Dec. 22, 2015

Ohio State 64 (7-5), Mercer 44 (9-3)
Dec. 22, 2015
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 11,460
Happy Holidays!



  • This matchup marks the second meeting all-time between Ohio State and Mercer. Ohio State is now 2-0 in the series
  • The last meeting was Dec. 22, 2004 as the Buckeyes defeated the Bears 102-77
  • The Buckeyes are 14-1 all-time against current members of the Southern Conference


  • Ohio State is 112-13 (.896) at home since the 2009-10 season, the most home wins in the country
  • The Buckeyes outshot the Bears 43 pct. – 35 pct. and have now recorded a better field-goal percentage than their opponent in 11 of 12 games
  • The Buckeyes are 7-2 when JaQuan Lyle, Marc Loving, Trevor Thompson, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop combine to form the starting lineup
  • Ohio State is 7-2 this season when leading at the half. The Buckeyes led the Bears 25-24 at the break
  • The Buckeyes recorded five blocks and have now posted five or more blocks in 10 of their last 11 games
  • The 25 turnovers committed by Mercer marks the season-high by an Ohio State opponent this season. The previous high was 21 by Grambling State and the last time an Ohio State opponent recorded 25 or more turnovers North Carolina A&T committed 26 Dec. 17, 2014
  • Three different players recorded 10 or more points for Ohio State. Jae’Sean Tate had 13, Keita Bates-Diop posted 12 and JaQuan Lyle had 18.
  • Ohio State recorded a season-high 17 steals. The last time the Buckeyes recorded 15 or more steals they notched 18 vs. North Carolina A&T Dec. 17, 2014
  • The Buckeyes outscored the Bears 42-24 in points in the paint


Thad Matta

  • Matta is 306-99 (.756) during his career at Ohio State and 408-130 (.758) overall as a head coach
  • Matta teams have 152 wins vs. non-conference opponents over his 12 years in Columbus
  • Against unranked opponents at home, Matta teams are 171-6, including a 111-3 record vs. unranked non-conference opponents
  • Ohio State is 74-14 (.841) under Matta in the month of December
  • This is the third time Matta has faced Mercer as a head coach, he is now 3-0 all-time in those meetings
  • With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 72-2 when holding their opponent below 35 percent shooting
  • Matta opponents have been called for 20 or more fouls in 122 games. With the 20 fouls committed by Mercer tonight, Ohio State improved to 105-17 in those games
  • The 17 steals recorded by the Buckeyes tonight marks the second-most under the direction of Thad Matta
  • Under the direction of Thad Matta Ohio State is 65-11 when credited with 10 or more steals

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Bates-Diop finished with 12 points on 5-12 shooting and has recorded double-digit points in 10 of 12 games this season


Jae’Sean Tate

  • Tate posted 13 points on 6-9 shooting and has now recorded 10 or more points eight times this season
  • Tate recorded seven steals, tied for second most all-time in a single game in Ohio State history. The feat had been previously achieved four times before; by Aaron Craft twice, vs. American on Nov. 20, 2013 and vs. Iowa Jan. 19, 2011, Kelvin Ransey vs. Minnesota Feb. 23, 1978 and most recently Shannon Scott vs. NC A&T Dec. 17, 2014.
  • Troy Taylor holds the record for most steals in one game with eight vs. St. Joseph’s Dec. 29, 1983
  • Tate’s seven steals is a career-high and his previous high of three had been recorded twice before, last vs. NIU Dec. 16, 2015


JaQuan Lyle

  • Lyle tied his career-high with a game-high 18 points on 7-15 shooting and a 4-6 performance from the free-throw line
  • Lyle added three rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals


Mickey Mitchell

  • Mitchell made his first career appearance recording three rebounds in eight minutes of play


Joey Lane

  • Lane recorded his first career points, connecting from three with 53 seconds remaining