Thursday , Jan , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Dials leads No. 19 Ohio State past 15th-ranked Wisconsin

=== Dials leads No. 19 Ohio State past 15th-ranked Wisconsin ===

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Terence Dials led a balanced attack with 15
points and six rebounds as No. 19 Ohio State bested 15th-ranked Wisconsin,
77-67, at Value City Arena.

“Every win is important, especially on your home court,” said Dials. “I’m just
glad our team came out and played hard and got a win. They’re a great team.
Our guys came ready to play and got something done today.”

Matt Sylvester, Ron Lewis and Jamar Butler all added 14 points for the
Buckeyes (13-2, 3-2 Big Ten), who have won two of their last three games.
Je’Kel Foster chipped in with nine points and five boards in the win.

“We came out focused, especially at the start and then through the whole
game,” said Sylvester. “It was a good team effort. We knew we had to get this
one. That’s why when our backs were against the wall so it makes it feel that
much better.”

Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker both netted 21 points for the Badgers (14-3,
4-1), who lost for the first time in five games. Brian Butch chipped in with
11 points despite only playing 19 minutes because of a sprained ankle.

Dead even entering the second half, both teams continued to play a nip and
tuck game. Tucker’s jumper with 13 1/2 minutes remaining brought Wisconsin to
within one, 44-43.

Then, Ohio State finally started pulling away. Butler fueled a 8-0 run over
the next 90 seconds by hitting a pair from the charity stripe and finishing
the burst with a long distance bomb. The three-point shot gave the Buckeyes
a nine-point advantage, 52-43.

Wisconsin closed to within four, 65-61, when Butch drained a jumper with just
under six minutes left.

Ohio State had the answer with six straight points featuring a Foster three
and a Dials jumper. The mini-run gave the Buckeyes a double-digit cushion,
71-61, with 3:32 left.

The Badgers were able to climb within six, 71-65, after a pair of Taylor free
throws with 1:47 remaining but Ohio State quickly stemmed the tide with six
free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

“Right at the end there, if we score on about three or four of those
possessions where we had decent shots, we could have gotten it to two or three
(points),” said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. “Our free throws weren’t going in.
Who knows. But when you can come into a ranked opponent’s gym and be in that
position and get it to six it’s do-able. Our guys battled tonight.”

The Buckeyes blitzed the Badgers out of the gates. Sylvester and Dials
combined to score the first 15 points of the game for Ohio State as the
Buckeyes took a 15-7 edge with just over six minutes gone in the game.

Wisconsin regained their composure and embarked on a 10-0 run, capped by a
Ray Nixon trey, to get back in the game and seize the advantage, 18-15, midway
through the first stanza.

The two teams traded buckets the rest of the half. Butler’s lay-in with
seven ticks left deadlocked the score at 31. Taylor paced the Badgers with 10
points while Sylvester had nine for the Buckeyes.

Game Notes

Butch sprained his ankle in the first half but did return…Wisconsin
announced before the game that center Greg Stiemsma is taking a temporary
leave of absence from the team for medical reasons. The Badgers also lost
freshman forward Marcus Landry, who was ruled ineligible…Wisconsin is 1-3 on
the road this season; Ohio State is 10-1 at home…The Buckeyes lead the all-
time series 81-61, including a 50-20 record in Columbus…Ohio State is now
16-8 against ranked teams at Value City Arena…UW had won three straight
games at Value City Arena.