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Feb 5, 2003

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Post Game Press Conference Audio
Ohio State Head Coach Jim O’Brien
Minnesota Head Coach Dan Monson

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Emonte Jernigan scored 21 points as shorthanded Ohio State beat Minnesota 73-68 Wednesday night.

With the game tied at 48 with 13:04 to play, Jernigan made back-to-back 3-pointers to trigger a 16-7 run that gave the Buckeyes (11-9, 4-5 Big Ten) a 64-57 lead with 5:20 to play. Jernigan scored nine points during the run.

Minnesota pulled to 67-64 with 2:06 to play, but Brent Darby made five free throws in the last 1:53 to help seal the win.

Led by Jernigan, the Ohio State bench outscored the Golden Gophers’ (12-7, 4-4 Big Ten) reserves 31-8. Matt Marinchick came off the bench to add 10 points for the Buckeyes.

Jernigan and Marinchick were needed, as the Buckeyes played without center Velimir Radinovic and point guard Brandon Fuss-Cheatham. Radinovic fractured a finger in practice Tuesday and was in the hospital. Fuss-Cheatham sat out with a sore left knee, which he had surgery on in the preseason.

Ohio State had six players – Jernigan, Marinchick, Zach Williams, Matt Sylvester, Shun Jenkins and Darby – play 20 minutes or more. Darby played all 40 minutes and Williams played 37. Sean Connolly, who came into the game averaging almost 38 minutes a game, played 18.

Maurice Hargrow led Minnesota with 17 points, Michael Bauer had 16, Rick Rickert had 13 and Jerry Holman had 10. Darby had 18 for Ohio State and Williams had 11.

Neither team shot well. Ohio State shot 22-for-56 from the floor and Minnesota shot 25-for-67. Minnesota shot 9-for-36 on 3-pointers.

Ohio State turned the ball over just nine times and committed 17 fouls. Minnesota turned it over 11 times and had 26 fouls.