College Basketball – Ohio State rolls past South Carolina St.

POSTGAME NOTES – Ohio State 73 (8-5), South Carolina State 57 (5-9)

Dec. 27, 2015 – Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 13,506 – GAME/SERIES

 This matchup marks the first meeting all-time between Ohio State and South Carolina State. Ohio State is now 1-0 in the series

 The Buckeyes are 19-0 all-time against current members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference


 Ohio State is 113-13 (.897) at home since the 2009-10 season, the most home wins in the country

 The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs 46% – 33% and have now recorded a better field-goal percentage than their opponent in 13 of 14 games

 The Buckeyes are 8-2 when Jaquan Lyle, Marc Loving, Trevor Thompson, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates- Diop combine to form the starting lineup

 Ohio State is 8-2 this season when leading at the half. The Buckeyes led the Bulldogs 25-17 at the break

 The Buckeyes recorded nine blocks and have now posted five or more blocks in 11 of their last 12 games

 South Carolina State started 3-3 from three, completed one of their next 11 and finished 4-14

 The Buckeyes outrebounded South Carolina State 50-32 and are now 6-0 when recording more rebounds than their opponent this season

 The last time the Buckeyes recorded 50 or more rebounds was Nov. 15, 2015 vs. Mount St. Mary’s

 Trevor Thompson and Keita Bates-Diop both recorded a double-double for Ohio State. Ohio State is 134- 51 (.724) when 2 or more players record a double-double

 The last time two players recorded a double-double in the same game was vs. NIU Dec. 16, 2015 when Jae’Sean Tate and Diop accomplished the feat

 This is the fourth time this season Ohio State had two players with double-doubles and it marks the 10th recorded by Ohio State this season

 Marc Loving and Diop did it Nov. 15 vs. Mount St. Mary’s, Trevor Thompson and Loving Dec. 5 vs. Virginia Military Academy and most recently, Diop and Tate vs. Northern Illinois Dec. 16

 Ohio State recorded a season-high 19 assists on 26 field-goals. The previous high was 17 at Memphis Nov. 27, 2015


 Matta is 307-99 (.756) during his career at Ohio State and 409-130 (.759) overall as a head coach

 Matta teams have 153 wins vs. non-conference opponents over his 12 years in Columbus

 Against unranked opponents at home, Matta teams are 172-6, including a 112-3 record vs. unranked non-conference opponents

 Ohio State is 75-14 (.843) under Matta in the month of December

 This is the first time Matta has faced South Carolina State as a head coach, he is now 1-0 all-time in those meetings

 With Matta at the helm, Ohio State is 73-2 when holding their opponent below 35 percent shooting

 Under the direction of Matta the Buckeyes are 59-1 when recording 43 or more total rebounds


 Bates-Diop finished with a career-high 24 points on 8-14 shooting, including a career-high five 3-pointers

 Bates-Diop added 10 rebounds for his third career double-double

 Bates Diop has recorded double-digit points in 11 of 13 games this season


 Thompson recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds

 Thompson was 4-4 from the free-throw line and is now 23-29 on the season


 Harris recorded a career-high six assists to go with five points, three rebounds and his first career block


 Mitchell recorded his first career points and finished with three points, three rebounds, and an assist