Dec. 28, 2004

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AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Terence Dials continued on a tear with 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a 77-59 win over New Hampshire on Tuesday night.

The victory was the fifth in a row for Ohio State (10-2) – and it was the fifth loss in a row for New Hampshire (4-6).

Dials, who has won the last two Big Ten player of the week awards, has averaged 23 points and 10.6 rebounds during the Buckeyes’ winning streak. He has hit 43 of 67 shots from the field (64.2 percent) since Ohio State last lost on Dec. 1 to Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The 14 rebounds tied Dials’ career high.

Dials went 8-for-13 from the field and 8-for-12 at the foul line as Ohio State maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half.

Tony Stockman added 11 points and J.J. Sullinger had 10 for the Buckeyes.

Ben Sturgill, an Ohio native, led the Wildcats with 16 points. Jermaine Anderson chipped in with 10 points.

The Wildcats turned the ball over 21 times, several without an Ohio State defender in the vicinity.

Ohio State led 41-34 after a sloppy first half for both teams. The Wildcats had 14 turnovers but still traded the lead 10 times with the Buckeyes. Surprisingly, they grabbed eight of the first nine rebounds and shot 54 percent in the first half. They seldom got inside against the taller, quicker Buckeyes, who seemed content to shoot 3-pointers over the top of the New Hampshire zone.

New Hampshire’s last lead was at 23-22 on Mike Christensen’s 3-pointer with 8:50 left in the half. Ohio State took the lead for good on Dials’ putback 20 seconds later. The Buckeyes stretched a 32-20 lead by scoring seven of the next eight points – four by Dials.

The Wildcats never got closer than 10 points after the opening two minutes of the second half.