Dials propels No. 21 Buckeyes to 9-0 start
=== Dials propels No. 21 Buckeyes to 9-0 start ===
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Terence Dials dropped in a game-high 23 points
and had nine rebounds to lead No. 21 Ohio State to an easy 87-58 win over
Gardner-Webb at Value City Arena.
Je’Kel Foster added 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting while Ron Lewis also had 14
for the Buckeyes (9-0), who improved to 7-0 at home this season.
Simon Conn netted 14 points and had 13 boards for the Bulldogs (5-4), who lost
for the second time in three games. Brian Bender chipped in 12 points while
Ricky McPhee had 10 in the loss.
In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Ohio State took control
with a 16-2 spurt capped by Lewis’ jumper with 9:49 left in the first half.
The run turned what had been a tight game into a 25-10 Buckeye rout.
After 20 minutes of action, Ohio State pushed the advantage to 17 and led
42-25 at the half. Dials paced the Buckeyes with 12 points, while Conn topped
the Bulldogs with 10.
Ohio State opened the second half in a similar dominant fashion. A 19-8 run
out of the locker room enabled the Buckeyes to extend the lead to 28, 61-33,
with 14:17 remaining.
The closest the Bulldogs could make it the rest of the way would be 23 as Ohio
State cruised to the easy victory.
Thad Matta is 15-0 as Ohio State’s head coach against non-conference foes at
Value City Arena…Ohio State shot 49.2 percent from the field while the
Bulldogs managed to hit just 36.1 percent of their shots…Gardner-Webb won
the battle of the boards, 43-36…Ohio State is playing in its eighth season
at Value City Arena. Since the facility opened for the 19