Saturday , Feb , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Foster leads No. 20 Ohio State past Gophers

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Je’Kel Foster scored 25 points on 8-of-10
shooting as No. 20 Ohio State beat Minnesota, 67-53, at Value City Arena.

Terence Dials posted 15 points and nine rebounds, while Jamar Butler added 10
points to pace the Buckeyes (16-3, 5-3 Big Ten), who have won four of their
last five games.

Jamal Abu-Shamala scored a career-high 16 points to pace the Golden Gophers
(10-9, 1-7), who have lost seven of their last eight games. Adam Boone added
10 points in the loss.

With 2:21 remaining, Minnesota scored four straight points to pull within

Foster scored his career-high seventh three-pointer with 1:21 left, however,
as Ohio State netted seven straight points down the stretch to seal the win
with their largest lead of the game.

Vincent Grier, who had 22 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota’s win at Value
City Arena last year, was held to just nine points and seven rebounds.

A three by Foster 6:49 into the game capped an 11-4 run by
Ohio State to take control early.

Minnesota came within 30-28 after hitting six of their final eight first-half
shots, as Coleman sank a jumper with 1:04 remaining. Abu-Shamala scored 13
first-half points to keep the Gophers close, but the Buckeyes drained six
three-pointers throughout the period and held a 33-28 halftime lead.

The Buckeyes took off on an 8-0 run sparked by a free throw by Dials 1:45 into
the second half, which set the tone for the duration of the game.

The Buckeyes are 12-1 at home this season and 27-3 at Value City Arena over
the past two seasons.

Game Notes

Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak and won its first conference game
of the season by beating then-No. 13 Indiana 61-42 on Sunday afternoon…The
Gophers, 1-5 on the road this season, have lost nine of the past 12 meetings
with Ohio State. Minnesota, however, beat the Buckeyes 60-56 in overtime on
the road last year for its first win in Columbus since 1998…The Buckeyes own
a 22-game edge (75-53) in the all-time series vs. Minnesota, with a 47-18
advantage in Columbus…Ohio State dropped both meetings a year ago…The
Buckeyes are 21-3 all-time vs. Minnesota when ranked among the Top 25 in the
Associated Press poll.