Share

Jan. 3, 2001

%^$

%^$

%^$%^$%^$Recap|%^$Box Score|%^$Quotes%^$%^$%^$%^$

%^$

%^$

Ohio State improves to 38-4 during its two-plus seasons atValue City Arena. The Buckeyes improve to 9-1 at home thisseason.%^$

%^$

Ohio State is in its 89th season as a member of the Big TenConference. The Buckeyes are 49-40 all-time in league openers. OSUhas begun the conference season at home 53 times (34-19) and on theroad 36 times (15-21). Overall, Ohio State has a record of 57-32 inhome league openers.%^$

%^$

The Buckeyes have won the last four meetings with Northwesternand eight of the last 10 contests. In Columbus, Ohio State has a22-game win streak over the Wildcats. The last NU win in Columbuscame Feb. 24, 1977 when Northwestern prevailed 83-72.%^$

%^$

The Buckeyes are 59-14 at home vs. NU and hold a 98-44 all-timeseries lead. The 98 wins are by far the most for Ohio State againstany Big Ten opponent. OSU has 78 wins over Wisconsin andMichigan.%^$

%^$

Tickets remain for the majority of the Big Ten Conference men’sbasketball season at Value City Arena. For information contact theOSU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BUCKS, 614-292-6462,www.hangonsloopy.com or stop by the ticket office located at theValue City Arena (SE Rotunda).%^$

%^$

The Buckeyes have connected on 50 percent of their shots inseven games this season, including five of the last six games. TheBuckeyes hit on 29 of 55 (.527) from the field%^$

%^$

Ohio State’s 73 points are the most allowed by the Northwesterndefense this season. The previous high was 67, set by Kent Stateand Iona in back-to-back games at the San Juan Shootout.Northwestern came in as the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten,holding opponents to 55.6 points per game. OSU was second in theleague at 56 points per game.%^$

%^$

Brent Darby scored a career-high 21 points, topping hisprevious high of 18, set vs. Florida State in the Great AlaskaShootout earlier this season (11/17/00). It marked his fourth gamethis season in double figures. Ohio State is undefeated in theseven contests Darby in which has scored in double figures duringhis career.%^$

%^$

Darby’s 21-point performance marked the second time this seasona Buckeye scored more than 20. Brian Brown also broke the 20-pointbarrier with a 23-point output vs. Florida State%^$

%^$

Darby also tied a career high with five assists. It matches hishigh of five, set vs. Florida State (11/17).%^$

%^$

Ken Johnson blocked six shots in the contest, giving him 378for his career – second all-time in the Big Ten Conference. Johnsonis shooting for the all-time Big Ten shot-blocking crown, held byPenn State’s Calvin Booth with 428.%^$

%^$

Johnson started his 105th career game tonight, tying him forsixth place on the all-time OSU starts chart with Jim Smith(1978-81). Johnson stands six starts behind fifth-place KelvinRansey (111, 1977-80). Johnson is one of eight players in OhioState history to eclipse 100 starts in his Buckeye career.%^$

%^$

Will Dudley filled in well in the first half while Ken Johnsonwas in foul trouble, grabbing all of his season-high six reboundsin the first 20 minutes of the game.%^$

%^$

Ohio State extended its streak of consecutive games with atleast one 3-point goal made when Brent Darby canned a shot frombehind the arc in the first minute of the first half. Ohio Statehas connected on at least one 3-point goal in 263-consecutivegames.%^$

%^$

Ohio State has not lost this season when out-rebounding itsopponent and when leading at the half. The Buckeyes out-reboundedNorthwestern 40-31 and led at the half 33-20.%^$

%^$

Ohio State has held 7-of-10 foes to 20 or less points in thefirst half of games played at Value City Arena this season. TheBuckeyes held Northwestern to 20 points in the first half.%^$

%^$

Ohio State sophomore Sean Connolly and junior Brian Brown haveeach connected on at least one 3-point field goal attempt in 12 of13 games this season.%^$

%^$

Winston Blake scored a career-high 22 points in the defeat forNorthwestern. His previous best was 18, last set vs. St. Peter’s(12/13/00).%^$

%^$

Ohio State encounters its first conference road game of theseason on Saturday, traveling to No. 9/8 Illinois for an 8 p.m.contest at Assembly Hall. The Buckeyes return home Wednesday, Jan.10 against Penn State.