Dec. 19, 2001%^$


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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio — Three-point shooting specialist DiDi Reynolds (Jr., Portage, Ohio/Hopewell-Loudon) steered Ohio State to an 88-79 overtime win at Virginia Tuesday night in Charlottesville. The victory is the second straight for the Buckeyes, 4-6 overall, and marks their first on the road this season. Virginia dropped to 5-4.%^$

%^$Reynolds’ “zone-like” performance began at the close of the first half, drilling a 40-foot triple off the left side just before the halftime buzzer, to close OSU’s deficit to single digits, 37-30, heading into the locker room.%^$

%^$A three-pointer by Cavalier guard Telisha Quarles with 8:34 remaining in the game allowed UVA a 59-49 lead.%^$

%^$Forward Courtney Coleman (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes) fueled the Buckeyes with seven points in a 19-10 rally that pulled Ohio State within a point of the lead, 69-68, with 38.3 seconds on the clock. Coleman, who fouled out on the ensuing trip down the floor, and Charisse Crews (Fr., Urbancrest, Ohio/Grove City) sent two opponents to the line who converted 2-of-4 free throws to lead 71-68 with 5.8 seconds on the clock.%^$

%^$With the clock running, Reynolds launched a 26-footer to send the game into overtime where the Buckeyes dominated 17-8 for the win.%^$

%^$All five starters for Ohio State finished in double figures. Reynolds, who shot 80 percent from the floor, scored a game- and career-high 26 points, connecting on 4-of-5 three-point goals. Coleman finished with 15 points, D’wan Shackleford (Jr., Newark, Ohio/Newark) 14, Lauren Shenk (Sr., Minster, Ohio/Minster) 13 and Tomeka Brown (Columbus, Ohio/Marion Franklin) 12. Coleman and Shackleford all players with eight rebounds each.%^$

%^$Center Brandi Teamer led Virginia with 19 points.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes return to action Thursday, hosting the Sacred Heart Pioneers at 7 p.m. in Value City Arena.%^$