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Dec. 22, 2001

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The Buckeyes are 50-7 in Value City Arena since it opened forthe 1998-99 season. OSU is 30-3 against non-conference opponentsand 20-4 in Big Ten games. Boban Savovic kept the 3-point streakalive with his field goal at the 17:30 mark in the first half. OhioState has made at least one 3-point basket in 290-consecutivegames. Savovic moved into the No. 9 spot, moving ahead of JimJackson, for career 3-pointers. He has 87 for his career. He needsthree more to move into the No. 8 spot occupied by Damon Stringer.Ohio State closed the final 9:36 of the first half on a 17-5 runbehind the perfect shooting of Zach Williams (2-2), Boban Savovic(3-3) and Sean Connolly (2-2). Velimir Radinovic set a career highfor blocks with three. His previous high was two against SantaClara earlier this season (Dec. 12). With his 18-point performanceBrian Brown has 991 points in his career. He is on pace to becomethe 40th Ohio State player to reach 1,000 points. Freshman guardBrandon Fuss-Cheatham started the second half in place of BrentDarby who injured his left pinky finger. Fuss-Cheatham played 21minutes before coming out after taking a hard fall. EasternIllinois was 3-of-15 from behind the arc for a .200 shootingpercentage. Six of the nine teams Ohio State has played this seasonhave been held at or below 25 percent shooting from 3-point range.None of the six connected on more than four 3-pointers. TheBuckeyes held Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer, Henry Domercant, to20 points. He is averaging 24.3 points per game and is sixth in thenation for scoring. In four seasons at Value City Arena, JimO’Brien and the Buckeyes have a combined record of 30-3 againstnon-conference opponents. Before the game tonight, Eastern Illinoisand Ohio State had never met in basketball. The Buckeyes are 10-0against Ohio Valley Conference teams. Ohio State has played on thisdate in history 33 times, winning 23. The Buckeyes have won thelast five games on this date.