Nov. 20, 2006
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Attendance: 14,592 The Buckeyes recorded their 200th win as aTop 10 team Monday. When ranked in the Top 10 (No. 3 USA Today andNo. 4 in AP) Ohio State has an all-time record of 200-51. As a Top25 squad, the Buckeyes are 299-91. Ohio State has won its last 23non-conference home games, going 9-0 in both 2004-05 and 2005-06and a 5-0 start this season. Ohio State’s last non-conference homeloss was to Texas Tech Jan. 4, 2004. With the win Monday, OhioState now is 2-2 against members of the West Coast Conference and1-1 against San Francisco, evening the series after the Dons toppedthe Buckeyes, 76-65 at San Francisco in Ohio State’s 2003-04 seasonopener. During head coach Thad Matta’s stint in Columbus, theBuckeyes now own a home record of 36-3. He is 22-0 vs.non-conference foes (at Value City Arena) and has a 35-3 record atVCA. Ohio State defeated Chattanooga in a non-league game at St.John Arena in November of 2004. When Ohio State hosts YoungstownState at 8 p.m. Friday at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, itwill mark the Buckeyes’ first regular-season home game played awayfrom Value City Arena since the win over Chattanooga. Junior JamarButler collected seven assists Monday. Ohio State is now 26-5 whenButler hands out four or more helpers in a game. Senior Ron Lewisscored 15 points Monday, giving him double-figures in all fivegames this season. Freshman Mike Conley has made 12 of his last 15shots from the field over the last three games. He made his lastshot vs. Kent State, all six attempts vs. Eastern Kentucky andfive-of-eight Monday vs. San Francisco. Ohio State made only fourof its first 15 shots (26.7 percent) in the game, but made five ofits next seven shots and 12-of-40 (48.0 percent) the rest of thefirst half to build a 45-29 lead at halftime, which included a 21-8run during the final 6:19 before the intermission. The Buckeyes arenow 5-0 this season when leading at the half (45-29). Ohio Stateconnected on a season-best 91.7-percent (11-of-12) of its freethrows Monday. After shooting at least 52-percent in each of itsfirst four games, Ohio State shot 43 percent (32-74), but held SanFrancisco to a 40 percent mark (23-57). The Buckeyes used a 15-0run to pull away in the second half. The run moved Ohio State’s49-38 lead at 16:54 to 64- 38 at the 12:23 mark. Ohio Stateoutrebounded San Francisco 46-31 Monday for a +15 reboundingmargin, a season high for the Buckeyes, surpassing their +10rebound margin against VMI Nov. 10. Freshman Daequan Cook recordedhis third game of 20 points or more Monday with a game-high 20. Hescored 22 points in two previous games this season. Mike Conley Jr.had nine assists, one off his career-high 10 set vs. VMI. TheBuckeyes dished out 20 assists Monday night, their second-highesteffort of the season, which raised their per game average to 18.0per game, which ties their for most in the Big Ten.