Dec 29, 2001

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Head Coach Jim O’Brien

AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Brent Darby scored 16 points – half during a second-half 19-0 run – and Terence Dials scored a career-high 15 points and led a first-half spurt as Ohio State beat UNC-Greensboro 85-54 Saturday.

The Buckeyes (8-2), playing their last tuneup before beginning Big Ten play at Purdue on Wednesday, had lost two of their last three games.

Sean Connolly scored 11 points and Brian Brown added 10 for Ohio State. Brown became the 40th Buckeye player to top 1,000 points in his career.

Ronnie Taylor topped the Spartans (6-4) with 12 points with David Schuck adding 11.

Ohio State led 42-38 at the 17:24 mark of the second half after a three-point play by UNC-Greensboro’s Luke Boythe. By the time the Spartans scored again – on Schuck’s shot inside with 10:45 left – the Buckeyes had built a 61-38 lead.

Darby, whose starting job was in jeopardy after a string of bad games, had eight points in the surge including a pair of 3-pointers. Dials scored five points in a row on a three-point play and a reverse layup.

The Buckeyes shot 64 percent from the field, with Darby making 7-of-10 shots, Dials 6 of 8, Connolly 5 of 7 and Brown 4 of 5.

Boban Savovic added nine points and six assists.

Ohio State shot 62 percent from the field in the first half and had just six turnovers, yet still struggled to build an advantage against the Spartans.

The Buckeyes took the lead for good when Dials came in midway through the first half and immediately scored Ohio State’s next nine points.

He hit a follow of his own miss and was fouled on his first trip down the floor, then added an 8-foot bank shot and two more inside shots as the Buckeyes turned a 14-12 lead into a 23-17 lead.

The Spartans shot 49 percent from the field but had 23 turnovers.