Dec. 28, 2002
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Ohio State is 2-0 all-time against Tennessee State and 13-0all-time versus teams in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Buckeyesare 6-0 in Value City Arena this season and have posted a 63-8record since its opening. Last season, Ohio State began the yearwith six consecutive home games, all victories. When scoring 70 ormore points in a game, the Buckeyes have posted a 5-1 record thisseason and are 77-18 in O’Brien’s six seasons as head coach. OhioState scored its first six points of the game from the free-throwline and ended the half 13-of-14 from the charity stripe. TennesseeState was 1-of-2 from the free-throw line in the first half. JuniorShun Jenkins made his Ohio State debut at 13:17 in the first half.Jenkins missed the first eight games because of a broken finger. Hefinished with six points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes of action.Senior Sean Connolly tied a career-high 24 points against theTigers and is the only Buckeye to score in double figures in allnine games this season. His scored 24 against North Carolina Stateas a freshman at Providence. Connolly has scored at least 20 pointsin Ohio State’s last three games. He tallied 24 points againstTennessee State, 20 against Radford and 22 against Seton Hall.Brent Darby was the last player to score 20 or more points in threeconsecutive games for the Buckeyes during the 2001-02 season. Darbyrecorded 22 points against Illinois, 26 versus Northwestern and 22at Wisconsin. Redshirt freshman Matt Sylvester made his thirdcareer start as a Buckeye and netted a career-high eight pointsagainst the Tigers. He scored seven points against Seton Hall. Withtwo 3-point field goals against Tennessee State, Brent Darby issixth on the Ohio State career 3-point list (117). He needs eightmore to move into fifth place. Boban Sovovic is currently fifth(125) and Michael Redd is sixth (126). Darby’s 22 points gave him943 for his career. He needs 57 more points to become 41st playerat Ohio State to reach 1,000 career points. The Buckeyes return toaction at 8 p.m. Monday (Dec. 30) against Hampton in Value CityArena.