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Jan. 6, 2001

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Ken Johnson started his 106th career game. Johnson stands fivestarts behind fifth-place Kelvin Ransey (111, 1977-80). Johnson isone of eight players in Ohio State history to eclipse 100 starts inhis Buckeye career.%^$

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Ohio State extended its streak of consecutive games with atleast one 3-point goal made when Brent Darby canned a shot frombehind early in the first half. Ohio State has connected on atleast one 3-point goal in 264-consecutive games.%^$

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Ohio State lost for the first time this season whenout-rebounding its opponent. The Buckeyes out-rebounded Illinois37-31, led by the 11 rebounds recorded by Ken Johnson.%^$

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Ohio State sophomore Sean Connolly and junior Brian Brown haveeach connected on at least one 3-point field goal attempt in 13 of14 games this season.%^$

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Johnson recorded his sixth career double-double with a15-point, 11-rebound effort against the Illini. He also heldIllinois leading scorer Marcus Griffin to just 10 points in thecontest.%^$

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Johnson turned in a career-best effort from the free throwline. He connected on 9-of-10 charity shots, including all eight inthe second half. His nine made and 10 attempted free throws arecareer highs.%^$

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Sophomore point guard Brent Darby had his best week as aBuckeye vs. Northwestern and Illinois. For the week, he averaged17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while connecting on 46percent of his shots from the field (13-28) and on 5-of-11 3-pointattempts (.455) and all four free throws. Darby also played acareer high 38 minutes vs. the Illini.%^$

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Johnson also had quality outings during the opening week of theBig Ten season. He averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0blocks while hitting 10-of-15 shots from the field (.667) and 90percent of his foul shots (9-10) in 58 minutes over two games. Healso committed just two personal fouls, none vs. Illinois.%^$

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Ohio State will play at home the next three games beginningwith an 8 p.m. meeting with Penn State Wednesday and a 12:15 p.m.contest vs. Minnesota Saturday. Michigan, who did not play at ValueCity Arena last year, comes to Columbus Jan. 18 to battle theBuckeyes on ESPN (7 p.m.).