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Dec. 29, 2001

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The Buckeyes are 51-7 in Value City Arena since it opened forthe 1998-99 season. OSU is 31-3 against non-conference opponentsand 20-4 in Big Ten games. With his 10-point performance BrianBrown topped the 1,000-point mark. He scored his 1,000th point at6:26 mark of the second half on an offensive put back. He is the40th Ohio State player to reach 1,000 points. With 15 points,Terence Dials set a career high. His previous high was sevenagainst Santa Clara earlier this season (Dec. 12). It marks thefirst time in his Buckeye career that he has scored double figuresin a game. On the season he is 19-27 from the field for a shootingpercentage of .704. Sean Connolly kept the 3-point streak alivewith his field goal at the 3:05 mark in the first half. Ohio Statehas made at least one 3-point basket in 291-consecutive games. OhioState went into halftime with a 39-31 lead, with 22 of those pointscoming from the bench. The Buckeyes opened the first 10:54 of thesecond half on a 26-9 run behind 10 points from Brent Darby andfive from Dials. Boban Savovic finished the game with a season-highsix assists. He has had five or more assists in seven of the 10games. Ohio State shot a season-high .638 (37-58) from the field inthe game against UNC-Greensboro. The Buckeyes have shot over .500from the field in 6-of-10 games this season. The .638 ties theValue City Arena record for shooting percentage. The Buckeyes shot37-58 against Tennessee-Martin (12/14/98). The Buckeyes turned theball over nine times, marking the fewest turnovers in a game thisseason. The Ohio State defense caused UNC-Greensboro to turn theball over 23 times. OSU has forced 163 turnovers on the season. All13 players that dressed for Ohio State saw playing time. Ohio Statehas played on this date in history 41 times, posting a 27-14record. The Buckeyes have won 12 of the last 15 games on this date.In four seasons of play in Value City Arena, the Ohio State men’sbasketball team has drawn an average of 17,368 per game for a totalof 1,007,375. The 9,234th fan to enter the building vs.UNC-Greensboro was the 1,000,000th fan. The honor went to GregMcCloud of Prospect, Ohio. McCloud won a four day, three nightBahamas cruise for two adults plus a Buckeye prize pack.