Dec. 17, 2013

Athlete of the Week

  • Ohio State men’s basketball senior guard Aaron Craft became the Buckeyes’ all-time assists leader with 581 assists for his career after collecting four against Bryant and seven against North Dakota State last week. This season, the Findlay, Ohio, native became the first Buckeye in history to record 500 assists, 200 steals and 1,000 career-points (Nov. 16 vs. Marquette) and became just the third player in Big Ten history to accumulate more than 500 career assists and 250 career steals (Nov. 12 vs. Ohio).

No. 3 Men’s Basketball (10-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Thad Matta

  • Ohio State defeated Bryant, 86-48, Wednesday night at Value City Arena.
  • The game Wednesday was the first meeting between Ohio State and Bryant. Ohio State is 10-0 all-time vs. members of the Northeast Conference. OSU defeated conference member Central Connecticut State 74-56 Saturday.
  • Ohio State scored 33 bench points vs. Bryant. The Buckeye bench has outscored opposing benches 197-106 this season.
  • The Buckeyes scored 22 points off of 19 Bryant turnovers. Ohio State had 13 steals as a team, the third time this season OSU has had 10 or more team steals in a game.
  • Ohio State had a season-high 10 blocks as a team.
  • Aaron Craft collected two steals and four assists against Bryant while Amir Williams tied a career-high with six blocks and Jake Lorbach recorded a career-high six points on 3-of-3 shooting.
  • Ohio State defeated North Dakota State, 79-62, Saturday night at Value City Arena.
  • The matchup Saturday was the first meeting between Ohio State and North Dakota State. Ohio State is 6-1 all-time vs. teams currently representing the Summit League.
  • Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: LaQuinton Ross (18 points), Lenzelle Smith Jr. (18), Sam Thompson (12) and Marc Loving (12).
  • With seven assists vs. the Bison, Craft became Ohio State’s all-time assist leader with 581 for his career.
  • Craft collected one steal against North Dakota State. Craft is now tied with Pat Baldwin of Northwestern for fifth all-time in Big Ten History with 272 career steals.
  • Loving scored a career-high 12 points.
  • The Buckeyes return to action Wednesday, Dec. 18 against Delaware at Value City Arena at 7 p.m. and against Notre Dame Saturday, Dec. 21 at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball (7-6, 0-0 Big Ten)
Head coach: Kevin McGuff

  • The Ohio State women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid with a 59-56 win over visiting Army Friday night at Value City Arena.
  • Ameryst Alston led the Buckeyes in scoring for the third straight game with 18 points while hitting 8 of 9 from the stripe. Ferguson recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds while Martina Ellerbe chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
  • The Buckeyes trailed 50-40 with 6:49 left in the game and appeared headed for their fourth straight defeat. But an Ellerbe jumper sparked a 9-0 Buckeye run to cut the lead to one with 3:42 left.
  • Ohio State’s defense turned up the intensity down the stretch and didn’t allow a field goal over the last 2 minutes of the game. Ohio State ended the game on a 10-1 run, hitting its last nine free throw attempts.
  • Ohio State fell at Cincinnati Sunday, 64-49, at Fifth Third Arena in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Alston and Darryce Moore led the Buckeyes with 12 points each while Cait Craft added 10.
  • Raven Ferguson recorded nine points and seven rebounds in her first start of the season.
  • The Buckeyes are back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. UT Martin at Value City Arena.

No. 7 Wrestling (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten)
Head coach: Tom Ryan

  • The No. 7 Ohio State wrestling team lost to No. 1 Penn State, 31-6, Sunday afternoon at Rec Hall in State College, Pa., in its Big Ten opener.
  • Johnni DiJulius and Nick Heflin earned wins for the Scarlet and Gray at 133 and 197 pounds, respectively.
  • DiJulius, ranked sixth, pulled the Buckeyes to within two with his 3-2 victory over No. 15 Jimmy Gulibon. Riding time proved to be the difference as DiJulius rallied from a 2-1 deficit and scored an escape at the top of the third period and accrued more than a minute of riding time.
  • Securing the Buckeyes’ second win of the afternoon, Heflin, polled No. 5, was a 3-1 winner over Wes Phipps. After a scoreless first period, Heflin increased his 1-0 lead to a 3-1 advantage following a third-period takedown.
  • Ohio State will wrap up the first half of the 2013-14 season at 7 p.m. Thursday when it faces Kent State in Kent, Ohio. The Buckeyes will open the 2014 portion of their schedule at Wisconsin Jan. 10. The first home match of 2014 in St. John Arena is against Nebraska at 7 p.m. Jan. 24.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule
12.17.13 – 12.31.13

Tuesday, Dec. 17

  • Women’s Basketball vs. UT Martin, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Wednesday, Dec. 18

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Delaware, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Thursday, Dec. 19

  • Wrestling vs. Kent State, 7 p.m.
    Kent, Ohio

Friday, Dec. 20

  • Women’s Basketball vs. Appalachian State, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Saturday, Dec. 21

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
    New York, N.Y.

Friday, Dec. 27

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena

Saturday, Dec. 28

  • Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Mercyhurst, 7:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

Sunday, Dec. 29

  • Women’s Basketball vs. North Carolina Central, 12 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Value City Arena
  • Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Mercyhurst, 8:05 p.m.
    Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

Tuesday, Dec. 31

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Purdue, 1 p.m.
    West Lafayette, Ind.