Postgame Notes: Ohio State vs. UNC Asheville

Dec. 15, 2012

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No. 7 Ohio State (8-1) 90, UNC Asheville (3-7) 72
Dec. 15, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 15,041


  • Ohio State improved to 5-0 all-time against UNC Asheville. Overall, OSU holds a 14-0 record vs. teams representing the Big South Conference.


  • Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Sam Thompson (18), Deshaun Thomas (17), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (16), and Evan Ravenel (12).
  • In 46 minutes of play, Ohio State guards Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott combined for 17 assists and only one turnover.
  • The Buckeyes scored 50 points in the paint compared to the Bulldogs’ 28.
  • On the fast break, Ohio State earned a 26-2 advantage in points.
  • The Buckeyes scored 25 points off of 17 UNC Asheville turnovers.
  • Ohio State opened the second half on a 15-3 run after allowing a season-high 35 points in the first half of play.
  • The OSU bench outscored UNC Asheville’s 21-12.  This season, Ohio State holds a 218-111 advantage in bench points against all opponents.
  • The Buckeyes totaled a season-best 25 assists.
  • As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 434-117 all-time. Ohio State is 313-68 when ranked in the Top 10.
  • Ohio State extended its non-conference home winning streak to 38-consecutive games. The last loss was Dec. 27, 2008 vs. West Virginia.

Thad Matta

  • Matta is 229-66 during his career at Ohio State and 331-97 overall as a head coach.
  • In his nine seasons as Ohio State head coach, Matta has compiled a 75-2 record against non-conference opponents at home and a 116-21 record overall against non-conference foes. His teams have never failed to win at least 10 non-Big Ten games.
  • Matta is 11-0 in his coaching career against members of the Big South Conference.
  • During the Matta era at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have a record of 190-21 vs. unranked opponents. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes are 60-1 vs. unranked foes.
  • Ohio State owns a 143-12 home record during the Matta era. The Buckeyes are 61-3 in Columbus over the past four seasons.

Deshaun Thomas

  • Recorded his second double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
  • With 1,080 points, Thomas moves to No. 42 on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 20 points to surpass Mel Nowell for 41st.
  • He has scored in double figures all nine games this season.

Sam Thompson

  • Led the Buckeyes in scoring with a career-high 18 points.
  • Shot a career-best 7-of-8 from the free throw line (87.5 percent).

Shannon Scott

  • Tallied a career-high six steals. The total ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State for steals earned in a game.
  • Has recorded at least one steal in seven-consecutive games this season.

Aaron Craft

  • Recorded one steal against the Bulldogs. He has 185 for his career, 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.
  • Totaled eight assists, a season best.

Evan Ravenel

  • Scored 12 points against the Bulldogs, tying a career high.

Alex Rogers

  • Dished his first career assist as a Buckeye.