Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) 68, Columbia (1-2, 0-0 Ivy League) 54
Value City Arena
Nov. 13, 2007
With the 68-54 win Tuesday night over Columbia, the Buckeyes advance to face Syracuse in the semifinals of the Dicks Sporting Goods Preseason NIT in Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., Nov. 21. Gametime is TBA. The title game is set for Nov. 23.
The game Tuesday was the first meeting between the Buckeyes and the Lions since Feb. 2, 1931 when Columbia edged Ohio State, 30-29, in Columbus.
Ohio State improved to 34-18 all-time vs. the Ivy League. Columbia was the only team without a loss to Ohio State before the Buckeyes’ 68-54 win Tuesday night. Princeton is the most familiar with Ohio State, facing the Buckeyes 13 times.
Ohio State has won the last 26-regular season games at Value City Arena. Matta holds a record of 50-3 at VCA and a 52-3 mark in Columbus in four years, including a school-record 18-0 campaign in 2006-07.
At the helm of the Buckeyes, Matta is 34-4 in regular-season nonconference games. Ohio State owns a record of 34-18 all-time against the teams from the Ivy League.
Ohio State has held its opponents to 70 or fewer points in 33 of its last 41 games, winning all contests.
The Buckeyes have won 34 of their last 35 games when leading at halftime and is 71-8 when leading at the halfway mark under Matta.
The Buckeyes have shot 50 percent or better in both NIT games. Ohio State was 35-for-67 (52.2) against Wisconsin-Green Bay Monday night and was 26-for-52 (50.0) Tuesday vs. Columbia.
Senior guard Jamar Butler tied his career-best of seven rebounds also set vs. Michigan State Jan. 15, 2006.
Butler improved to a tie for third all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 147. Currently, the Lima, Ohio, native is sixth in career 3-point field goals attempted with 397.
Butler set a personal-best of 11 3-point attempts Tuesday night. His previous high was 10 vs. VMI Nov. 10, 2006.
Sophomore David Lighty played a career-high 39 minutes against Columbia. Lighty’s previous career-best was 30 minutes against Penn State (Nov. 12, 2006). Lighty also tied his personal best of four assists, also tallied Monday vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Ohio State is 8-1 when Lighty starts. The Buckeyes’ lone loss with Lighty as a starter came at North Carolina last season (Nov. 29, 2006).
The Buckeyes are 9-1 when Othello Hunter is a starter. The Buckeyes’ lone loss with Hunter as a starter came at North Carolina last season (Nov. 29, 2006).
Freshman Kosta Koufos lifted Ohio State to its largest lead of the game after knocking down a jumper at the 6:32 mark to give the Buckeyes a 57-41 lead in the second half.
Freshman Jon Diebler scored his first field goal, a three-pointer, as a Buckeye, 16:18 into the first half.
Ohio State limited Columbia’s John Baumann to 12 points (4-for-12) in 35 minutes of play after he scored 21 points (7-for-11) for the Lions in 36 minutes of action Monday night against Delaware State.
The Buckeyes went on a 12-0 run over 2:41 (15:28-12:47) in the second half that included three 3-pointers (2 by Jamar Butler and 1 by Evan Turner) to take a 48-35 lead.
Ohio State held Columbia without a field goal until the 4:51 into the first half.
The Buckeyes finished the first half on a 14-3 run over the final 6:29 to erase a 4-point (23-19) deficit to create a 7-point Buckeye advantage at the break (33-26).