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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.%^$

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Penn State leads the series 12-11 over Ohio State. OSU holds an8-4 advantage in games played in Columbus. The win is Penn State’sfirst in Columbus since the 1998 season, an 89-85 win in the finalgame at St. John Arena.%^$

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Ohio State extended its streak of consecutive games with atleast one 3-point goal made when Brian Brown drilled a shot frombehind the arc early in the first half. Ohio State has connected onat least one 3-point goal in 265-consecutive games.%^$

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Ken Johnson scored a career-high 24 points. His previous highwas 17, set vs. Toledo (12/22/99). Johnson’s 20-point game is OSU’sthird 20-point individual performance of the season, joining BrianBrown (23, Florida State) and Brent Darby (21, Northwestern).%^$

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Johnson also grabbed 10 rebounds, marking his second straightdouble-double – the first time he has posted two straightdouble-doubles. Johnson recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds inSaturday’s game at Illinois. In three Big Ten contests, Johnson isaveraging 17 ppg and 9 rpg.%^$

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Johnson attempted 13 shots in the contest, marking a careerhigh for shots in a game. His previous best was 12, set earlierthis season vs. Denver (12/7). Johnson also connected on acareer-best nine shots, topping his previous best of seven, lastvs. Northwestern last week.%^$

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Johnson started his 107th career game. Johnson stands fourstarts 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 swatted one shot in the game, giving him 381 in hiscareer. That leaves him 47 behind former Penn State star CalvinBooth, who rejected 428 from 1995-99.%^$

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Zach Williams scored 10 points in the game, his firstdouble-figure contest since a 19-point performance against RobertMorris (12/20).%^$

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Ohio State is 10-2 when out-rebounding its opponent. TheBuckeyes out-rebounded Penn State 36-22, but have now droppedback-to-back games when out-rebounding their opponent.%^$

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The Buckeyes are now 7-1 when shooting 50 percent or betterafter shooting 57.4 percent vs. Penn State. The Buckeyes have shot50 percent or better in six of the last nine contests.%^$

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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.%^$

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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).%^$