Dec. 31, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Junior Chet Stachitas netted 16 points and senior Pat Carroll added 14 for Saint Joseph's (3-6), but it was not enough to overcome 24 points from Terrence Dials as SJU fell to Ohio State (11-2) at Value City Arena, 72-61.
The Hawks, who had trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, scored on its first eight possessions of the second half to draw as close as seven points. Stachitas, who scored only three points in the opening half, had nine in the first 5:43 of the second stanza.
Carroll's jumper from the left wing cut Ohio State's lead to 54-51 with 8:04 left. After Je'Kel Foster scored on a reverse layup off an inbounds pass,Matt Sylvester scored the Buckeyes' next seven points as part of 9-2 run. He hit a 13-foot baseline jumper, banked in a 10-foot runner and then added a three-point play off a fastbreak assist from Tony Stockman to give Ohio State a 63-53 lead with 4:42 remaining.
Stachitas' reverse layup in traffic cut the lead to 63-57 with 3:20 left, but the Hawks went dry down the stretch and didn't score for almost three minutes as OSU pulled away for the win.
Dials maintained his hot hand for the Buckeyes with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He was up to form in the opening half, scoring 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. His teammates were a combined 7 for 22.
Neither team scored for more than 4 minutes late in the half, but Ohio State closed with an 8-3 run to take a 36-26 lead.
Dials, selected as the Big Ten's top player the past two weeks, has averaged 23.2 points and 10.3 rebounds a game while shooting 63 percent from the field and 70 percent at the line during the Buckeyes' six-game win streak. St. Joe's has dropped four in a row.
The effort was solid for the Hawks, who open Atlantic 10 Conference play at Fordham on Wednesday. In addition to Stachitas and Carroll, Dwayne Lee added eight points, while Dwayne Jones and Pat Calathes had seven points apiece.
Ohio State, 14-16 a year ago and mired in NCAA investigations and lawsuits since, has won by an average margin of 18 points.
The last time Saint Joseph's played in Ohio against a Thad Matta-coached team, the No. 1-ranked Hawks lost to Xavier in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tournament in March.