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January 23, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio

Quotes from Ohio State vs. Minnesota

Attendance: 18,701

Minnesota head coach Clem Haskins

“Not much to talk about. Ohio State played a great game. Scoonie Penn is one of the premier guards in the country. He really makes a difference on their team.”

This is a very good ballclub we lost to. In our league, you can’t have an off night or you lose. Our teams, one through 12, have power and balance. We have eight to nine teams with a great chance of making the NCAA’s.”

“We got off to a slow start both halves. We’re a much better team than we showed. But we couldn’t get back into the game due to their superior talent.”

“It was a great crowd. They were intimidating and the team played great.”

“It’s just one loss. We’ll have to refocus, get better, and bounce back.”

Ohio State head coach Jim O’Brien

“From the beginning to the end, we seemed to be very, very ready to play tonight.”

“[Regarding the crowd] I was sitting there getting chills. That’s the first time I’ve ever been to a game where the team has gotten a standing ovation before the ball was thrown. That was remarkable.”

“We had a couple good runs to start the second half, but it’s all keyed by our defense. I think the only time we had a little letdown defensively was at the end of the first half.”

“Ken has been a major factor in and around the basket. He was a man out there again today.”

“I was as surprised as anyone [regarding the score].”

“There’s no sign of any selfishness on our team. Guys are always looking to make the next pass. I think that’s what makes our team good.”

Ohio State Game Notes vs. Minnesota

* Ohio State is now 67-50 all-time against Minnesota. With the win the Buckeyes broke a five-game losing streak to the Golden Gophers and a two-game home losing streak to Minnesota.

* Ohio State is now 15-5 on the season and 5-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are now 4-1 against Associated Press-ranked teams this year. The last time OSU defeated that many AP-ranked teams was in the 1991-92, when the Bucks knocked off five ranked teams.

* Ohio State has now won back-to-back games at home by more than 20 points. The last time the Buckeyes did that was during the 1990-91 season when the Buckeyes knocked off Northwestern 102-62, Wisconsin 92-60, and Illinois 89-55.

* Scoonie Penn tied a season high with 24 points. He also scored 24 points against Toledo (12/5/98). His career high is 27 points, set Jan. 14, 1996, while at Boston College against Seton Hall. Penn also tied a career high by drilling five three-pointers. Penn set that mark twice while he was at Boston College.

* The Buckeye defense was once again stellar, as they held the Gophers to 37.5 percent shooting, including 26.3 percent shooting from behind the three-point arc. Ohio State has held opponents to 40 percent shooting this year.

* Ohio State is now 14-1 when leading at the half and 10-3 when out-rebounding their opponents. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 7-0 lead and did not trail in the game.

* Ohio State is now 11-1 at home this year. The 11 home wins are OSU’s most since going 15-1 at home during the 1991-92 campaign.

* Ken Johnson added four more blocked shots to his career total, which now stands at 113. Johnson, in sixth place all-time at Ohio State, stands just 18 blocks behind fifth-place Lawrence Funderburke (131).

* Ohio State has connected on at least one three-point field goal attempt over the last 204 games. Michael Redd extended the streak with a trey at the 19:34 mark of the first half.

* The attendance for the game was 18,701. After the sellout crowd of 17,500 attends tonight’s Ohio State-Michigan hockey game, 35,701 fans will have marched through the turnstiles at the Schottenstein Center today.

* Neshaun Coleman has hit 21 consecutive free throws, dating back to last season. Coleman hit his final 17 free throws last year and has drilled all four of his free throw attempts this year.