Feb. 5, 2005

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The attendance vs. Michigan of 19,200 marked the 28th selloutin the seven-year history of Value City Arena. The last selloutcame against Texas Tech, Jan.4, 2004 with the Buckeyes falling80-72. With the win, Ohio State now holds an all-time record of22-6 in sellouts at VCA. Saturday marked the first time Ohio Stateand Michigan have played in front of a sold-out crowd at VCA. Withthe 72-46 win Saturday, Ohio State improved its home record to 12-1at Value City Arena in 2004-05 and 13-1 in Columbus. In downingMichigan Feb. 5, Ohio State improved its record to 5-4 in Big Tenplay. The Buckeyes now have won four-consecutive Big Ten games,their longest conference winning streak since a six-game run toopen the 2002 Big Ten season. With the win, Ohio State defeatedMichigan by more than 20 points for the first time since a 69-47win Jan. 24, 2002. The Buckeyes have defeated Michigan by a20-point margin 11 times in the series history. Ohio State andMichigan faced each other for the 153rd time Saturday. With thewin, the Buckeyes improved to 83-70 all-time against theWolverines. The Buckeyes also improved to 4-1 against Michigan atVCA. The win also snapped a three-game losing skid to theWolverines. Ohio State held Michigan to less than 50 points for thethird time since 1949. The last time Ohio State held the Wolverinesunder 50 points was a 69-47 win, Jan. 24, 2002. The Buckeyes openedthe game with a 17-2 run in the first 5:32 of play. During the run,Ohio State shot 9-of-18 from the field and converted 4-of-43-pointers, while assisting on 7-of-8 made shots. The Buckeyes alsoforced eight Michigan turnovers during the span. Ohio Statesurpassed a season-high for steals with 17 Saturday. The Buckeyesnotched 10 steals in the first half, nearly tying the previous highof 12 forced first-half miscues set in the win over New HampshireDec. 12, 2004. The 17 steals also are the most at Value City Arenaand rank fourth all-time in Ohio State annals. In the first half,Ohio State outscored Michigan 20-2 in points off turnovers. For thegame, Ohio State outscored the Wolverines 31-6 in points offturnovers. Senior guard Tony Stockman converted 7-of-16 shootingfrom the field, ending the afternoon with 16 points. Stockman alsonetted two 3-pointers to give him 129 for his career. Stockmancurrently ranks sixth in Ohio State career 3-point shots made. His56 made 3-pointers this season also ranks No. 9 all-time for asingle season. He also holds down the No. 3 spot with 73 made aseason ago. The Buckeyes took a 40-19 halftime lead into the break.With the win, Ohio State improved to 16-2 when leading at the half.The Buckeyes also improved their mark to 15-2 when leading with5:00 minutes remaining. The 75-65 win Saturday improved Ohio Stateto 13-3 when scoring 70 points or more. From 7:18 to the end of thefirst half, the Buckeyes posted an 18-7 run. During the stretch,OSU went 8-14 from the field. The Buckeye bench outscored theWolverines 15-4 in the first half, 12 of which came from TonyStockman. Ohio State finished the game outscoring the Michiganbench 28-25. The Buckeye bench has contributed 20 or more points ineach of the four games, all wins. Ohio State forced the Wolverinesinto 18 first half turnovers. For the game, Michigan committed 29turnovers which marked the highest turnover total of an opponentagainst the Buckeyes this year. The 29 turnovers also is thesecond-highest tally in the seven-year history of Value City Arena.The most turnovers committed by an Ohio State opponent at VCA was32 by Denver in an 83-46 Buckeye win Dec. 7, 2000. The 29 forcedturnovers are the most by a Buckeye team since forcing 28 by Albanyin an OSU win Nov. 20, 2001. Je’Kel Foster finished the game with11 points, improving Ohio State’s record to 7-1 when he scoresdouble figures. Foster also recorded four assists, matching apersonal best at Ohio State set Feb. 2 against Purdue. JuniorTerence Dials closed the game with 19 points and nine rebounds,marking the17th time this season he has scored in double-digits.Ohio State’s eight made 3-pointers gives the team 202 for theseason marking only the second time in school history a team hasconnected on 200+ 3-pointers in a season. The 1998-99 squad ownsthe school record with 218 made treys in 36 games. The 26 attempted3s vs. Michigan gives the Buckeyes a total of 528 for the year,which also ranks No. 2 all-time. The 26 attempts also is tied forninth all-time for 3-point attempts in a game. The 2004-05 Buckeyesown seven of the Top 9 spots on the 3-pointers attempted list in asingle game at OSU.