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Oden makes his Buckeyes debut

December 03, 2006|From the Associated Press

Greg Oden's eagerly awaited college debut was a lot of fun -- even if he didn't get to show off one of his favorite skills.

"It felt really good. I had fun out there with my teammates," Oden said after getting 14 points and 10 rebounds in No. 3 Ohio State's 78-58 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday at Columbus, Ohio.

"I didn't get a chance to dunk. You could tell I was anxious. I traveled, like, eight times."

In his first competition after sitting out seven months because of a wrist injury, the 7-foot freshman, touted by some as the best U.S.-born big man in a generation, did not disappoint.

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Sami Wylie made an NCAA-record 21 three-point baskets and finished with 69 points to help Lincoln University set a Division III scoring record in a 201-78 victory over Ohio State Marion at Salem, W.Va.

Lincoln's point total topped the Division III mark set in January 2005 by Redlands, which scored 172 points against La Sierra College.

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