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11/25/2008 9:15 AM
Ohio State (2-0) 61, Bowling Green (3-2) 57
Value City Arena
Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 24, 2008
Attendance: 12,751

Ohio State Postgame Notes

∙ Ohio State is now 52-4 at Value City Arena against non-conference opponents.

∙ With the win, Ohio State is 4-2 against Bowling Green all-time and 49-12 against teams from the Mid-American Conference. The teams last met in 1994 with Bowling Green winning, 59-50.

Thad Matta improved his career record to 209-66 in his ninth season as a head coach. He is 107-35 in his fifth year at Ohio State.

∙ The Buckeyes have won 52-consecutive games against unranked opponents in Columbus (48 in Value City Arena, three in St. John Arena and one in Nationwide Arena). Their last loss to an unranked team was vs. Minnesota, Jan. 19, 2005 (60-56 OT).

∙ Under Matta, OSU is 61-1 against unranked opponents in Columbus, including a 56-1 mark in VCA, 4-0 in St. John Arena and 1-0 in Nationwide Arena.  

Jon Diebler was the leading scorer for the Buckeyes with 17 points, two shy of his career-high of 19. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

∙ Under Matta, Ohio State improved to 88-11 when leading at the half and 96-4 when leading with 5:00 remaining in the game.

∙ Freshmen Anthony Crater had his first career points, a three-point shot in the first half. Crater ended the game with three points.

∙ Sophomore Dallas Lauderdale now has 13 blocks on the season. Lauderdale had six blocks Monday to go along with seven last week against Delaware State.

∙ Lauderdale had a career-best eight points and seven rebounds. His previous highs were four and six, respectively.
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11/25/2008 9:29 AM

Game 2: Will the Buckeyes bring it?

November 24, 2008

Once Delaware State figured out how to avoid Ohio State’s half-court traps and the turnovers they caused, the Hornets hung with the Buckeyes for a while last Thursday night.

Fortunately for Ohio State, it had a double-digit lead to play with and was able to maintain it until it got its halfcourt offense untracked in the second half. But coach was not pleased with the energy his team brought into its opener, a shortcoming he no doubt addressed before tonight’s game with Bowling Green.

The Falcons come in with a 3-1 record, the only loss by six points at Minnesota on Nov.15. They are a deep and experienced team that could exploit the Buckeyes’ faults better than Delaware State did.

“What they did once they broke (the press) was they reset and were going to take their time and move it around a little bit,” Matta said of Delaware State. “You’ve got to keep playing. Teams want to do that. You can’t let up.

“As I told our guys, of their 22 points in the first half, probably 15 of them came in the last five seconds of the shot clock. That’s where you’ve really got to lock down and get the job done challenging shots and rebounding.

“When guys come into the game, whether they were starting and came back in, they’ve got to have a certain level of juice about them.”

Captain called the team’s play “lackadaisical” afterward.

“They would get the ball on offense and kind of pass it around, and we kind of got lackadaisical, just standing around and not pressuring on defense, and it kind of trickled down to our offense,” Lighty said. “We can’t let that happen. It’s supposed to be us out there playing the same way all the time.”

Delaware State, playing its second game in as many nights, employed a zone defense the entire game, which also served to stunt some of Ohio State’s offensive movement.

Other things to look for tonight:

- Can Kyle Madsen, against better competition, continue the production he had against Walsh and Delaware State and remain an option at power forward?

- Ditto for .

- Will William Buford score seemingly as effortlessly against Bowling Green as he did the first two games?

- Who besides is going to bang for rebounds with Bowling Green? And that’s assuming Lauderdale snags more than the one rebound he did against Delaware State. A more assertive would help the cause.

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11/25/2008 9:31 AM

Preview: Ohio State vs. Bowling Green

The next dynamic duo at Ohio State.
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While we wait to see where the football Buckeyes will be playing come January, Thad’s boys will help ease the wait time, taking on Bowling Green in their second game of the season tonight.

The Buckeyes easily took down Delaware State 70-42 on Thursday night, while the Falcons have 4 games under their belt already, including a 2-1 record in the NABC classic.

Ohio State only has a 3-2 record in this series, with a 59-50 defeat coming the last time these two teams faced off in 1994. The Buckeyes haven’t beaten their instate rival since 1992.

2 Jeremie Simmons 10.0 2.0 1.0 G 1 Brian Moten 15.3 2.8 1.8
33 Jon Diebler 9.0 4.0 3.0 G 14 Joe Jakubowski 12.3 3.3 3.8
23 David Lighty 13.0 2.0 3.0 F 2 Darryl Clements 14.8 4.5 4.8
21 Evan Turner 8.0 2.0 3.0 F 34 Erik Marschall 11.0 7.3 0.8
52 Dallas Lauderdale 7.0 1.0 0.00 C 50 Marc Larson 4.3 4.3 1.3


Bowling Green is a veteran team, starting 2 seniors, 2 juniors and a sophomore. They’ve have beaten three cupcakes by an average of 18 points, but lost to Minnesota 68-61. In that loss, the Falcons shot only 35%, including 3-16 from downtown. They committed 14 turnovers, against 11 assists, but still managed to snag 9 steals, leading to 16 Gophers miscues.

BG will employ a 7 man rotation for the most part, with Nate Miller and Otis Polk factoring in. Polk may actually get the start over Larson, but since there isn’t a MAC TV network, I have yet to catch the Falcons in action. You can take a look at BG’s overall stats here, at the great Statsheet.com website.

As indication by the series record, for some reason Bowling Green seems to give OSU fits, but this team went 13-16 last year and needed an overtime buzzer beater to take down Georgia Southern in their first game. It will be up to the Falcons ball handlers and inside defense, as to how long they can stay in this game.

Buckeye Breakdown:

OSU will play their first game at the Schott, after taking a back seat to Reba on Thursday night and playing in their only game this season at St. John Arena. Delaware State was not a good team and the Falcons should bring a stronger test, but I thought the Buckeyes looked good in their first game and I don’t see any reason why they should lose tonight.

Dallas Swatterdale had a strong opening game with 7 blocks and 7 points, besting the debut from BJ Mullens, who took only 2 shots en route to 7 points and 3 boards. These two are going to have a decisive height advantage tonight and need to assert that from the beginning. It will get then by against lesser opponents, but the Bucks are going to need more than 14 points and 4 rebounds a game from this duo.

While the stat sheet doesn’t display it, Jeremie Simmons and Anthony Crater played well in their debuts, seeing split time at the point and displaying two different styles of play. Simmons surprised me with his stroke from outside. He made 3-6 and none of those attempts were forced or early in a possession. He only registered 1 assist, but didn’t have a turnover and displayed a veteran knowledge of the offense.

Crater reminds me a bit of Conley. He isn’t quite the scorer yet, but his quickness saved a few loose balls, harassed the top of the zone and moved the ball around with great crispness. You can tell he is a true unselfish point guard, an aspect OSU missed last year.

William Buford looks to be the best freshman on this team, leading the Bucks with 13 points off the bench. He showed an ability to score from inside or out and might be more of a one year risk than Mullins. Lighty and Turner played as expected, scoring 13 and 8 respectively, while combining for 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 6 assists.

Surprisingly, Diebler lead the team in minutes, with 28 and nailed 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, to finish with 9. He still didn’t drive the ball too often, but it is one step towards redemption for last season.


  • OSU is 48-12 all-time against the MAC.
  • The Buckeyes have won 51 straight games in Columbus against unranked opponents.
  • Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson will call the game tonight. Johnson was signed in the off season and is one of the best in the business.
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11/25/2008 9:31 AM

Too close for comfort

Dallas LauderdaleRight: FORT LAUDERDALE: Ohio State’s Dallas Lauderdale defends the paint and stuffs the shot of Bowling Green’s Erik Marschall. (AP Photo)

Generally, the first few games on the schedule are suppose to be cupcakes, easy wins to pad a team’s NCAA tournament resume while getting ready for stiffer challenges down the road against better non-conference opponents and Big Ten foes.

Sure, Bowling Green gave Minnesota all they could handle back on Nov. 15 in the NABC Classic at the Metrodome, trailing the Golden Gophers by just three points with a little over three minutes left in the game before losing 68-61.

But who would of thought that the Falcons, making the two-hour trip along Route 23 could give Ohio State such a hard-fought game down to the bitter end?

Thanks to sophomore guard Jon Diebler, who scored 17 points, the Buckeyes’ held on to win 61-57 over Bowling Green at Value City Arena, Monday night.

After a dunk by Dallas Lauderdale with 14:38 left in the first half, Ohio State never trailed the rest of the period. The Buckeyes had a 30-24 advantage at intermission, and took their biggest lead after William Buford drained a jumper with 15:13 to go that put OSU up 40-27.

From that point, Bowling Green mounted an 8-1 scoring run fueled on two, three-pointers and Ohio State needed a 30-second timeout to regroup with 13:42 left still leading 41-35.

Diebler’s trey with 9:06 remaining put Ohio State up 46-40, but Bowling Green scored the game’s next eight points to take their first lead since the 15-minute mark of the first half.

Down by two, the Buckeyes took the lead back for good thanks to a pair of conventional three-point plays by Evan Turner and Lauderdale, and another trey by Diebler with 4:08 on the clock and Ohio State leading 55-50.

Bowling Green’s Joe Jakubowski scored on a layup with 1:29 left to make it a one-possession game as the Falcons trailed 57-54. After Turner couldn’t knock down a jumper from behind the arc for Ohio State, Jakubowski had a chance to tie the game with 32 ticks remaining, but his miss was rebounded by Turner, who was quickly fouled, and he made both of his free throw attempts.

With 11 seconds left, Bowling Green’s Brian Moten drained a triple that cut Ohio State’s lead down to 59-57, but David Lighty, who had been 0-for-3 from the foul line earlier, calmly sank a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds to go that put the game away.

The Buckeyes really didn’t scorched the nets, shooting just 40.0 percent (20-of-50) from the field and 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from beyond the arc. Even standing still from 15 feet away, Ohio State was just 14-of-21 (66.7%) from the foul line.

Defensively, Ohio State held Bowling Green to 30.0 percent (23-of-59) shooting from the floor, and 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from three-point range.

One disturbing trend, the Buckeyes were outrebounded once again, as the Falcons had a 39-34 advantage off the glass.

With a close game like this, we definitely get to see how Coach Matta may substitute in the future.

Things we learned?

At point guard, junior Jeremie Simmons is a clear-cut choice after he played 30 minutes and scored six points with three rebounds and five assists. His backup, freshman Anthony Crater, logged 11 minutes and scored three points with a rebound and an assist, even though I thought Crater had played well against Delaware State and Walsh.

Lauderdale is a beast. He scored eight points with seven rebounds and six blocked shots in 29 minutes. In two games, he has 13 blocks. Ohio State’s other post player, 7-foot freshman center B.J. Mullens, who was the No. 1 recruit in the country in this freshman class, had just two points and one rebound in 11 minutes.

Will the real David Lighty please stand up?

Lighty played 36 minutes and took just five shots, scoring four points with five rebounds. He did a great job coming off the bench during his freshman year when the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA championship game as a defensive stopper, but he needs to become a bigger force offensively.

Meanwhile, Diebler played a team-high 37 minutes and was 6-of-11 shooting from the field, plus 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Diebler also had five rebounds and three assists while his wingmate Turner played 30 minutes and was the only other Buckeye to score in double figures with 12. He also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Ohio’s Mr. Basketball?

I can see why William Buford was chosen ahead of Mullens as Ohio’s Mr Basketball last year. Buford scored nine points in 16 minutes of action. He needs more playing time.

Up next, Ohio State will host the Samford Bulldogs at Value City Arena, Saturday afternoon. Tip-off at Value City Arena is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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11/25/2008 9:43 AM
Confident Buckeyes Defeat Visiting Falcons
Diebler had 17 against BGSU.
Diebler had 17 against BGSU.

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Posted Nov 24, 2008

A young Ohio State team struggled throughout the game but found a way to win against visiting Bowling Green on Monday night. Sophomore Jon Diebler led the way with 17 points, as the Buckeyes improved to 2-0 on the young season.

The Ohio State men’s basketball team had been warned.

The date was Sept. 6, and the school’s football team faced a 7-6 deficit to visiting Ohio University at halftime. Looking ahead a few months, head Thad Matta sent a message to his charges.

“I texted our guys at halftime of the OU-Ohio State football game and said, ‘Hey on November 24th we’d better be ready to go,” Matta said, referring to the team’s game with Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green.

Those words proved to be prophetic, as the Buckeyes had to withstand two late charges by the visiting Falcons en route to a 61-57 victory.

It was a win that moved OSU to 2-0, but it was not pretty. The Buckeyes had 15 turnovers, were out-rebounded 39-34 and often struggled to communicate with each other on the court.

But despite all their problems, it was a victory for the Buckeyes – and one the team’s players said afterwards they had no doubts they would earn.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we had full confidence because we practice so hard,” sophomore guard Evan Turner said. “When you practice as hard as we do, you build confidence. You guys might have been nervous, but I don’t think we were.”

The Falcons tied the game at 46-all with 6:48 remaining, capping a 19-6 run that erased a game-high 13-point lead for the Buckeyes. BGSU (3-2) would inch ahead with 5:20 remaining on a pair of free-throws from guard Darryl Clements that made it 50-49 in favor of the visitors, and a young OSU team found itself needing to stage a rally.

It didn’t waste long, as sophomore center Dallas Lauderdale took a pass near the right elbow, spun into the lane and threw down a one-handed dunk, drawing a foul in the process. He converted the three-point play and the Buckeyes held a 52-50 lead with 5:01 remaining.

The basket was the start of an 8-0 run capped by a put-back by junior forward David Lighty that proved to be too much of a deficit for the Falcons to overcome.

They still had a chance, however. Narrowing the deficit to three points with less than a minute to play, the Falcons pushed the ball up the court following a missed three-pointer by Turner. Guard Joe Jakubowski, who had hit on 1 of 2 three-point attempts already, found himself all alone at the top of the circle, but his game-tying attempt rimmed out with 32 seconds left.

Turner and Lighty each added pairs of free-throws to seal the game for the Buckeyes. Lighty’s pair with 6.4 seconds remaining set the final score and came after he had missed his first three attempts from the charity stripe.

“I missed the first three, so I had to make some,” he said. “I just made them at the right time. We needed them.”

The Buckeyes were led by sophomore guard Jon Diebler, who had 17 points. Turner added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Lauderdale had eight points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Freshman guard William Buford came off the bench to add nine points for OSU.

Turner suffered a bloody nose early in the second half after being hit in the face by Lighty. The injury forced him to switch jerseys, and he played the rest of the game wearing No. 25.

The incident occurred after Turner – who had a game-high five turnovers – committed two in the first minute of the second half. After the game, Turner said it was the first nosebleed he had ever experienced and described it as “gross and cool at the same time.”

Matta had a different view on the situation.

“I told Evan that’s what happens when you turn the ball over two straight times: you get a bloody nose,” he said.

BGSU head coach Louis Orr pointed to Lauderdale’s performance in the paint as being particularly key for the OSU victory.

“He gets off the ground so quick that you can release the ball and he can come out of nowhere or he can block the shot after you shoot it,” Orr said. “He’s got a gift at that. If he gets half of those blocks and we score three more buckets, that’s the difference in the game.”

The Falcons were led by guard Brian Moten’s 16 points, while Clements added 13.

The Buckeyes held a 30-24 lead at the half, but it could have been more. OSU had the ball for the final possession of the half with the goal of taking the final shot. With Jeremie Simmons running the point, OSU was unable to get any semblance of offense going and had to settle for a rushed three-point attempt by Diebler that rimmed out.

“I think this was a great game for us,” Matta said. “I think that that’s a team that is going to challenge for the MAC championship. You don’t want to play against them. That is a very good basketball team and obviously proved to be a good test for us. You hope later in the season we look at this and say, ‘Hey, that was a great win.’ ”


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