Dec. 21, 2002
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Ohio State is 3-1 all-time against Seton Hall and 52-38all-time against teams in the Big East Conference. Tonight’s battlewith the Pirates was the first of a two-game series. Ohio Statewill travel to the Meadowlands (N.J.) next season. Sophomore centerTerence Dials did not play because of back spasms which flaredafter shoot around early Saturday. Junior Velimir Radinovic madehis third start of the season in place of Dials. When scoring 70 ormore points in a game, the Buckeyes have posted a 3-1 record thisseason and are 75-18 in O’Brien’s six seasons as head coach. Seniorguard Sean Connolly played in his 100th career college game againstSeton Hall. He played 30 games as a freshman at Providence and hasseen action on 70 games as a Buckeye. In the final 12:33 of thefirst half, the Buckeyes went on a 21-11 run and led 34-22 athalftime. Connolly scored 22 points against the Pirates and is theonly Buckeye to score in double figures in every game this season.The seven-game streak is a career high, breaking his pervious markof six while at Providence. His 22 points are the most ever as aBuckeye since scoring 18 in his first game dressed in Scarlet andGray against Yale, the first game of the 2000-01 season. Connollyhas seen at least 37 minutes of action in every game. With one3-point field goal against the Pirates, Brent Darby is sixth on theOhio State career 3-point list (114). He needs 11 more to move intofifth place. Boban Sovovic is currently fifth (125) and MichaelRedd is sixth (126). Darby’s 12 points gave him 902 for his career.He needs 98 more points to move into 41st place on the Ohio Statecareer scoring list. Chris Jent is currently 40th with 1,007points. Velimir Radinovic tied a career-high with 13 points andalso established a career-high with 38 minutes of time on thehardwood. He also hit seven free-throws to set a season-high.Freshman Matt Sylvester scored seven points, tying a career-high.His also had seven at Pittsburgh (12/18). Sophomore BrandonFuss-Cheatham pulled down a career-high down nine rebounds. Hisprevious high of three achieved last against Pittsburgh (12/18).His 28 minutes also set a career-high. Junior Zach Williams tallieda season-high six offensive rebounds, including five in the firsthalf to surpass his previous season high of three. Six offensiveboards also is the most this season by any Buckeye. The Buckeyesreturn to action at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 against Radford in Value CityArena.