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Feb. 5, 2003

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Attendance: 16,183

Junior center Velimir Radinovic was not in uniform againstMinnesota because of an injury sustained in practice Tuesday.Radinovic suffered a compound dislocation to his left littlefinger. He spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the hospital as aprecaution. The Buckeyes are 11-0 when leading with 5:00 remainingin the game. Senior Sean Connolly scored two points to move to 990career points. He scored 330 as a freshman at Providence and hasscored 660 in his three years at Ohio State. Ohio State is 72-21all time against Minnesota, which includes a 45-17 record inColumbus. Ohio State has won five of the last six games in theseries. In addition, the Golden Gophers are winless with a 0-4record in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes are 68-11 all-time in VCA.Jim O’Brien started the ninth different starting lineup of theseason in the game against the Gophers. Brent Darby, Sean Connolly,Matt Sylvester, Zach Williams and Shun Jenkins started for thefirst time as a unit vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes are 9-1 thisseason and 81-18 all-time when scoring 70 or more points underO’Brien. Minnesota tied the building record with 36 attempted3-pointers. Northwestern also attempted 36 three-point field goalsagainst the Buckeyes Feb. 1. Brent Darby jumped to the 28thposition on Ohio State’s all-time career scoring list with 18points against the Golden Gophers. The senior guard has totaled1,140 points. Frank Howard (1956-58) is currently 27th on the listwith 1,147 career points. Darby continued his scoring streak of 10or more points in 14 consecutive games. The stretch is the longestof his career. The Buckeye bench outscored the Golden Gopher bench31-8, the most points scored by the Ohio State bench this season.Sophomore Matt Marinchick set career highs with eight points andthree rebounds 11 minutes in the first half, which earned him asecond half start. He added two points and one rebound in thesecond half to finish with 10 points and four boards in acareer-high 20 minutes of play. It was his first double figure gameof his career. Junior Emonte Jernigan set a career-high with 21points against Minnesota. His previous career high was 20 pointsagainst California (1/13/01) while at Oregon State and his previousseason high as a Buckeye was 12 points versus Radford (12/23/02).His five three-pointers, five rebounds and six free throws are alsocareer-highs for Jernigan. Freshman Matt Sylvester tied acareer-high with six rebounds against the Golden Gophers. FourBuckeyes scored in double figures for the fourth-consecutive game.Ohio State returns to action at 1 p.m. Sunday at Illinois (15-4,5-3). The game will be televised nationally by CBS. It is the firstof three-consecutive games on the road for the Buckeyes.