Wanting more playing time, Bass moves on

Updated: January 10, 2004, 7:33 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Charles Bass, the center/forward who as a freshman banked in a free throw to help Ohio State upset Michigan State in last year's Big Ten tournament semifinals, has transferred to Ball State.

Bass will be eligible to play at the end of the fall 2004 semester. The 6-foot-10 sophomore practiced with the Cardinals for the first time on Thursday.

Bass told Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien on Dec. 16 that he wanted to transfer because he wasn't getting enough playing time.

He played 4 minutes in two games this season without scoring, after getting nine points in 15 games as a freshman. That included his foul shot with 6 seconds left that gave the Buckeyes a 55-54 win over the Spartans last March. It was his first free throw attempt of the season.

"C. Bass, off glass" were the first words uttered by O'Brien in his postgame news conference.

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