Jan. 19, 2005

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Attendance: 12,979 The game tonight against Minnesota markedthe 50th Big Ten game played in Value City Arena. Ohio State is74-52 all-time against Minnesota, including a 46-18 mark in homegames and a 5-1 record against the Golden Gophers in VCA. TheBuckeyes are 86-21 all-time in Value City Arena and 10-1 at homethis season. Ohio State trailed 24-18 at halftime, marking thefirst time this season the Buckeyes have trailed at the break athome. Ohio State’s 18 points in the first half served as its lowesttotal this season. The previous low for the first 20 minutes ofplay was 29 points against Creighton (Nov. 24). The Buckeyes heldMinnesota scoreless from the field for more than four minutes twicein the game. In the first half, the Golden Gophers were heldwithout a point from 8:21 to 4:05. In the second half, Minnesotadid not score from 12:30 to 7:12. Senior guard BrandonFuss-Cheatham’s 3-point field goal sparked a 17-2 Ohio State runfrom 13:52 to 7:12 in the second half. During that span, juniorforward Matt Sylvester scored 11 consecutive points for theBuckeyes. When the scoring run started, Minnesota had its biggestlead of the game, a 35-25 advantage. The Buckeyes tied the game forthe first time at 9:13 when Sylvester hit a layup to make it 37-37.Ohio State and Minnesota were tied 51-51 at the end of regulation.It is the first overtime game in the 7-year history of Value CityArena. The overtime game against Minnesota marks thesecond-consecutive overtime game for the Buckeyes, following a113-101 double-overtime loss at LSU on Jan. 15. It is the thirdovertime game for Ohio State this season. The loss Wednesday nightto Minnesota dropped Ohio State’s record to 0-3 this season inovertime games. The last time Ohio State played in back-to-backovertime games was during the 1981-82 season, when the Buckeyesplayed extra minutes Feb. 4 against Michigan State and Feb. 6 vs.Iowa. Ohio State defeated Michigan State, but fell to the Hawkeyes.Ohio State is 35-51 all-time in overtime games and 17-19 inovertime games played at home. Despite the loss, Ohio State is 4-2in overtime games against Minnesota. Sylvester scored a career-high17 points against the Golden Gophers Wednesday, including 15 in thesecond half. His pervious career high was 14 points at Wisconsin onJan. 11. Sylvester also tallied a career-high seven field goalsWednesday. His previous best was against the Badgers last week.Junior center Terence Dials tallied 20 points and pulled down 12rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and the eighthof his career. Dials scored 20 points for his eighth 20-point gameof the season. In his career, Dials has tallied 10 20-point games.Junior guard J.J. Sullinger tied his career-high with 11 reboundsagainst Minnesota. He also grabbed 11 boards against Virginia Techon Dec. 6, 2003. Fuss-Cheatham played in his 99th game as a Buckeyetonight vs. Minnesota. His 99 games are the most among currentBuckeyes. Fuss-Cheatham will appear in his 100th career gameSaturday when Ohio State plays at Indiana.