Nov. 10, 2006

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Attendance: 13,219 Ohio State opened its 108th season of men’sbasketball Friday with a 107-69 win over Virginia MilitaryInstitute in the opening round of the BCA Classic in Columbus. TheBuckeyes will take on Loyola (Ill.) at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in thesemifinals. The Buckeyes are 86-18 in home openers and 82-22 inseason openers all-time. The Buckeyes’ points Friday are a ValueCity Arena record, topping the 104 scored against Penn State Jan.5, 2006 (104-69), which also marked the last time Ohio State scored100 or more points. Ohio State is now 65-1 with reaching thecentury mark, which includes a 46-0 record in Columbus. The 107points is the most in a regulation game since a 121-96 win overGeorge Mason Jan. 8, 1995. When ranked as a Top 10 team (No. 4 USAToday and No. 7 in AP) Ohio State has an all-time record of 196-51.As a Top 25 squad, the Buckeyes are 295-91. Thad Matta owns arecord of 7-0 in season openers as a head coach. He was 1-0 atButler, 3-0 at Xavier and is now 4-0 at Ohio State. The Buckeyesare 5-0 all-time vs. members of the Big South Conference, whichincludes a record of 1-0 vs. VMI. During Matta’s stint in Columbus,the Buckeyes own a home record of 32-3. He is 18-0 in vs.non-conference foes and has a 31-3 record at Value City Arena. OhioState defeated Chattanooga in a non-league game at St. John Arenain November of 2004. Freshmen Mike Conley Jr. and David Lighty madetheir first career starts Friday, marking the first time sinceMichael Redd in 1997 a true freshman started his first game in anOSU uniform. Redd made his debut vs. Kent State, scoring 21 pointsin 39 minutes of court time. He also had nine rebounds. Also makingtheir Ohio State debuts were freshman Daequan Cook and juniorOthello Hunter, who also started his first game as a Buckeye. Cookfinished with 22 points, the most for a true freshman in a debutsince Redd in 1997. Conley Jr. finished the game with 10 assists,one shy of the OSU freshman record. The freshman single game recordfor assists by an Ohio State player is 11 by Damon Stringer vs.Central Connecticut (11/26/95). Hunter’s 13 rebounds Friday tiedfor the fourth-most by an OSU player in Value City Arena. Aftershooting 13-34 from 3-point range, Ohio State is 34-5 all time whenmaking 10 or more 3s in a game. In the last three years underMatta, Ohio State is 18-3 when making 10 or more from long range.Ohio State set a Value City Arena record with 107 points scored.VMI’s 47 3-point attempts also is an opponent and building record.Ohio State’s 43 field goals made also ties a building record.

Friday BCA Classic Scores
Quarterfinals Game 1: IUPUI 86, Alabama A&M 47
Quarterfinals Game 2: Kent State 105, South Dakota State 50
Quarterfinals Game 3: Loyola 68, Princeton 57
Quarterfianls Game 4: Ohio State 107, VMI 69

Saturday BCA Classic Schedule
Consolation Round: Alabama A&M vs. SDSU Noon
Consolation Round: Princeton vs. VMI @ 2 p.m.
Semifinal Game 1: Kent State vs. IUPUI @ 5:30 p.m.
Semifinal Game 2: Ohio State vs. Loyola @ 8:05 p.m.