Dec. 14, 2002

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Brent Darby’s 30 points ties the record for most points scoredin Value City Arena by a Buckeye. Scoonie Penn scored 30 againstWisconsin (2-24-99). The building single-game scoring record is 32by Marcus Taylor of Michigan State (2-27-02). Ohio State is 2-0 alltime vs. Morehead State and 12-0 all time in games vs. the OhioValley Conference. Ohio State has a 74-18 record (.804) whenscoring 70 or more points in a game under head coach Jim O’Brien.The Buckeyes led 36-22 at halftime including 16 points off 11 Eagleturnovers. Morehead State did not have any points off 12 Ohio Stateturnovers in the first half. Ohio State’s 36 points at the breakwere the most scored in the first half this season. The Buckeyestallied 35 points in the first half against Tennessee Tech (12/7).The OSU defense also limited Morehead State to 22 points, thefewest in the first half by an opposing team. Tennessee Techtallied 22 points in the first half back on Dec. 7. Senior BrentDarby connected for a career-high five 3-pointers against theEagles. His previous career-high was four, which he tied earlierthis season against Duke (12/3). Darby hit four 3-pointers in thefirst half alone and made one in the second half. He also set acareer-high with 11 field goals, which surpassed his previous markof eight against the Blue Devils. With five 3-pointers made againstMorehead State, senior Brent Darby moved into sixth place on thecareer-made 3-pointers list with 113. Boban Savovic, who playedwith the Buckeyes from 1999-2002 is fifth on the list with 125career 3-pointers. Darby also is tied for seventh on the career3-pointers attempted chart with 283. Darby reached 30 or morepoints for the second time this season. The last time a playerscored 30-plus points at least twice in a season was Michael Reddduring the 1998-99 season. Redd recorded 30 points at Wisconsin(1/2/99) and versus Purdue (1/19/99). He also scored 32 pointsagainst Illinois during the Big Ten Tournament. Senior SeanConnolly recorded 12 points against the Eagles, making him the onlyBuckeye to score double figures in all five games this season.Redshirt freshman Matt Sylvester tallied a career-high six pointsfor the Buckeyes. His previous career high was five points againstTennessee Tech (12/7). His three field goals tied a career high. Inthe second half, sophomore Brandon Fuss-Cheatham stepped on thecourt for the first time this season since going down with a kneeinjury Nov. 22 in the final exhibition game against the HarlemGlobetrotters. He finished with 1 point in six minutes. With thereturn of Fuss-Cheatham, this is the first game where Darby has notplayed the entire 40 minutes. The Buckeyes return to action atPittsburgh Dec. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Ohio Statewill play host to Seton Hall Dec. 21 to begin a five-gamehomestand.