New hope for the deaf in SA

first_imgMonthati Makofane and his mother Agnes. The two year old toddler is the first child recepient of a cochlear implant from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital’s speech therapy and audiology department. (Image: Mujahid Safodien, The Star) A graphic representation of a cochlear implant. (Image: Kids Health) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dani Schlesinger Senior Speech therapist and audiologist, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. 082 821 3448 • Mandla Sidu Gauteng provincial health spokesperson +27 83 602 6169 USEFUL LINKS • National Insitutute for the Deaf in South Africa • Deaf TV • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. •Gauteng Health • National Health RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa’s miracle health train • Universal Health Care for South Africa • Booster for child health in SA • More nurses to be trained in SA Khanyi MagubaneThere’s new hope for the deaf community in South Africa following a batch of successful cochlear implant operations performed at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg.All these procedures, estimated to cost about R200 000 (US$ 25 000), have been fully funded by the state.The cochlear implant programme, established in 2006, is the first of its kind in South Africa. It is run by the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department and the Department of Speech Therapy and Audiology, in partnership with the Department of Health.Lavine Mokhojoa, a chef from Soweto, became the first recipient of a cochlear implant at the hospital on 29 September 2006 when he was 45.To date seven adults and one child have undergone successful cochlear implants through this particular programme.When the unit opened its doors to the public three years ago, the hospital was optimistic about the far-reaching effects it would have.“Through the dedication of the highly trained support staff, in both the ENT and Audiology Departments, the selected patients will receive the highest level of post surgical care and speech rehabilitation necessary to make the programme a success,” the hospital stated when announcing the establishment of the unit.Implants for childrenThe programme has recently extended its reach by opening a paediatric wing.On 1 July 2009 the unit performed a cochlear implant on a two-year-old boy, Monthati Makofane.During such a procedure an electronic device is inserted into the inner ear, which is accessed through a small incision made at the back of the patient’s ear. After the surgery, the wound is given about four weeks to heal.When the doctors are satisfied the wound has healed sufficiently, the external part of the cochlear implant is fitted. The external apparatus consists of a microphone which picks up sound, a battery which runs the device and a data chip which processes sound.Makofane’s device was switched on for the first time on 6 August. Experiencing sound for the first time in his life, the little boy was quite taken aback.“As the device was activated, Monthati immediately reacted to the sound by screaming and crying as he heard noises for the first time in his life,” said the hospital’s senior speech therapist, Dani Schlesinger.Makofane’s parents are ecstatic that their third child is now able to hear.“We’re very happy and excited. We’re looking forward to him hearing and being normal,” Abel Mokofane, Monthati’s father, told the daily newspaper The Star.Abel says he and his wife realised Monthati had a hearing problem when he was six months old.“Whenever a noise was made, clapping or the TV, he never responded.”After a battery of tests confirmed that their son was deaf, the Mokofanes were disappointed, but accepted their child’s condition. This was until an audiologist referred them to the Baragwanath unit and Monthati’s life changed forever.A second child on the list has recently received the go-ahead from the hospital, while two other children have now started the application process to be a part of the programme.Screening processScreening candidates for cochlear implants, Schlesinger explains, is a complex and involved process.“At first, when we see a patient in the Audiology Department, we start by taking a detailed history of that person’s hearing problems to determine how they came about having a hearing impediment, especially if they used to hear normally before. We investigate how it deteriorated over time and what factors were involved.”During the screening process potential implant recipients undergo a series of hearing tests. During these tests patients are asked to listen to sounds played at different frequencies to determine the extent of their hearing impediment.If the tests indicate a severe hearing impediment, patients are fitted with a hearing aid, to see if the device will help them.Speech and language tests are also conducted to assess how the patient has coped with his or her hearing impediment.Patients are assessed on their ability to express themselves, their ability to understand others through lip-reading or hand signals, their ability to learn in a classroom situation (if the patient is a student) and their ability to read and comprehend.When hearing tests are conducted again and the hearing aid is found to be ineffective, the department considers other options.“Once the hearing aid is found to be ineffective in enhancing hearing, we then refer the matter to the Ear, Nose and Throat Department, where the state of the cochlear inside the ear is examined.”“For the patient to be considered for the cochlear implant, there has to be severe to profound permanent hearing loss in both ears, in other words, hearing that cannot be treated,” Schlesinger says.A team comprising speech therapists, audiologists, an ENT specialist and psychologist then gets together to weigh up their findings on a particular patient. If it’s decided that a cochlear implant may be the best way to assist the patient, the operation is approved.Once approved, the patient and his or her family are taken to see a psychologist who prepares them for the emotional and somewhat stressful journey ahead.The patient’s family is required to attend weekly consultations with doctors and therapists in preparation for the operation.A more detailed examination of the inner ear, detecting where the damage lies, and more speech therapy takes place before the procedure.After the implant operation, for the next six months, the patient is required to go for regular check-ups at the hospital.During the check-up sessions the patient will receive auditory training – this includes coaching on how to identify sounds and programming the device to the patient’s hearing level.At the moment the hospital has a long list of patients awaiting cochlear implants.New chance in lifeAgnes Sekete, 23, suffered severe hearing loss in her Grade 12 year after developing meningitis. But her story has a happy ending – she’s one of Baragwanath’s cochlear implant recipients.After her device was switched on in September 2008, she said she felt like a completely new person.Before the operation Sekete said she “was almost knocked down by a car because I did not hear the driver hooting behind me”.After recovering from the operation, Sekete was granted special permission by the Education Department to write her Grade 12 exams.She is now waiting for her final results before applying to tertiary institutions to continue with her studies.“My life was saved by a passer-by who pulled me away from the street. Now I’m able to hear sounds, listen to radio and TV and even answer my cellphone,” she says.How does it work?A cochlear implant differs significantly from a hearing aid.While hearing aids amplify sound, cochlear implants bypass the damaged areas of the ear and stimulate the nerves in the auditory region.A person with a cochlear implant hears sounds differently to a person with normal hearing, but both are able to recognise warning signals and understand everyday noises like music, animal and car sounds.While hearing is not restored to its natural state after a cochlear implant, the recipient will have the ability to interact with others and have a conversation like a person with regular hearing.Overcoming hearing impairmentSouth Africa has a thriving deaf community that’s committed to uplifting and empowering those with hearing difficulties.According to the National Institute for the Deaf in South Africa (NIDSA), there are more than 400 000 deaf people in South Africa.Some 47 deaf schools across the country provide for the needs of 7 000 hearing-impaired children.Organisations like NIDSA aim to help develop the full potential of deaf people through avenues such as basic education, training, welfare services and spiritual care.One of the unique features of the institute is that it dispels myths that many people with regular hearing have about the deaf community.For example, one myth is that sign language is universal.South Africa’s sign language differs from that in America and other countries. Each country develops it’s own, unique form of sign language.Just like any other language, sign language also has dialects. In South Africa, there are many different sign language dialects, but the various groups of deaf people, do not, in general, experience problems in understanding the different dialects, according to the NIDSA website.Another myth is that deaf drivers are more prone to car accidents. The NIDSA says this is definitely not the case, citing increased awareness and a greater reliability on site, making deaf drivers more attentive.Deaf TV, a channel on Digital Satellite Television, caters specifically for the deaf community in South Africa, and offers lively programmes, including movies and lifestyle features.Deaf TV presenters and actors all use sign language but sub-titles are also provided for those who are not deaf, and wish to follow the programmes.Schlesinger says that people who cope with communicating in sign language should carry on with it, as it is an effective way to converse with other deaf people.“If [a deaf person] is leading a normal life, a cochlear implant would not necessarily be the best route for them, as they are already equipped with an effective communication tool. This operation is not a replacement for sign language, but is there to simply help patients where other interventions have failed.”last_img read more

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Good draw for SA wheelchair stars

first_img23 April 2014 South African players received a favorable draw when the official draw procedures for the Airports Company South Africa Gauteng Open were concluded on Tuesday at the Gauteng East Tennis Complex in Benoni. Stephane Houdet of France tops the men’s seeds and is scheduled to meet arch rival Gordon Reid of Great Britain in the final. Houdet will open his challenge against Similo Basi of South Africa, while Reid plays another local, Frank Ramokoatsi. With South Africa’s top men’s player Evans Maripa having withdrawn from the tournament due to the sudden death of his mother, South African hopes in the men’s singles will rest on Leon Els and Patrick Selepe, while another 13 players have also made it into the 32-strong draw.Women’s draw South Africa’s top woman KG Montjane has been seeded second for the event and if all goes according to plan will meet top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany in the final. However, before Montjane can claim her spot in the title decider on Saturday, she has a possible semi-final clash with third seed Lucy Shuker of Great Britain, who is ranked eighth in the world, one place behind Montjane. The South African star, who is the defending champion, said in a statement that the next two weeks were very important. ‘A bag full of points to defend’ “I won this tournament last year, so I have a bag full of points to defend. I feel prepared and ready for the week and I am confident of doing myself and my country proud,” she reckoned. Second seed Lucas Sithole will play compatriot Steven Kekae in the first round of the quads draw. Sithole is set to meet fourth seed Sarah Hunter of Great Britain in the semi-finals. Top seed in the quads and world number one, David Wagner of the USA, meets Swede Petter Edstrom in round one.Blockbuster Should Wagner and Sithole make the final, it promises to be a blockbuster. Sithole beat Wagner to capture his first Grand Slam title at the US Open late last year, but Wagner subsequently beat Sithole in the final of this year’s Australian Open in January. Play in the Acsa Gauteng Open starts at 9am on Wednesday at the Guateng East Tennis Complex. The finals takes place on Saturday, starting from 9am. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Two Army men killed as militants storm Sunjwan camp near Jammu city

first_imgArmy clarifies on casualty in Jammu terrorist attack Two soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and two militants were killed when a heavily-armed fidayeen group stormed a camp housing families of the Army’s 36 Brigade in Jammu’s Sunjuwan area on Saturday.Nine persons, including five women and children, were injured in the pre-dawn attack that continued late into Saturday night. The condition of two of the injured is said to be “critical”.The dead soldiers were identified as Lieutenant Madan Lal Chaudhary of 4 JAKLI and Subedar Ashraf Mir.A Jammu-based Army spokesman said two militants wearing Army fatigues were killed in the operation. “Both were carrying AK-56 rifles and large amounts of ammunition and grenades. They belonged to the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM),” said the spokesman.Also Read  Major Avijit Singh of 6 Mahar suffered injuries in the counter attack.State Parliamentary Affairs Minister A.R. Veeri said the group of militants managed to enter the premises of JCO’s family quarters as they lobbed grenades and opened indiscriminate fire around 4:10 a.m.Briefing media persons at the camp, Jammu-based Army PRO Lt. Col. Devender Anand said, “The quick response teams have cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who are holed up in a few houses (inside the camp).”“Due to the presence of women and children in the housing colony, the operations is being progressed cautiously to minimise the casualties,” he said. “Over 150 houses have been cleared and the occupants moved to safety.”The Army airlifted special commandos from the Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur to the encounter site and a helicopter was used to identify the militants’ positions. Generators and searchlights were brought to the camp, apparently in preparation for a night assault.Though the exact number of militants was not known, officials said preliminary estimates suggested that there could be three to four of them inside the camp.“It seems a well-planned attack. They seem to have come with the motive of prolonging the operation. Intermittent fire was on till late Saturday evening,” said a police official.The attack comes just a day after the fifth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. JeM’s Afzal Guru squad, has in the past too, carried out similar attacks in Jammu and Kashmir Valley.Mehbooba condemns attack Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who condemned the attack, chaired a meeting of security agencies in Jammu “to assess the situation”.“The attack is an effort by elements inimical to peace to break the developmental pace in the State. All sections of the society should stand together in such a sensitive time and defeat the designs of the perpetrators, who also want to divide people under different names,” said Ms. Mufti.She asked security agencies “to maintain strict vigil on vital installations, airports, bus stations and other crowded places”.All political parties in J&K, including National Conference, Congress, Peoples Democratic Party and BJP, have condemned the attack.last_img read more

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Porzingis scores 30, Knicks beat Nets for 1st win

first_imgNew York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives the lane against Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Frank Ntilikina and the New York Knicks both got on the board Friday night.The rookie guard scored his first NBA points, and the Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 for their first victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Federer into Swiss Indoors semis; Del Potro to play Cilic “We’re not surprised because we see it every day in practice,” Hornacek said.Ntilikina, who missed the previous two games with a sprained left ankle after a scoreless NBA debut, made a long jumper with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. The French guard hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth and also had five assists.Russell got the first basket of the third quarter to cut New York’s lead to three, but the Knicks controlled the next seven minutes of play. Porzingis had a follow dunk and three-point play as he and Kanter combined for all the points in a 9-0 run. Soon after, a 12-2 spurt extended the lead to 72-50.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn missed its chance to even the all-time series, which the Knicks lead 95-93. … Russell was the only Nets starter in double figures.Knicks: Willy Hernangomez, an All-Rookie selection last season who had played just 15 minutes in the first three games — sitting out one entirely — got in during the first half and finished with four points. … It was the Knicks’ most lopsided victory since beating Phoenix 128-97 on March 9, 2016. Their largest win last season was 16 points.BACKBOARD BEATINGThe Knicks outrebounded the Nets 55-34, racking up a 31-6 edge in second-chance points. “They played harder than us. They killed us on second-chance points,” swingman Allen Crabbe said. “You’re just not giving yourself a chance.”BROOKLYN BUYERJoseph Tsai, the executive vice president of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce company, has agreed to purchase a 49 percent stake of the Nets from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov , with the option to become controlling owner in four years, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Friday. Prokhorov, who bought the team in 2010 and oversaw its move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, will eventually become the minority owner, retaining 20 percent of the franchise after Tsai takes control in 2021. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It was important because obviously it was our first win, but I think the most important thing in all of these three losses, we stick together,” center Enes Kanter said. “We stick together in every practice, we practice really hard and then tonight it was all about defense and we did a great job.”D’Angelo Russell returned from a one-game absence with 15 points for the Nets, who looked nothing like the team that beat Eastern Conference champion Cleveland two nights earlier.They came in averaging 121.2 points and had reached 110 in each of their first five games, but shot just 40.5 percent from the field against their city rivals.“They were the more energetic team,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “They were the more physical team. They were denying us left and right. We couldn’t handle their pressure. We were lethargic and we paid for it.”Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek gave veteran Jarrett Jack his first start at point guard and he responded with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ntilikina, who has been injured for much of the time since former president Phil Jackson made him the No. 8 overall draft pick, then picked up the backup minutes and played well.ADVERTISEMENT “It was great. We had a great game and I think the fans liked it,” Ntilikina said.Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and Ntilikina finished with nine points as the Knicks became the last team in the league to get a win this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey did it with a surprisingly strong defensive effort that shut down the NBA’s highest-scoring team, holding the Nets about 35 points below their average.New York blew it open with a 25-6 run in the third quarter that turned a three-point lead into a 72-50 cushion and coasted from there after three straight losses that followed a winless preseason. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyi

first_imgLiverpool and Gent leave loan decision to Taiwo Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been told he can leave AA Gent this month.The Nigerian has struggled for form during his loan and both clubs, reports HLN, are agreed they can cut short the deal.The final choice will be left to the player – and Awoniyi is leaning towards staying with Gent.Impressive with Moeskroen last season, the youngster has failed to repeat the form with Gent.Awoniyi’s management has fielded enquiries from Turkey in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists any individual awards “won’t change me”.Van Dijk won UEFA’s Player of the Year at the end of last month, being awarded the title ahead of football greats Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.After helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season and finish runners up to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Van Dijk is also up for FIFA’s The Best gong. And again among the nominees are Messi and Ronaldo.Van Dijk, who also won last season’s PFA Player of the Year, told Algemeen Dagblad: “Whatever comes out, it won’t change me.“Look, you can’t compare me as a football player with (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo. I think the only thing you can try is to compare the impact we have had on our teams. And even that is very difficult.”I am especially pleased that there is appreciation for defenders. That we are being looked at differently. And that there can be a reward for all the dirty work that has been done.”Van Dijk is quick to highlight the contribution of teammates to his success – both with Liverpool and The Netherlands. The defender, who kicked off his career with Willem II ten years ago, admits the individual recognition is reliant on winning trophies with his team.He added, “This is thanks to the boys from Liverpool and Oranje. You really only win these prizes if you have achieved success together.”No matter what happens, Van Dijk insists he will accept the title proudly should he win The Best trophy.He explained: “Do I deserve it? What I think is that we have had a fantastic year. We were also able to win the Super Cup back in August. It just feels great. A defender does not often win individual prizes. I think Fabio Cannavaro was the last in 2006. Maybe it is time for a defender again.”- updated September 23 last_img read more

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a day ago​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger left

first_img​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger leftby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit does not see any differences between the end of Arsene Wenger’s time at the club and their performances now.Unai Emery has received time and backing at the club, as he is now into his second season as manager.But their performances and results are no better than what Wenger was achieving, and Emery arguably has a more balanced squad at his disposal.Petit told reporters: “I can understand why many Arsenal supporters are losing patience with Unai Emery.”As a manager he has a bad record away from home – not just with Arsenal, but also while he was in Spain.”Arsenal showed no character and it p***es me off because it has been the case so many times away from home.”The starting XI he picked against Sheffield United was strange.”It’s difficult after an international break when you have to play teams that don’t have as many players involved in the international fixtures.”But you know what to expect when you go to Bramall Lane – you know the qualities of the Sheffield United team.”They fight, especially in front of their home crowd, and they get balls into the box and put pressure on at set pieces.”That’s what they did against Liverpool and Chelsea.”But more importantly they didn’t show any technical quality on the pitch.”They gave away so many simple balls and had no inspiration, imagination or creativity.”They looked so heavy. This isn’t Arsenal – you need to take the ball and show what you’ve got.”But I haven’t seen that in years. Nothing has changed since Arsène Wenger left.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4-Star WR Equanimeous St. Brown Spoke 3 Languages During His Announcement To Notre Dame

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, and he showed off being trilingual in the process of doing it. St. Brown’s mother is from Germany, and he spent time attending school in France. He began his announcement and made his commitment in English, but dropped some German and French in between.Here’s St. Brown thanking his mother in German: So St. Brown speaks three languages, his father is a former Mr. World and Mr. Universe bodybuilder and his name is derived from the word equanimity, meaning “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Oh, and he has younger brothers named Osiris and Amon-Ra. He just may be the Most Interesting Recruit In The World.last_img read more

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Manitoba youth running to Ottawa for chiefs AGA

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of youth from northern Manitoba are making their way to Ottawa with a message for the federal government.The sacred journey run is being led by an elder who has made big news in the past.And as Shaneen Robinson reports, he’s hoping to make an impact again.last_img

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Mens basketball Ohio State hits century mark in win over Marshall 11170

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate slams home a dunk against Navy on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFollowing Wednesday’s win over Jackson State, Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said that he was pleased with where his defense was at, but admitted that the offense needed some touching up. On Friday, OSU put together one of its best overall games in more than a season.The Buckeyes defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd, 111-70, on Friday at the Schottenstein Center in the final game of the Global Sports Invitational. The Scarlet and Gray scored 60 points in the first half and topped 100 points for the first time since Dec. 27, 2014 against Wright State.Senior forward Marc Loving and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led OSU in scoring with 20 points each.“This has been a good week for this team,” Matta said. “I think we’ve grown and gotten better on both sides of the basketball. Are we there yet, no … but from the standpoint of what we’ve done percentage wise defensively is a good thing for us.”Marshall entered Friday night’s game averaging 83.8 points per game. The Buckeyes were averaging 56.6 points allowed per game. Something would have to give, and that something favored the Buckeyes.Marshall’s 70 points was its lowest total yet this season.OSU had the Thundering Herd on its heels from the beginning. Through the first eight minutes, the Buckeyes scored 27 points and already had a 13-point lead. The hot shooting continued as redshirt junior guard Kam Williams got several looks from 3 and the Scarlet and Gray owned the glass, creating several transition opportunities.The Buckeyes used a first-half 13-0 run that ended in a 22-5 run to pad its lead to 23 before halftime. Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson led the team with 15 points at the half. OSU had 30 rebounds in the first half compared to its game average of 38. Williams was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc at half with 11 points.In the second half, it was more of the same from the Buckeyes. OSU racked up 27 offensive rebounds and freshman center Micah Potter started to make his presence more known. Potter ended the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds in his first career double-double.“Last game we gave up too many offensive rebounds so the emphasis of just, in practice, doing a lot of box-out drills, doing a lot of rebounding drills,” Thompson said. “That’s the biggest thing that we wanted to do was crash the boards and keep them off the glass and stuff like that.”Sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle shook off a rough first half and scored 12 points in the second. He ended the night with six assists.Loving became the 53rd player in OSU history to surpass 1,000 career points. He also had 14 rebounds.Loving has had two consecutive games where he has shot above 50 percent from the field. As the only senior on the team, this is the type of production Matta and Loving, himself, is looking for.“Marc has kind of kicked it in a little bit and hopefully he can continue to not just make shots but … he’s playing better defense too and that’s a good thing for us,” Matta said.Next on the schedule, the Buckeyes have their toughest test yet, on the road at No. 7 Virginia. OSU lost by six last year in Columbus to the Cavaliers. Loving led that game with 19 points.Loving said that for the team to have its best game for its biggest game of the year thus far is certainly a boost of morale, but it doesn’t mean much when the teams square off on Wednesday at 9 p.m.I think I saw their score and Virginia was winning their game by a large margin as well, so both teams will be confident coming into this game,” he said. “We’ll just see who’s better that night.” read more

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