Jody Victor: The game last Tuesday was the first road game against an interstate rival for the Buckeyes since 1994 when Ohio State took on the Vikings Dec. 17.
With the win, Ohio State (7-3, 0-0 Big Ten) 80, Cleveland State (7-4; 0-0 Horizon League) 63, the Buckeyes now are 51-10 all-time against the Horizon League and 2-1 this season. Ohio State also is now 6-1 all-time against Cleveland State.
The win for the Buckeyes is their first in the city of Cleveland since 1969. By holding Cleveland State to less than 40 percent shooting in the first half, Ohio State has held its opponents at 40 percent shooting or less in five consecutive halves.
At the helm of the Buckeyes, Matta is 38-6 in regular-season non-conference games. Ohio State has held its opponents to 70 or fewer points in 39 of its last 47 games.