Game Notes: Lighty Goes off at the Q
By Brandon Castel
CLEVELAND — David Lighty had only scored 20 points in a game four times during the regular season, but when he’s feeling it, he can go for 25 on any given night.
George Mason learned that the hard way Sunday. Ohio State’s fifth-yearn senior dropped 25 points on the Patriots in a 98-66 win. He knocked down all seven shots from behind the arc, and although he missed his two free throws, Lighty was 9-of-10 from the floor. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists as the Buckeyes advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second-straight year.
They were knocked out of the tournament by Tennessee in the Sweet 16 last year, but they are going to be a much tougher out for Kentucky if Lighty and his teammates play like they did Sunday in their second game of the tournament.
More Lighty Notes:
- Lighty’s seven three-pointers set a new Ohio State NCAA Tournament record for triples made, matching the previous mark of seven set by fellow teammate Jon Diebler vs UC Santa Barbara (3/19/10).
- Lighty’s 100.0 percent shooting mark from beyond the arc (7-for-7) is also the best single-game
mark in Ohio State NCAA Tournament history.
- Lighty’s seven three-pointers in the game represented his highest total in a game since establishing a career-high with seven triples vs. UNC Asheville (12/21/10).
- Based on a minimum seven three-pointers made, Lighty’s seven three-pointers in seven attempts is the second-best single-game shooting percentage in NCAA Tournament history, trailing only John Goldsberry, who was 8-for-8 for UNC Wilmington against Maryland on March 21, 2003. Sam Cassell had also gone 7-for-7 for Florida State vs. Tulane (3/20/93).
Ohio State Team Notes:
- George Mason and Ohio State met for the fourth time with the Buckeyes owning a 4-0 series lead after Ohio State’s 98-66 victory today.
- Ohio State improved to 10-2 vs. the Colonial Athletic Association.
- The Buckeyes made their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance today with Ohio State improving to 41-21 all-time after a 98-66 triumph.
- Ohio State has now advanced to the Sweet 16 in three of its last four NCAA Tournament appearances.
- The Buckeyes’ 63.3 percent first-half shooting percentage was the best in an initial stanza for Ohio State since connecting on 68 percent in the first 20 minutes in its 93-65 victory over Wisconsin (3/6/11).
- Ohio State finished the first half shooting 9-of-12 from beyond the arc. That total is higher than what the Buckeyes finished with in 24 of their previous 35 games.
- Ohio State’s 16 three-pointers is the fifth-best single-game mark in NCAA Tournament history entering this year’s tournament.
- Ohio State’s 61.5 three-point shooting percentage set a new NCAA Tournament single-game school-record.
- The Buckeyes 26 three-point attempts sets a new school NCAA Tournament mark, surpassing Ohio State’s 25 attempts vs. Sienna (3/20/09).
- Ohio State’s 16 three-pointers broke the Buckeyes NCAA Tournament school record established vs. UTSA (3/18/11). Ohio State now has recorded 28 three-pointers in the tournament this season.
- Ohio State’s 23 assists are the second-best single-game NCAA Tournament mark in school history, only being surpassed by the Buckeyes 26 assists vs. UTSA (3/18/11).
- The Buckeyes have now registered 49 assists in two tournament games this season.
- After trailing 11-2 to start the game Ohio State went on a 10-0 run over 1:12 to regain the lead
after senior guard David Lighty’s second three-pointer of the run at the 14:55 mark. Lighty began and ended the run with a three-pointer.
- Ohio State missed three of its first four shots in the game before coming alive to make eight of its next 10, including four three-pointers, all by Lighty, to erase an 11-2 deficit to lead 24-18 with 10:29 left in the first half.
- After George Mason cut Ohio State’s lead to 26-22 at the 8:37 mark, the Buckeyes began a 23-2 run that included scoring seven and 16 unanswered tallies, respectively, between a pair of George Mason free throws to assume a 39-24 lead. Freshman center Jared Sullinger (8:24) began the run and senior guard Jon Diebler capped it with a three-pointer (1:59).
- During Ohio State’s 16-0 run the Buckeyes were a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, including making all four three-point attempts. Diebler connected on a pair of triples, while Lighty and junior William Buford each added a three-pointer.
- The 26-point halftime lead for Ohio State (52-26) was the largest halftime deficit faced by George Mason this year. The previous high halftime deficit was a 14-point (39-25) disadvantage against VCU on March 6.
Ohio State Player Notes:
- After not scoring in Ohio State’s victory over UTSA in the second round on Friday (March 18), freshman guard Aaron Craft scored his first career NCAA Tournament points with a pair of free throws at the 11:43 mark of the initial stanza.
- Aaron Craft’s 15 assists represent the fourth-best single game mark in NCAA Tournament history entering this season.
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