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Jan. 31, 2001

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Ohio State is now 41-6 all-time and 12-3 this season at ValueCity Arena. All six losses have come by three points or less.%^$

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Value City Arena was sold out for the second-consecutive gameand the third time this season.%^$

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Tim Martin hit for a career-best nine points, topping hisprevious high of eight, set earlier this season vs. Morehead State(12/16/00). Martin scored five of his points from the charitystripe, where he went 5-of-7. He came into the contest shooting39.1 percent (9-of-23) from the free-throw line and had attemptedjust five free throws in Big Ten play.%^$

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Ohio St. extended its streak of consecutive games with at leastone 3-point goal made when Cobe Ocokoljic hit a 3-pointer with 6:17remaining in the first half. OSU has connected on at least one3-point goal in 271-consecutive games.%^$

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Ken Johnson started his 113th career game, leaving him onebehind fourth-place Herb Williams (114, 1978-81) on the all-timeOSU career starts chart. Johnson is one of eight players in OhioState history to start 100 or more games in his Buckeye career.%^$

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Johnson blocked five shots, giving him 408 for his career – 20behind former Penn State star Calvin Booth, who rejected 428 from1995-99. Johnson is just the second player in Big Ten Conferencehistory to block 400 or more shots in a career.%^$

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With 89 blocked shots this season, Johnson stands sixth on theOSU single-season chart – one behind fourth-place Brad Sellers andHerb Williams, who are tied with 90. Johnson holds the top twospots on the list with 161 last season and 100 in 1998-99.%^$

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Ohio State hit 75 percent (21-of-28) of its free throws,marking the sixth-consecutive game the Buckeyes have hit 70 percentor higher from the charity stripe.%^$

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Sean Connolly hit both of his free-throw attempts, extendinghis streak of consecutive free throws made to 18. He has not misseda shot from the line since (12/13/00).%^$

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Brian Brown continued to be an iron man, playing 39 minutes inthe contest. Brown played 40 minutes in each of the two previousgames and is averaging nearly 36 minutes per game in Big Tenplay.%^$

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The loss is just the second this season for the Buckeyes afterthey were leading at halftime. The Buckeyes, who led 32-31 at thebreak, are 13-2 when leading at halftime.%^$

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Doylan Robinson dressed for the first time since sufferinginjuries as a passenger in an automobile accident Dec. 3. He didnot see action in the game.