Dec. 23, 2002
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The Buckeyes are 2-0 all-time against Radford and 4-0 all-timeagainst teams in the Big South. Ohio State has posted a 5-0 recordin the confines of Value City Arena this season. The Buckeyes are63-8 all-time in games played on their home floor. The Buckeyeshave played with just one day of rest following a game 17 times inJim O’Brien’s tenure at Ohio State. The squad is 10-6 in thatsituation and 10-1 since the 1998-99 season in regular seasonaction. For the first time this season, five players scored indouble figures for the Buckeyes against Radford. Ohio State hadfive players score in double figures against Michigan during the2002 Big Ten Tournament (3/8/02). When scoring 70 or more points ina game, the Buckeyes have posted a 4-1 record this season and are76-18 in O’Brien’s six years at Ohio State. Radford netted 153-point field goals against the Buckeyes, the most for any opponentin Value City Arena. Coastal Carolina recorded 14 back on Dec. 13,1999. Radford’s Raymond Arrington also tied a VCA record foropponents, hitting seven 3-point field goals. A.J. Guyton ofIndiana also had seven on Jan. 9, 1999. Senior Sean Connolly tiedcareer-high with six 3-point field goals and also tied a Value CityArena record for most 3-point field goals in a game by an OhioState player. The last time Connolly hit six 3-pointers was againstNotre Dame (12/8/98) while at Providence. He shares the VCA recordwith two other players, Michael Redd and Sconnie Penn. The last tohit six 3-pointers was Penn against Wisconsin (2/24/99). Connollyhas nailed at least one 3-pointer in the last nine games isshooting .619 (13-21) from 3-point land in the past three games.Connolly has reached double figures in all eight games for theBuckeyes this season. Junior Velimir Radinovic scored a career-high19 points against Radford and has totaled 32 points, his careerbest, in back-to-back games. This is the first time in his careerwhere he has reached double figures in back-to-back contests. Ofhis 32 points, 15 of them have come from the charity stripe,including 6-7 against Seton Hall and 9-11 versus Radford. SeniorBrent Darby tied a career-high eight assists. He also had eightassists earlier this season against Tennessee Tech (12/7). With one3-point field goal against the Highlanders, Darby is sixth on theOhio State career 3-point list (115). He needs 10 more to move intofifth place. Boban Savovic is currently fifth (125) and MichaelRedd is sixth (126). Darby’s 19 points gave him 921 for his career.He needs 79 more points to move into 41st place on the Ohio Statecareer-scoring list. Christ Jent is currently 40th with 1,007points. Junior Emonte Jernigan tallied 12 points, his most as aBuckeye. He scored eight points against Coppin State in his firstappearance wearing scarlet and gray. Senior Shaun Smith scored acareer-high five points in two minutes of action for the Buckeyes.His previous career high was four points scored last season againstUNC-Wilmington (12/2/01). The Buckeyes return to action at noonDec. 28 against Tennessee State in Value City Arena.