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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.%^$

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Ohio State leads the all-time series 70-50 over Minnesota. OSUhas won four straight meetings with the Golden Gophers.%^$

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Ohio State extended its streak of consecutive games with atleast one 3-point goal made when Brent Darby drilled a shot frombehind the arc at the 17:02 mark of the first half. Ohio State hasconnected on at least one 3-point goal in 266-consecutive games.%^$

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With the win, Ohio State avoids its first three-game losingstreak since the end of the 1998 season. The last three-game skidcame at the end of a 17-game losing streak during the 1998 seasonwith losses to Penn State (2/16), Indiana (2/19) and Northwestern(2/21).%^$

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Ken Johnson started his 108th career game. He stands threestarts behind fifth-place Kelvin Ransey (111, 1977-80) and is oneof eight players in Ohio State history to eclipse 100 starts in hisBuckeye career.%^$

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Johnson blocked two shots in the game, giving him 383 in hiscareer. That leaves him 45 behind former Penn State star CalvinBooth, who rejected 428 from 1995-99.%^$

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After not attempting a shot in the Buckeyes’ game Wednesday vs.Penn State, Sean Connolly caught fire vs. Minnesota, drilling five3-pointers on seven attempts. His five made 3-pointers tie a seasonhigh and are one off his career high of six (on 13 attempts), setvs. Notre Dame during his freshman year at Providence (12/8/98).%^$

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Terrence Simmons’ 27 points are a season high and the most byan Ohio State opponent this season. The previous high was 24, setby DeShaun Williams of Syracuse at the Great Alaska Shootout.Simmons’ point total is one off the arena record for an opponent,set by Florida Atlantic’s Damon Arnette (12/17/98)