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The 49ers of Long Beach State and Ohio State have met just once previously, a 93-86 win for the Buckeyes Nov. 26, 1987, at the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 432-117 all-time. Ohio State is 311-68 when ranked in the Top 10.
Against members of the Big West Conference, Ohio State is 8-1 all-time.
Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun Thomas (18), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (14), LaQuintin Ross (16) and Sam Thompson (13).
Five players tied or set career highs in points: Sam Thompson (13), Amir Williams (seven), Amedeo Della Valle (five), Trey McDonald (four), and Alex Rogers (two).
Ohio State went on a 6-0 run to end the first half of play. The Buckeyes extended the run into the second half (29-7). The team also put together a 17-2 second half run.
The Buckeye bench outscored the 49ers 37-14.
Ohio State had 21 fast break points compared to Long Beach State's four.
Ohio State outrebounded Long Beach State 49-33.
With 50 points earned in the second half of play, the Buckeyes surpassed their previous second half high of 43 points recorded vs. Albany (11/11/12).
Ohio State recorded their highest rebound and assist totals for a game this season with 49 and 22, respectively.
Matta is 227-66 during his career at Ohio State and 329-97 overall as a head coach.
In his nine seasons as Ohio State head coach, Matta has compiled a 73-2 record against non-conference opponents at home and a 114-21 record overall against non-conference foes. His teams have never failed to win at least 10 non-Big Ten games.
During the Matta era at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have a record of 188-21 vs. unranked opponents. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes are 58-1 vs. unranked foes.
Ohio State owns a 141-12 home record during the Matta era. The Buckeyes are 59-3 in Columbus over the past four seasons.
Led the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points.
With 1,041 points, Thomas is currently 47th on the all-time scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 15 points to surpass Ken Johnson and Jamie Skelton.
Recorded one steal against the 49ers. He has 182 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.
Dished a career-high four assists vs. the 49ers.
Recorded nine rebounds, a career high.
Tied a career high with five rebounds.
AMEDEO DELLA VALLE
Recorded first career steal as a Buckeye.
Scored a career-high five points.
Had seven points vs. Long Beach State, a career high.
Dropped 13 points, which surpassed a previous career high of 11 points.
Scored a career-high four points.
Recorded four rebounds, a career high.
Tallied first career steal vs. the 49ers.
Scored his first career field goal as a Buckeye, a layup with an assist awarded to Sam Thompson.