Dec. 16, 2002
Darby broke the 30-point barrier for the second time in his last three games to re-capture the Big Ten scoring lead and earn Conference Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. He poured in 30 points on 69 percent (11-16) shooting, including hitting five of seven three-point attempts, to lead the Buckeyes past Morehead State. Darby tied the Ohio State Value City Arena scoring record with his 30-point outburst and set three career-bests with 11 field goals, five three-pointers and four steals.
The senior guard set the Big Ten season-high last week in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a career-best 35 points against nationally-ranked Duke. A Third Team All-Big Ten selection as a junior, he is the first Buckeye to reach the 30-point mark twice in the same season since Michael Redd accomplished the feat three times during the 1998-99 campaign.
Darby currently leads the Big Ten in scoring with a career-high 21.0 points per game. He is also ranked either first or second in the League in assists (T2nd, 5.00), steals (2nd, 2.20) and three-point field goal percentage (T1st, .600). The Detroit-native has also been an iron man on the court, playing all 40 minutes in each of the first four games of the season before posting “only” 36 minutes in the victory on Saturday.