Dec. 9, 2001
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The Buckeyes are 48-6 in Value City Arena since it opened forthe 1998-99 season. Sophomore center Velimir Radinovic played inhis 24th game and made his first career start. Boban Savovic keptthe 3-point streak alive with his field goal at the 17:10 mark inthe first half. He has hit the first 3-point basket for theBuckeyes in four of the five games. Ohio State has made at leastone 3-point basket in 286-consecutive games. With his 25-pointperformance he set a career high. His previous high for points was23 against Penn State (3/3/01). This is the second time he hasscored 20 or more points. Savovic has paced Ohio State the past twogames. He led the Buckeyes against IUPUI with 25 points andrecorded 19 points against UNC-Wilmington. In the two games he was16-22 from the field and recorded 10 assists. Brian Brown crackedthe Top 10 for assists at Ohio State. With five assists againstIUPUI he is ranked 10th with 288. He passed former teammate ScooniePenn who finished his career with 284. He needs 38 assists to moveinto the No. 9 spot. With his 12-point performance Brent Darby hasscored in double figures in nine of the past 10 games. Ohio Statehas won 18 of 22 games in which Darby has scored 10 or more points.With four assists Zach Williams set a career high. His previoushigh for assists was three against Penn State (1/10/01). SeanConnolly got in on the scoring with 14 points. The last time hescored in double figures was against Utah State in the first roundof the 2001 NCAA Tournament (3/15/01). He had 11 in that contest.Brian Brown has 934 points in his career. He is on pace to becomethe 40th Ohio State player to reach 1,000 points. Ohio Statecontinues to finish games strong. In five games, the Buckeyes havemanaged a 15.6 margin of victory behind strong play in the secondhalf. OSU has outscored its opponents 218-139 in the second half.Ohio State opponents have turned the ball over 91 times in fivegames for an average of 18.2 a contest. The last time Ohio Statescored 10 3-pointers was at Iowa last season (2/07/01). In fourseasons at Value City Arena, Jim O’Brien and the Buckeyes have acombined record of 29-2 against non-conference opponents. TheBuckeyes have played 12 games on Dec. 9 in the history of theprogram. Ohio State has come out on top 10 times. Ohio Wesleyandowned the Buckeyes 34-23 in 1933 and Missouri topped OSU 69-62 in1972.