Postgame Notes: Ohio State vs. Missouri-Kansas City

Nov. 23, 2012

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No. 3 Ohio State (4-0) 91, Missouri-Kansas City (2-3) 45
Nov. 23, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 17,478


  • The game vs. Missouri-Kansas City is the fourth and final game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. Ohio State is now 4-0 in the event with wins over Albany, Rhode Island, Washington and Missouri-Kansas City.
  • Ohio State and Missouri-Kansas City met for the first time in men’s basketball.


  • Six Buckeyes scored or tied career highs in points: Sam Thompson (11); LaQuinton Ross (11); Amir Williams (6); Shannon Scott (10); Amedeo Della Valle (three); and Trey McDonald (two).
  • Ohio State had five players reach double figures in scoring: Deshaun Thomas (21 points); Sam Thompson (11); Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (13); Shannon Scott (10); and LaQuinton Ross (11).
  • As a ranked team (AP), No. 3 Ohio State is 430-116 all-time. Ohio State is 309-67 when ranked in the Top 10.
  • The Buckeyes own a 6-0 record against members of the Summit League. Ohio State has recorded wins over Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (1-0), Oakland (2-0), South Dakota (2-0) and Missouri-Kansas City (1-0).
  • Ohio State held Missouri-Kansas City to under 20 points in the first half of play (18 points). The last time an opponent scored 20 or fewer points during a half vs. the Buckeyes was Nebraska (20, 1/21/12). The Scarlet and Gray closed the first half with an 18-2 run.
  • The Buckeyes led by 48 points vs. the Kangaroos. The last time Ohio State held a 40-point lead was vs. VMI (11/23/11). 
  • The Buckeyes out-rebounded the Kangaroos 40-30 overall and 31-16 on the defensive glass.
  • Ohio State scored 38 points in the paint compared to Missouri-Kansas City’s 16 points.
  • The Buckeyes scored 10 second-chance points as well as 13 fast break points. The Kangaroos totaled two second-chance points and none on the fast break.
  • The Buckeye bench outscored the Kangaroos 32-22.

Thad Matta

  • Matta is 225-65 during his career at Ohio State and 327-96 overall as a head coach.
  • Against non-conference opponents, Matta has amassed a record of 112-20 during his tenure in Columbus. His teams have never failed to win at least 10 non-Big Ten games over the last eight seasons.
  • Matta teams, which include his tenure at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State, own a record of 4-0 vs. Summit League foes. Matta is 2-0 vs. Oakland, 1-0 vs. IUPUI and 1-0 vs. Missouri-Kansas City.
  • During the Matta era at Ohio State, the Buckeyes are 43-5 in November and have a record of 186-21 vs. unranked opponents. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes are 56-1 vs. unranked foes.
  • Under Matta, Ohio State is 140-22 when out-rebounding its opponent.

Aaron Craft

  • Recorded two steals against the Kangaroos. He has 177 for his career, which is good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history. David Lighty (2007-11) is No. 2 with 191. Jay Burson (1986-89) is Ohio State’s career leader with 204.

Deshaun Thomas

  • Dropped 21 points against Missouri-Kansas City. Has scored a total of 993 points for his career (80 games).

Evan Ravenel

  • Recorded two steals vs. the Kangaroos, tying a career high. Has tallied two steals on two previous occasions, with the last vs. USC Upstate (12/14/11).

Shannon Scott

  • Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, both career highs.

LaQuinton Ross

  • Scored a career-high 11 points vs. the Kangaroos.
  • Tied a career high with five rebounds recorded. Also posted five vs. Albany (11/11/12).

Amir Williams

  • Tied a career high in points with six. Previously earned six points in a game at South Carolina (12/17/11).
  • Also tied a career high in blocks with four. Last recorded four blocks vs. VMI (11/23/11).

Amedeo Della Valle

  • Earned the first field goal of his Buckeye career, a 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining in the first half of play.
  • With 19 minutes of play recorded, Della Valle also finished the game with five rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots – all of which are career highs.

Sam Thompson

  • Recorded a career-high 11 points for the game. Previously dropped eight points two times, the last vs. USC Upstate (12/14/11).

Trey McDonald

  • Tied career highs in points and rebounds, with two of each.

Alex Rogers

  • Saw first action as a Buckeye vs. Missouri-Kansas City. Recorded one defensive rebound in his debut.