Jan. 6, 2001

Recap| Box Score

Ken Johnson started his 106th career game. Johnson stands fivestarts behind fifth-place Kelvin Ransey (111, 1977-80). Johnson isone of eight players in Ohio State history to eclipse 100 starts inhis Buckeye career. Ohio State extended its streak of consecutivegames with at least one 3-point goal made when Brent Darby canned ashot from behind early in the first half. Ohio State has connectedon at least one 3-point goal in 264-consecutive games. Ohio Statelost for the first time this season when out-rebounding itsopponent. The Buckeyes out-rebounded Illinois 37-31, led by the 11rebounds recorded by Ken Johnson. Ohio State sophomore SeanConnolly and junior Brian Brown have each connected on at least one3-point field goal attempt in 13 of 14 games this season. Johnsonrecorded his sixth career double-double with a 15-point, 11-reboundeffort against the Illini. He also held Illinois leading scorerMarcus Griffin to just 10 points in the contest. Johnson turned ina career-best effort from the free throw line. He connected on9-of-10 charity shots, including all eight in the second half. Hisnine made and 10 attempted free throws are career highs. Sophomorepoint guard Brent Darby had his best week as a Buckeye vs.Northwestern and Illinois. For the week, he averaged 17.5 points,4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while connecting on 46 percent of hisshots from the field (13-28) and on 5-of-11 3-point attempts (.455)and all four free throws. Darby also played a career high 38minutes vs. the Illini. Johnson also had quality outings during theopening week of the Big Ten season. He averaged 14.5 points, 8.5rebounds and 4.0 blocks while hitting 10-of-15 shots from the field(.667) and 90 percent of his foul shots (9-10) in 58 minutes overtwo games. He also committed just two personal fouls, none vs.Illinois. Ohio State will play at home the next three gamesbeginning with an 8 p.m. meeting with Penn State Wednesday and a12:15 p.m. contest vs. Minnesota Saturday. Michigan, who did notplay at Value City Arena last year, comes to Columbus Jan. 18 tobattle the Buckeyes on ESPN (7 p.m.).