Buckeyes Cruise Past Delaware 74-49

Tony Stockman scored an OSU career high 26 points as the Buckeyes improved to 3-0 with an easy win over visiting Delaware.

Ohio State's early season success in men's basketball continued Friday as the Buckeyes blistered visiting Delaware 74-49 before 11,517 at Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes (3-0) again got out of the gates strong, pressuing the Blue Hens (0-1) into 19 first-half turnovers in building a 41-19 lead. OSU then led by as many as 34 points in the second half before calling off the dogs.

"I think we came out tonight and did a good job with our activity on defense," said OSU coach Thad Matta. "We were able to get some turnovers and ignite our offense with some easy buckets."

OSU senior Tony Stockman, held to just seven points in Tuesday's win over Robert Morris, broke loose for 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor. Stockman, 6-of-9 from three-point range, eclipsed his previous OSU career high of 25 points set last year against Penn State. He twice scored 30 points as a sophomore at Clemson in 2001-02.

"I felt real good," said Stockman, who was credited with three steals. "The last couple of days I have been working on my shot. I was shooting at game speed instead of standing still and just taking my time."

J.J. Sullinger added 12 points and four rebounds for OSU. Brandon Fuss-Cheatham shrugged off the effects of a sprained ankle from the Robert Morris game and had eight points and four assists in 22 minutes of action.

"I thought Brandon did a tremendous job of running the team," Matta said. "He made some great decisions in our transition game."

Fuss-Cheatham missed practice Wednesday, but returned on Thursday.

"I practiced yesterday and it felt pretty good," Fuss-Cheatham said. "I wasn't even thinking about the ankle. You don't think about it when you're out there."

Jamar Butler and Matt Sylvester each had six points for OSU, while Je'Kel Foster chipped in five points, four assists and three steals. OSU's starting frontcourt of Terence Dials and Ivan Harris were each held to two points, while Ricardo Billings added one.

"We lost Terence early with two quick fouls and he never really got into the game tonight," Matta said.

Harding Nana led Delaware with 11 points, while Andrew Washington had 10.

"You have to give credit to Ohio State with the way they played," said Delaware coach David Henderson. "Their defense knocked our kids back early. They were more aggressive. There were possessions where they just physically took the ball away from us and created some easy points.

"The ballgame was wrapped up in our 19 turnovers and their 25 points off turnovers in the first half."

OSU opened the game with an 18-6 run. Stockman had a pair of threes and a jumper during this string, which Sullinger capped with a jumper with 13:34 left in the first half.

After Delaware trimmed the lead to 20-12 on Hardina Nana's steal and dunk, OSU reeled off the game's next 13 points to take full control. This run saw Foster score a layup off a Stockman steal, Fuss-Cheatham hit a jumper in the lane, Stockman bury a three-pointer off a Foster feed in transition, Foster hit his own three in transition, Terwilliger score inside off a feed from Fuss-Cheatham and was capped by a free throw by Sullinger to put OSU up 33-12 with 4:39 left in the half.

OSU enjoyed its biggest lead of the half on a layup by Sylvester to put OSU up 41-19 with 1:29 left.

Milestones in the second half saw the lead go to 29 at 52-23 as Sullinger went coast to coast with 15:05 left. Stockman buried a three-pointer with 9:01 left to put OSU up 64-33. The lead went as far as 34 at 67-33 on a Stockman trey with 6:12.

Also Notable

* OSU's next game will be Tuesday against Houston (1-1) in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic at Kansas City. The game, set for a 6:30 p.m. start, will not be televised. OSU will then play either Missouri or Creighton on Wednesday. If it is the championship game, that game would be shown on College Sports TV.

* Due to a scheduling conflict at Value City Arena, OSU will play its first game at St. John Arena since February 1998 when it hosts Chattanooga next Saturday. Plenty of seats remain for that game.

* This was OSU's 100th game in Value City Arena since it opened for the 1998-99 season. OSU has a record of 80-20 in the building.

* This marks the first time OSU has won three straight games by 20 or more points since 1999-2000.

* This is OSU's first 3-0 start since the 2001-02 team won its first six games. The Buckeyes opened 0-2 last year and 1-2 the year before.

* For the third straight game, OSU was at or above 50 percent in shooting from the floor at 50.9 percent (28 of 55). Delaware, which had a height advantage, outrebounded OSU 33-31.

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