 2007. Ohio State will act as the host institution for the event.

Clemson, LSU Last to Face OSU
Entering the 2004-05 season, the Buckeyes had played every team from both the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences except for one member school from each league. With both Clemson (ACC) and Louisiana State (SEC) on the schedule this year, Ohio State will finish the year with at least one meeting against every member of the ACC and SEC.

5th Ohio Mr. Basketball Joins Buckeyes
Jamar Butler is the 17th overall and fifth Ohio Mr. Basketball Award winner to play for Ohio State. Butler joins Tony Stockman (2000), Damon Stringer (1995), Greg Simpson (1991, 1992) and Jim Jackson (1988, 1989) as former Ohio Mr. Basketball award winners who went on to play for the Buckeyes.

Attendance in Top 20 for 6th-consecutive Year
Attendance at Ohio State men’s basketball games remained in the Top 20 nationally in 2003-04 and has ranked among the national leaders in all six seasons at Value City Arena. Attendance averaged 14,521 in 15 home games a year ago to rank No. 18 nationally. A total of 1,631,437 have crossed the turnstiles at VCA for an average of 16,819 over 97 total home games since the facility opened for the 1998-99 season. The average is 3,543 more than the capacity (13,276) at St. John Arena, the former home of the Buckeyes (1956-1998).

NCAA Attendance in VCA Era Division I Home Attendance Leaders Year Gms. Total Avg. NCAA Rk 1999 15 258,348 17,223 7 2000 17 317,936 18,702 5 2001 17 298,172 17,540 4 2002 17 282,250 16,603 5 2003 16 256,914 16,057 10 2004 15 217,817 14,521 18 Totals 97 1,631,437 16,819

The Schedule
Ohio State opened the season Nov. 15 at home in the first of two rounds in the Guardians Classic. The Buckeyes advanced in the event to Kansas City against Houston (Nov. 23) and Creighton Nov. 24. Other non-conference highlights included the game at St. John Arena against Chattanooga, a road game at Clemson Dec. 1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and additional road games at Texas Tech in Dallas Dec. 16 and at Louisiana State Jan. 15. The Texas Tech game concludes a home-and-home with the Red Raiders. The contests vs. St. Joseph’s and LSU begin home-and-home series with each school. St. Joseph’s, which spent time ranked No. 1 a year ago, will visit Value City Arena Dec. 31. Thad Matta, Ohio State’s first-year head coach, is familiar with the Hawks, having knocked off No. 1 St. Joseph’s 87-67 in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament last March in Dayton.

Lewis to play for hometown Buckeyes
Ron Lewis, who played his first two seasons of college basketball at Bowling Green State University, transferred to his native Columbus to join Thad Matta at Ohio State. Lewis, a 2002 Brookhaven High School graduate, averaged 14.6 points and scored 877 points in his two seasons with the Falcons. He averaged 17.0 points and earned second team All-Mid American Conference honors as a sophomore before his transfer to Ohio State. Lewis started 55 of 60 career games at BGSU and was an 81 percent foul shooter (340-420) for his career. He will have two years of eligibility at Ohio State beginning with the 2005-06 campaign and becomes the first player to join the Buckeyes under Matta’s direction.

Majority of Buckeye Roster from Ohio
Nine of the 14 student athletes on the 2004-05 Buckeyes roster hail from their home state of Ohio. Seniors Matt Marinchick (Hudson) and Tony Stockman (Medina), juniors J.J. Sullinger (Columbus), Ron Lewis (Columbus), Terence Dials (Youngstown) and Matt Sylvester (Cincinnati), sophomore Ivan Harris (Springfield) and freshmen Jamar Butler (Lima) and Matt Terwilliger (Troy) all found their way home to play for Ohio State.

6 Buckeyes Spend Year in Residence
A total of six student-athletes on the 2004-05 roster have spent a year on the Ohio State campus without playing in games for the Buckeyes. Juniors Terence Dials (2002-03) and Matt Sylvester (2001-02) each sat out a season with back injuries but received medical redshirt seasons to retain four years of eligibility. Senior Matt Marinchick (2000-01) decided to redshirt his first year in Columbus to gain strength and experience. Finally, senior Tony Stockman and junior J.J. Sullinger both sat out the 2002-03 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after leaving Clemson and Arkansas, respectively, following the 2001-02 season. Ron Lewis, a junior transfer from Bowling Green, is sitting out the 2004-05 season and will become eligible to play for the Buckeyes in 2005-06. He will have two years of eligibility.