Basketball looks to rebound this week vs. Illinois, Men's volleyball sweeps in first home matches
Jan. 21, 2014
Athletes of the Week
Ohio State men's gymnastics redshirt senior Michael Newburger and junior Larry Mayer set and tied NCAA records at the Windy City Invitational Saturday night. Newburger set a new NCAA record on pommel horse scoring a 16.250 on the event during the sixth and final rotation, while Mayer tied the all-time best NCAA record on vault with a score of 15.800.
Ohio State women's swimming and diving senior Alex Norris played a part in setting four pool records as the team claimed first place at the Kenyon Winter Invite. On Saturday, Norris set a record in the 500 yard freestyle after touching the wall in a first-place time of 4:48.51. She also recorded a first-place showing in the 400 individual medley when she touched the wall in a pool-record time of4:21.77. On Sunday, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native set a new pool record in the 200 freestyle (1:48.33) and had a hand in setting another in the 400 freestyle relay (3:23.67).
No. 17 Men's Basketball (15-4, 2-4 Big Ten) Head coach: Thad Matta
Ohio State fell to Minnesota, 63-53, Thursday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn.
Sam Thompson scored 12 points vs. Minnesota. With the total, Thompson surpassed the 500-point mark for his Buckeye career (509).
LaQuinton Ross led all scorers with 22 points and has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 13 games.
Aaron Craft had four assists and seven points vs. the Gophers.
The Buckeyes return to action Monday, Jan. 20 at Nebraska. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Ohio State dropped a 68-62 loss to Nebraska Monday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.
The Buckeyes have not recorded four-consecutive losses since the 2007-08 campaign when the squad fell to Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota (Feb. 17 - March 1).
Thompson recorded three steals vs. Nebraska, tying a career high.
Craft collected two steals, three assists and scored 12 points against Nebraska.
The Buckeyes return to action Jan. 23 against Illinois at Value City Arena at 7 p.m.
Women's Basketball (12-9, 2-3 Big Ten) Head coach: Kevin McGuff
Ohio State fell to No. 16 Penn State, 66-42, Thursday night in University Park, Pa.
Ohio State dropped a tough one Sunday afternoon, 81-74, to visiting Iowa, giving the Hawkeyes their first win at Value City Arena since the building opened in 1998.
Down by 13 with 11:43 remaining, the Buckeyes caught fire and went on an 11-0 run over the next two and a half minutes, highlighted by three layups by Adams, bringing the season-high 7,567 fans to their feet.
Alston played a great game once again for the Buckeyes, scoring a team-high 24 points on 11 of 19 from the field with two 3-point field goals. Martina Ellerbe continued her solid play as well, scoring 17 on 8 of 10 shooting. Raven Ferguson added 11 points off the bench.
The Buckeyes are back in action at 7 p.m. Thursday at Michigan before returning home next Sunday vs. Michigan State.
The No. 4 Ohio State men's gymnastics team closed out the Windy City Invitational Saturday night at the UIC Physical Education Building in Chicago, Ill., in a tie for second place with No. 5 Illinois. The Buckeyes earned a final overall score of 436.050 to finish the season opening meet tied with the Fighting Illini for the second consecutive season.
No. 1 Michigan claimed first place with a team score of 437.500. No. 9 Minnesota placed fourth (424.800), No. 8 Iowa (417.700) placed fifth and host institution UIC rounded out the competition in sixth place (395.500).
Two Buckeyes set or tied NCAA records Saturday night. Redshirt senior Michael Newburger scored a career-high and school record 16.250 on pommel horse to earn the all-time best record on the event while junior Larry Mayer tied the all-time best record on vault with his career-high and school record score of 15.800.
The team also set Ohio State records on pommel horse and vault, earning overall scores of 74.150 and 75.100, respectively.
In addition to Newburger and Mayer, two other Buckeyes also earned individual event titles. Junior Drew Moling tied his career-high 15.500 to earn first place on rings while senior Misha Koudinov tallied a 15.150 to notch first place on parallel bars.
Ohio State returns to action Sunday, Jan. 26 at Illinois in the first of two Big Ten regular season dual meets. The meet is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by BTN on delay.
The No. 19 Ohio State women's gymnastics team fell to No. 16 Rutgers, 195.275-194.775, Sunday afternoon in St. John Arena.
Ohio State started the meet on vault, tallying a 48.700 team score on the event. Sarah Miller led the Buckeyes with a 9.875 to take the event title while Jaine VanPutten and Melanie Shaffer each posted a 9.750.
The Buckeyes moved to uneven bars in the second rotation and posted a 48.225. Victoria Aepli won the event and tied her career-high 9.875 while Tenille Funches posted a second-place finish at 9.825
Ohio State then moved to vault and tallied a 48.775 to win the event. Aepli tied another career high with a 9.850 to tie for the event title while Sarah Grady posted a 9.775 to tie for third.
The Buckeyes wrapped up the meet on floor exercise and recorded a 49.075 to win the event. Shaffer posted a 9.925 to tie for the event title while Miller tallied a 9.850 to take third.
Shaffer finished third in the all-around with a 38.425.
The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Men's Ice Hockey (11-7-1, 1-4-1-0 Big Ten) Head coach: Steve Rohlik
The Ohio State men's hockey team lost to No. 1 Minnesota, 1-0, Friday in the Hockey City Classic outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The attendance of 45,021 was the largest for an Ohio State game in program history.
The only goal of the game was posted by Taylor Cammarata at 4:20 of the second period.
Tomkins played 59:01 for the Buckeyes and had 26 saves on 27 shots, allowing just one goal for the second game in a row.
Neither team was able to score on the power play, with Ohio State 0-for-1 and Minnesota 0-for-2.
Ohio State lost to No. 1-ranked Minnesota, 4-2, Saturday in game two of the weekend Big Ten Conference series between the teams.
The Buckeyes opened the scoring at 10:35 when junior Nick Oddo redirected a shot from DaSilva past the Gopher goalie, with David Gust picking up the second assist.
Brevig, from nearby Lakeville, put the Buckeyes up 2-0 when his shot from the point got through with Ohio State on the power play. Juniors Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz assisted on the tally, which came at 14:16.
Frey had 28 saves in the Buckeye net in 57:09.
Up next, the Buckeyes will play their second consecutive road series, as they travel for two games at Wisconsin next weekend. The teams will face off at 9 p.m. ET Friday and 8 p.m. ET Saturday in the Kohl Center in Madison.
The Ohio State women's hockey team skated to a scoreless tie against Minnesota Duluth Saturday afternoon on the back of a shutout performance by senior goaltender Lisa Steffes at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn.
Steffes stopped all 34 shots faced throughout regulation and overtime for the Buckeyes, who were outshot 34-21 in the contest. The Amherstburg, Ontario native now has four shutouts on the season.
The Buckeyes outshot the Bulldogs in the third period as well as the overtime period. Senior forward Ally Tarr led the team with four shots.
Ohio State played to a 2-2 tie Sunday afternoon against Minnesota Duluth at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn. The Buckeyes picked up two points by taking the shootout 2-0.
Steffes made 29 saves and Tarr scored the game-tying goal late in the third to send the game to overtime.
Ohio State scrimmaged Hill Academy Saturday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. A Canadian prep school whose lacrosse team is comprised of high school post grads, the team faced Division I schools Rutgers, Lehigh, Robert Morris and others in the fall.
The team will next host Navy Jan. 25 and Robert Morris Feb. 1 before opening the regular season at Johns Hopkins Feb. 9 and vs. UMass in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 16. The Buckeyes' regular-season home opener is Feb. 22 vs. Marquette.
The Ohio State pistol team scored 6,409 points to defeat the Naval Academy (6,375) and VMI (5,580) Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The Buckeyes swept the top three individual finishes in standard pistol, as senior Joe Totts claimed first place with a 554, freshman Quentin Cauffman claimed second place with a 542 and senior Kim Hullings earned third place with a 538.
Ohio State also earned second and third place finishes in air pistol, as senior A.J. Tourigny took second place (561) and Totts tied for third place (556).
The Buckeyes outpointed Navy in women's competition as well, defeating the Midshipmen by a score of 2,669-2,658.
Individually, Hullings won women's sport pistol with a 563 and took second place in women's air pistol with a 358 while senior Mariah Skiles finished third in women's sport pistol with a 533.
The Buckeyes return to action Jan. 24-25 at the Winter Open at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range.
The Ohio State rifle team punctuated its first ever trip to Fairbanks, Alaska by firing a new program record 4666 team score Sunday.
On Saturday Ohio State fell 4687-4648 to conference foe and second-ranked Alaska Fairbanks.
In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2309 led by senior Amanda Luoma and sophomore Remington Lyman who fired a 583 and 582, respectively. Freshman Deanna Binnie posted a 576 while junior Greg Hagar (568) and freshman Anthony Cuozzo (564) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
In air rifle Ohio State fired a 2339 again led by Luoma (590) and Lyman (589). Cuozzo (584), Binnie (576) and Hagar (576) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
On Sunday Ohio State fired a new program record 4666, besting their previous high of 4655 fired in a victory over Army in November.
In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a 2315 and were led by a personal best performance from Cuozzo who fired a 583. Luoma also fired a 583 while Lyman posted a 580. Hagar (569) and Binnie (563) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
In air rifle Ohio State fired a program-record 2351 led by personal bests from Luoma (594) and Hagar (588). Lyman (586), Cuozzo (583) and Binnie (573) rounded out team scoring.
The Buckeyes return to action at the Roger Withrow Open hosted by Murray State this coming Saturday, Jan. 25.
No. 11 Men's Swimming and Diving Head coach: Bill Wadley
Junior Tamas Gercsak won both the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley as No. 11 Ohio State finished in first place at Kenyon Winter Invite on Saturday. The Buckeyes totaled 741 points, ahead of Oakland (347), Kenyon (324), Cincinnati (188) and Ashland (125).
Overall, Ohio State won seven of the eight races on the day and was led by a balanced attack that included individual wins by five different swimmers.
The Ohio State women's swimming and diving team continued breaking pool records on Saturday as it claimed first place at the Kenyon Winter Invite. The Buckeyes finished in first place in all eight events and set three more pool records.
Ohio State totaled 795.5 points, ahead of Cincinnati (279), Oakland (246), Kenyon (244.5) and Ashland (140).
Individual standouts for the Buckeyes included senior Alex Norris, who set a pool record in the 200 freestyle and had a hand in setting another in the 400 freestyle relay. In total, Norris played a part in setting four pool records this weekend. Additionally, senior Kelly Ann Baird set a pool record in the 1000 freestyle.
Norris also set pool records in the 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley while Michelle Williams earned three first-place finishes. Overall, the Buckeyes finished first in seven of the eight events on the first day of competition.
Ohio State opens the spring season with a pair of matches against Butler at noon and Xavier at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Varsity Tennis Center. The team then faces Denver Saturday, Jan. 25 and Toledo Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Varsity Tennis Center.
The No. 72 Ohio State women's tennis team split its doubleheader, 1-1, vs. No. 19 Baylor and Prairie View A&M Saturday in Waco, Texas.
The Buckeyes dropped a 4-3 decision vs. the Lady Bears, while the Scarlet and Gray swept Prairie View A&M, 7-0, in their second match of the day.
Baylor jumped to a 1-0 lead after claiming the doubles point with two wins on courts two and three. Ohio State battled back in singles, highlighted by freshman Gabriella De Santis claiming her second career victory over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 38-ranked Kiah Generette in three sets, 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-4).
On court five in singles competition vs. the Lady Bears, senior Noelle Malley topped Makenzie Craft in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, while Nicole Flower recorded a win vs. Alex Leatu on court six, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5).
Later in the afternoon, Ohio State swept Prairie View A&M, 7-0, collecting the doubles point and all singles matches in straight sets.
Up next, Ohio State will compete in the ITA Kickoff Weekend Jan. 24-25 in Coral Gables, Fla., facing off against Miami and LSU or South Florida.
The Ohio State men's track and field team competed at the Nittany Lion Challenge Saturday afternoon in University Park, Pa.
Junior Timothy Faust was the top performer of the day for the Buckeyes, earning a sweep in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes for the second-consecutive meet. He completed his 60-meter sprint in 6.80 seconds and posted a meet-record and season-best time of 21.05 in the 200. His winning time in the 200 meters ranks fourth in Division I this season.
Senior Demoye Bogle and sophomore Donovan Robertson finished 1-2 in the 60m hurdles. Bogle crossed the finish line in a meet-record time of 7.76 seconds, while Robertson turned in a time of 7.85.
Sophomore Champ Page placed third in the 400m in 48.18 seconds.
Freshman Anthony Johnson ran a runner-up time of 1:19.95 in the 600m. Fellow freshman Lamar Bruton was third in 1:20.23.
Sophomore Curtis Hanle was third overall in the 3000m in 8:28.95.
Runner-up honors in the triple jump went to sophomore Julian Vann (14.96 meters/49-1.00).
Junior J.C. Murasky used a 17.21-meter (56-5.75) throw to finish second overall in the shot put.
Freshman Aaron Zedella and sophomore Joseph Velez finished second and third in the weight throw with throws of 18.47 meters (60-7.25) and 18.34 meters (60-2.00), respectively.
The Buckeye team of Page, Rispress, Bruton and senior Javon Walker placed third overall in the 4x400m relays in 3:10.10. The time ranks ninth in Division I this season.
Ohio State returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Rod McCravy Invitational in Lexington, Ky.
The Ohio State women's track and field team enjoyed a successful two days of competition at the Kentucky Invitational Friday and Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Seniors Chesna Sykes and Ashlee Abraham anchored a strong Buckeye performance in the sprints. Sykes placed second in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes, while Abraham was third in both events.
Sykes turned in a time of 7.35, while Abraham crossed the finish line in 7.42 seconds in the 60m.
Sykes sprinted to a runner-up time of 23.85 seconds, the eighth-best time in Division I this season in the 200m. Abraham's third-place time of 24.15 ranks 14th in DI this season.
Freshman Rachel Weber won the 800m in a time of 2:13.49.
The Buckeyes finished second in the distance medley relay in 11:55.09, the sixth-best time in the nation so far this season.
Ohio State returns to action Jan. 24-25 at the Gladstein Invite in Bloomington, Ind.
No. 15 Men's Volleyball (2-3, 0-0 MIVA) Head coach: Pete Hanson
The No.15 Ohio State men's volleyball team topped Lees-McRae, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-12), Friday night in St. John Arena.
Redshirt junior Andrew Lutz led the match with season-high 11 kills and added two service aces. Junior Michael Henchy finished with nine kills, two service aces and seven digs, while redshirt freshman Driss Guessous totaled five kills and a career-best five blocks (2s, 3a).
Junior Dustan Neary had three kills for the Buckeyes and three blocks (1s, 2a). Senior Danny Baker finished with a career-high eight digs and redshirt junior Peter Heinen dished out 28 assists.
Ohio State capped the weekend with a three-set sweep (25-23, 25-22, 25-19) over George Mason Saturday night in St. John Arena.
Lutz totaled a season-high 16 kills in the win and finished with three block assists. Guessos had a career-best 11 kills for the Buckeyes with a .500 attack percentage. Henchy and Neary chipped in eight kills apiece.
Senior libero Danny Baker put together a career night defensively, totaling 10 digs for Ohio State. Heinen finished with a season-high 42 assists and five digs.
Ohio State opens its MIVA schedule on the road at Quincy and Lindenwood. The Buckeyes and the Hawks face off at 8 p.m. ET in Quincy, Ill., Jan. 24. Ohio State then travels to St. Charles, Mo., for another 8 p.m. ET match, Jan. 25, against Lindenwood.
No. 10 Wrestling (7-2, 2-2 Big Ten) Head coach: Tom Ryan
Ohio State earned a 21-12 win over No. 15 Northwestern Friday night at Cincinnati Moeller High School.
The Buckeyes won six matches, including a technical fall by redshirt-junior Logan Stieber (141 pounds) and major decision by redshirt-sophomore Kenny Courts (184 pounds).
Three consecutive victories between 125-141 pounds lifted the Scarlet and Gray to an 11-0 lead. Nick Roberts, a redshirt-freshman 125-pounder who is ranked No. 18 in the nation, handed Garrison White a 13-9 setback.