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Jan. 13, 2001

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Ohio State is now 39-5 all-time and 9-2 this season at ValueCity Arena. Minnesota is now 0-3 in VCA. Ohio State leads theall-time series 70-50 over Minnesota. OSU has won four straightmeetings with the Golden Gophers. Ohio State extended its streak ofconsecutive games with at least one 3-point goal made when BrentDarby drilled a shot from behind the arc at the 17:02 mark of thefirst half. Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point goalin 266-consecutive games. With the win, Ohio State avoids its firstthree-game losing streak since the end of the 1998 season. The lastthree-game skid came at the end of a 17-game losing streak duringthe 1998 season with losses to Penn State (2/16), Indiana (2/19)and Northwestern (2/21). Ken Johnson started his 108th career game.He stands three starts behind fifth-place Kelvin Ransey (111,1977-80) and is one of eight players in Ohio State history toeclipse 100 starts in his Buckeye career. Johnson blocked two shotsin the game, giving him 383 in his career. That leaves him 45behind former Penn State star Calvin Booth, who rejected 428 from1995-99. After not attempting a shot in the Buckeyes’ gameWednesday vs. Penn State, Sean Connolly caught fire vs. Minnesota,drilling five 3-pointers on seven attempts. His five made3-pointers tie a season high and are one off his career high of six(on 13 attempts), set vs. Notre Dame during his freshman year atProvidence (12/8/98). Terrence Simmons’ 27 points are a season highand the most by an Ohio State opponent this season. The previoushigh was 24, set by DeShaun Williams of Syracuse at the GreatAlaska Shootout. Simmons’ point total is one off the arena recordfor an opponent, set by Florida Atlantic’s Damon Arnette (12/17/98)