Ohio State (2-0) 61, Bowling Green (3-2) 57
Value City Arena
Nov. 24, 2008
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.
Game 2: Will the Buckeyes bring it?
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 Thad Matta
was not pleased with the energy his team brought into its opener, a
shortcoming he no doubt addressed before tonight’s game with Bowling
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 David Lighty 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 Jon Diebler.
- Will William Buford score seemingly as effortlessly against Bowling Green as he did the first two games?
- Who besides Dallas Lauderdale
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 B.J. Mullens would help the cause.
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The next dynamic duo at Ohio State.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Posted on November 25, 2008 by Matt Barker
Right: 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,
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
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
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.
|Confident Buckeyes Defeat Visiting Falcons
Diebler had 17 against BGSU.
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
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
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
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
“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