Nov. 12, 2006

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Attendance: 12,883 With the win Sunday, Ohio State wins itsfirst regular-season tournament since December 1998 when theBuckeyes won the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in San Juan, PuertoRico, with wins over Alabama-Birmingham, North Carolina State andMississippi. The last tournament championship of any kind came inMarsh 2002 when Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament. After KentState tied the game at 33-33 just 30 seconds into the second half,Ohio State outscored KSU 48-26 the rest of the way. Ohio State isnow 49-12 against members of the Mid-American Conference and 5-0against Kent State. These two teams last met in 1997 in St. JohnArena (73-67). The game Sunday marked Ohio State’s first against aDiv. I team from Ohio since Dec. 22, 1999, when the Buckeyes beatToledo 64-61. Senior Ron Lewis was named the BCA Classic MVP. Inthe tournament, he totaled 60 points, 19 rebounds and five assists.When ranked as a Top 10 team (No. 4 USA Today and No. 7 in AP) OhioState has an all-time record of 198-51. As a Top 25 squad, theBuckeyes are 297-91. During head coach Thad Matta’s stint inColumbus, the Buckeyes own a home record of 34-3. He is 20-0 in vs.non-conference foes and has a 33-3 record at Value City Arena. OhioState defeated Chattanooga in a non-league game at St. John Arenain November of 2004. The Buckeyes shot 54.9-percent from the flooroverall Sunday. Under Matta, Ohio State is now 19-2 when shooting50-percent or better from the floor. Ohio State made 50 percent ofits 3-pointers against Kent State with a 13-of-26 effort. In threegames this season, the Buckeyes are averaging 11.7 3-pointers pergame with a total of 35-of-77 (.455). Ohio State made 13 3-pointersSunday to improve to 15-0 in its last 15 games when making 10 ormore treys. Three Buckeyes made three 3-points to lead the team.Ron Lewis was 3-of-5, Ivan Harris was 3-of-6 and Jamar Butler was3-of-8.

BCA Classic All-Tournament Team
Ohio State – Ron Lewis (Most Valuable Player)
Ohio State – Daequan Cook
Kent State – Haminn Quaintance
Loyola – Blake Schilb
Princeton – Kyle Koncz

Sunday BCA Classic Scores
Seventh Place, Game 9: VMI 104, South Dakota State 90
Fifth Place, Game 10: Princeton 56, Alabama A&M, 39
Consolation, Game 11: Loyola 77, IUPUI, 73
Championship Game 12: Ohio State 81, vs. Kent State 59