Postgame Notes: No. 3 Ohio State 64, Notre Dame 61
Dec. 21, 2013
No. 3 Ohio State (12-0) 64, Notre Dame (8-4) 61
BlackRock Gotham Classic
Dec. 21, 2013
Madison Square Garden – New York
• Ohio State leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 8-4 and is 66-42 all-time vs. teams currently representing the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
• The Buckeyes scored 17 points in the first 19:10 of the second half and 14 in the final 50 seconds. Trailing 58-50, OSU outscored the Irish 14-3 over the final 50 seconds of play to claim the win.
• Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: LaQuinton Ross (16 points), Amir Williams (13), Aaron Craft (10) and Shannon Scott (10).
• With 12 wins to start the 2013-14 season, Ohio State now has won 10 or more consecutive games in 13 seasons all-time. This year also marks the fifth year in which an Ohio State team has won 10 or more games to start the season.
• As a ranked team, No. 3 Ohio State is 467-124 all-time. The Buckeyes are 333-73 when ranked in the AP Top 10.
• Ohio State held Notre Dame to a season-low 4-of-14 shooting from 3-point range (28.6 percent). Opponents are shooting 25 percent (50-200) from 3 against the Buckeye this season. Entering the game, OSU ranked second nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense.
• The Buckeyes owned a commanding 40-26 edge in points scored in the paint and outscored the Irish 17-6 on the fast break.
• Matta is 262-73 during his career at Ohio State and 364-104 overall as a head coach.
• Against unranked opponents, Matta owns a 214-22 record as Ohio State head coach.
• Matta has directed Ohio State to at least 10 wins during non-conference play in each of his 10 seasons in Columbus. Matta is 132-23 vs. non-conference competition.
• Matta is 61-9 in the month of December as OSU head coach.
• Posted his second career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
• Has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games.
• Collected three steals against Notre Dame. He ranks third all-time in Big Ten history with 279. He needs 22 steals to pass Gary Grant of Michigan (300) for second all-time and 46 to pass Bruce Douglas of Illinois (324) for first.
• Had three assists against the Fighting Irish. He is Ohio State’s all-time assist leader with 585 for his career.
• Scored 10 points. He ranks 43rd all-time at Ohio State with 1,092 career points. He needs nine points to pass Mel Nowell (1,100) for 42nd.
Lenzelle Smith Jr.
• Scored all nine of his points in the final 45 seconds of play.
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