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Jan. 10, 2001

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Ohio State is now 38-5 all-time and 9-2 this season at ValueCity Arena. Penn State is just the second Big Ten team to win inVCA, joining Iowa, who has posted two straight wins at VCA. In thefive home losses at VCA, OSU has not lost by more than threepoints. Penn State leads the series 12-11 over Ohio State. OSUholds an 8-4 advantage in games played in Columbus. The win is PennState’s first in Columbus since the 1998 season, an 89-85 win inthe final game at St. John Arena. Ohio State extended its streak ofconsecutive games with at least one 3-point goal made when BrianBrown drilled a shot from behind the arc early in the first half.Ohio State has connected on at least one 3-point goal in265-consecutive games. Ken Johnson scored a career-high 24 points.His previous high was 17, set vs. Toledo (12/22/99). Johnson’s20-point game is OSU’s third 20-point individual performance of theseason, joining Brian Brown (23, Florida State) and Brent Darby(21, Northwestern). Johnson also grabbed 10 rebounds, marking hissecond straight double-double – the first time he has posted twostraight double-doubles. Johnson recorded 15 points and 11 reboundsin Saturday’s game at Illinois. In three Big Ten contests, Johnsonis averaging 17 ppg and 9 rpg. Johnson attempted 13 shots in thecontest, marking a career high for shots in a game. His previousbest was 12, set earlier this season vs. Denver (12/7). Johnsonalso connected on a career-best nine shots, topping his previousbest of seven, last vs. Northwestern last week. Johnson started his107th career game. Johnson stands four starts behind fifth-placeKelvin Ransey (111, 1977-80) and is one of eight players in OhioState history to eclipse 100 starts in his Buckeye career. Johnsonswatted one shot in the game, giving him 381 in his career. Thatleaves him 47 behind former Penn State star Calvin Booth, whorejected 428 from 1995-99. Zach Williams scored 10 points in thegame, his first double-figure contest since a 19-point performanceagainst Robert Morris (12/20). Ohio State is 10-2 whenout-rebounding its opponent. The Buckeyes out-rebounded Penn State36-22, but have now dropped back-to-back games when out-reboundingtheir opponent. The Buckeyes are now 7-1 when shooting 50 percentor better after shooting 57.4 percent vs. Penn State. The Buckeyeshave shot 50 percent or better in six of the last nine contests.With his 15-point performance, Brian Brown topped his seasonaverage of 14 ppg. Brown hit one 3-pointer in the contest and hashit at least one 3-point goal in 14 of 15 contests this season.Penn State, which leads the Big Ten in free-throw percentage at74.9 percent, struggled throughout much of the game, finishing11-of-21 for 52.4 percent. The Nittany Lions had nearly identicalshooting percentages from the free throw line (52.4), field (52.9)and three-point range (50.0).