Dec. 31, 2004

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Attendance: 14,119 (season-high)

Ohio State Notes

After a 39-year hiatus of playing games on New Year’s Eve, theBuckeyes improved their Dec. 31 record to 14-4 with the win tonightover Saint Joseph’s. Ohio State last played on Dec. 31 against WestTexas – a 78-54 win – during the 1965-66 season. Ohio State is 4-0all-time against Saint Joseph’s and tonight marked the firstmeeting between the two schools not in a tournament setting. TheBuckeyes are 19-7 against schools from the Atlantic 10 Conference.Head coach Thad Matta is 4-1 all-time against the Hawks. Ohio Stateis 85-20 all-time in Value City Arena and 9-0 at home this season.The Buckeyes are 11-1 when scoring 70 or more points. Ohio Statefinished the first half on a 14-5 run in the final 3:47 to take a36-26 halftime lead. The Buckeyes have led at halftime in all 13contests this season. Senior Terence Dials tallied histhird-consecutive double-double and his fourth of the season with24 points and 10 rebounds versus the Hawks. Dials also had 24points and 14 boards Dec. 28 against New Hampshire and 29 scoresand 13 caroms Dec. 22 against Mercer, both Buckeye wins. The lastOhio State player to record three-consecutive double-doubles wasDennis Hopson during the 1986-87 season. Hopson had 32 points and10 caroms against Howard on Dec. 13, 41 points and 14 boards atDayton Dec. 16 and 24 scores and 13 rebounds at Jacksonville Dec.19. The Buckeyes beat Howard and Jacksonville but fell to theFlyers that season. Dials’ 24 points marked the sixth time thisseason he has surpassed the 20-point total, including the last fourgames in a row and five of the last six. It also marked the seventh20-point game of his career. Freshman guard Jamar Butler recorded acareer-high 10 points against the Hawks. His previous career bestwas seven against Texas Tech Dec. 12. Junior guard Je’Kel Fosterhas connected on at least one 3-point field goal in 12-of-13 gamesthis season. Senior guard Tony Stockman made one 3-pointer againstSt. Joseph’s to move into a tie for ninth with 109 career treys onOhio State’s all-time career 3-point field goals list. Stockman istied with former Buckeye Jamal Brown (1989-92) and needs three more3-pointers to move into a tie for eighth place.