Ohio State (3-0) 59, Samford (3-2) 22
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 29, 2008
Attendance: 13,412

Ohio State Postgame Notes

∙ Ohio State is now 55-4 at Value City Arena against non-conference opponents.

∙ With the win, Ohio State is 2-0 against Samford all-time and 9-4 against teams from the Southern Conference. The teams last met in 2003 with the Buckeyes winning, 80-62.

∙ Thad Matta improved his career record to 210-66 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 108-35 in his fifth year at Ohio State. This also the fifth-consecutive season in which the Matta-coached Buckeyes have opened the season 3-0.

∙ The Buckeyes have won 53-consecutive games against unranked opponents in Columbus (49 in Value City Arena, three in St. John Arena and one in Nationwide Arena). Their last loss to an unranked team was vs. Minnesota, Jan. 19, 2005 (60-56 OT).

∙ Under Matta, Ohio State is 62-1 against unranked opponents in Columbus, including a 57-1 mark in VCA, 4-0 in St. John Arena and 1-0 in Nationwide Arena.  

∙ Under Matta, Ohio State improved to 89-11 when leading at the half and 97-4 when leading with 5:00 remaining in the game.

∙ The 22 points scored by Samford was the lowest output of any opposing team since Wabash lost to the Buckeyes 34-22 Dec. 14, 1939.

∙ Evan Turner was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes with 16 points. He also added a career-best 13 rebounds and five steals and also had four assists. It was the third double-double in his career and his first of the season. He is the only current Buckeye to have a double-double in his career.

∙ With three blocks today, sophomore Dallas Lauderdale now has 16 blocks on the season. He has a blocked shot in each of his last seven games. Lauderdale had a career-best 10 points and eight rebounds. His previous highs were eight and seven, respectively.

∙ Freshmen B.J. Mullens poured in a career-high eight points and grabbed a career-best three rebounds

∙ Freshman Walter Offutt scored his first-career basket, a baseline runner, in the first half. Offutt ended the game with four points.

∙ Ohio State held a 47-25 rebounding advantage, with 33 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds

∙ Ohio State held the Bulldogs to just six points in the first half a Value City Arena opponent low – on 3 of 23 (.130) shooting.

∙ Ohio State limited the Bulldogs to 2 of 18 shooting from three-point range, a team-best this season. All but eight of Samford’s points came in the paint.

∙ The Buckeyes held Samford to single digits in scoring for the first 25:37 of the game.

∙ Ohio State held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first 7:25 of the first half while jumping out to a 7-0 lead.

∙ Samford’s bucket with 3:15 before the first half ended a 17-2 run for the Buckeyes that lasted for 9:04.
∙ Sophomore Kyle Madsen pulled down a career-best six rebounds.