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Dec 14, 2002

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Post Game Press Conference Audio
Ohio State Head Coach Jim O’Brien
Morehead State Head Coach Kyle Macy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Brent Darby continued his strong play, scoring 30 points Saturday to lead Ohio State to a 74-60 victory over cold-shooting Morehead State.

Darby, who had a career-high 35 points against Duke on Dec. 3, hit 11-of-16 shots, including 5-of-7 3-pointers, and made several key baskets in the second half after Morehead State threatened to make it a game.

Sean Connolly added 12 points for the Buckeyes (3-2), but hit only 4-of-13 from the field and missed eight of his nine 3-point attempts.

Zach Williams scored 10 points for Ohio State, which led by as many as 20 points in the first half before the Eagles (3-3) made a run to get within 10 after halftime.

The Buckeyes won their second straight since losing consecutive games against No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Duke. Ohio State hadn’t played since a 71-64 win over Tennessee Tech on Dec. 7, giving the players a chance to take final exams.

Morehead State, which had scored 100 points in two of its three victories, never got its offense untracked.

The Eagles hit only 36 percent of their shots and committed 11 of their 17 turnovers in the first half while the Buckeyes built a 36-22 lead – with half of the points coming from Darby.

Morehead State leading scorer Ricky Minard had nine points, 14.8 below his average. Marquis Sykes had 12 points and Chad McKnight scored 10 for the Eagles.

Darby had 15 of the Buckeyes’ first 22 points. He hit 7-of-9 shots, including 4-of-5 3-pointers, in the first half while playing the entire 20 minutes.