Dec. 22, 2004

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Attendance: 11,931

Ohio State Notes

Ohio State’s final point total of 102 marked the first time theBuckeyes have scored 100-plus points in the six-year history ofValue City Arena. The Buckeyes’ scoring output of 102 points markedthe squad’s highest point total since the 1996-97 season when OhioState faced George Mason also scored 102 points. Junior TerenceDials posted game and career-high marks with 29 points. Dials’ 29points marked the fourth time he has surpassed the 20-point totaland sixth time in his career. Dials also set a career-high in totalfield goals with 12. Along with his career-high 29 points Dialsalso collected 13 rebounds to give him his second double-double ofthe season and fifth of his career. Senior Tony Stockman notchedcareer-highs in rebounds (9) and assists (9). Stockman finished thegame with 10 points to fall one rebound and one assist of atriple-double. Wednesday night marked the first time in schoolhistory Ohio State faced off against Mercer. Ohio State opened thecontest with a 10-3 run in the first three and a half minutes ofthe game and shot 7-9 from the field. The Buckeyes are 82-20all-time when playing in Value City Arena. With the win, Ohio Stateopened the season 7-0 at home, which marked the third time theBuckeyes have opened the season 7-0 at Value City Arena. OhioState’s victory over Mercer improved the Buckeyes record to 24-10in games played on Dec. 22. The Buckeyes win over Mercer improvedOhio State’s record to 7-0 against opponents from the Atlantic SunConference. Junior Je’Kel Foster was 1-2 from behind the arc togive him a 3-point field goal in ten games this season. Ohio Stateimproved its mark to 6-0 when they outrebound their opponent. TheBuckeyes outscored Mercer in the paint 54-26. Ohio State closed outthe first half on a 17-6 run in the final 7:23 to take a 46-35lead. The Buckeyes 46-35 lead at the half marked the 11th time thisseason, Ohio State has led heading into the lockeroom.