Jan. 31, 2001

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Ohio State is now 41-6 all-time and 12-3 this season at ValueCity Arena. All six losses have come by three points or less. ValueCity Arena was sold out for the second-consecutive game and thethird time this season. Tim Martin hit for a career-best ninepoints, topping his previous high of eight, set earlier this seasonvs. Morehead State (12/16/00). Martin scored five of his pointsfrom the charity stripe, where he went 5-of-7. He came into thecontest shooting 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from the free-throw lineand had attempted just five free throws in Big Ten play. Ohio St.extended its streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointgoal made when Cobe Ocokoljic hit a 3-pointer with 6:17 remainingin the first half. OSU has connected on at least one 3-point goalin 271-consecutive games. Ken Johnson started his 113th careergame, leaving him one behind fourth-place Herb Williams (114,1978-81) on the all-time OSU career starts chart. Johnson is one ofeight players in Ohio State history to start 100 or more games inhis Buckeye career. Johnson blocked five shots, giving him 408 forhis career – 20 behind former Penn State star Calvin Booth, whorejected 428 from 1995-99. Johnson is just the second player in BigTen Conference history to block 400 or more shots in a career. With89 blocked shots this season, Johnson stands sixth on the OSUsingle-season chart – one behind fourth-place Brad Sellers and HerbWilliams, who are tied with 90. Johnson holds the top two spots onthe list with 161 last season and 100 in 1998-99. Ohio State hit 75percent (21-of-28) of its free throws, marking thesixth-consecutive game the Buckeyes have hit 70 percent or higherfrom the charity stripe. Sean Connolly hit both of his free-throwattempts, extending his streak of consecutive free throws made to18. He has not missed a shot from the line since (12/13/00). BrianBrown continued to be an iron man, playing 39 minutes in thecontest. Brown played 40 minutes in each of the two previous gamesand is averaging nearly 36 minutes per game in Big Ten play. Theloss is just the second this season for the Buckeyes after theywere leading at halftime. The Buckeyes, who led 32-31 at the break,are 13-2 when leading at halftime. Doylan Robinson dressed for thefirst time since suffering injuries as a passenger in an automobileaccident Dec. 3. He did not see action in the game.