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NCAA Game Summary - Illinois at Ohio State



(Thursday, January 23rd)

Final Score: (17) Ohio State 62, Illinois 55

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - LaQuinton Ross posted 18 points to lead No. 17 Ohio State to a 62-55 victory over Illinois on Thursday.

Lenzelle Smith had 16 points with five rebounds and Aaron Craft gave 11 points with six rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten), who had dropped four straight.

"We did not play perfect, but I loved our energy on defense," Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. "Our problem is not solved, we have a long way to go, but the time off will be a great time to recollect, reflect and get healthy."

Joseph Bertrand had 19 points, Jon Ekey scored 11, and Nnanna Egwu added 10 points and nine boards for the Fighting Illini (13-7, 2-5), who have lost five in a row.

Tracy Abrams' layup with six minutes to play tied the game at 46 for Illinois, but Ross countered with a 3-pointer and Shannon Scott later hit a layup for a 51-46 lead with just under four minutes to play.

Abrams put in a pair of free throws with 2 1/2 minutes left to make it a 52-50 game, but Ross' three-point play at the other end gave the Buckeyes a five-point lead.

A turnover by Rayvonte Rice was quickly turned into a 3-pointer by Smith for a 58-50 lead with 1:16 left to seal the victory.

"In the second half, they turned it up and scored 38 points -- a good portion of those were off of live ball turnovers," Illinois head coach John Groce said. "I thought their ability to get deflections and get out in transition led to that."

It was a tight first half as neither team led by more than five, and after Smith hit a 3-pointer to give Ohio State a one-point lead, Egwu slammed a dunk to give Illinois a 25-24 lead at the break.

Trailing by three points, Ohio State got a layup from Ross to kick off a 9-0 run that Sam Thompson capped with a 3-pointer for a 40-34 lead with 12 minutes to play.

Game Notes

Ohio State hosts Penn State on Wednesday ... Illinois plays at Indiana on Sunday ... These teams will meet in Illinois on Feb. 15 ... Ohio State shot 41.7 percent, including 8-of-19 from 3-point range, while Illinois made 41.2 percent of its shots, but went just 5-for-18 from long range.

01/23 23:59:20 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
WIN 3
CAR 1
 
5th
KAN 0
SFG 5
 
4th
MIA 75
HOU 71
 
4th
MIN 97
IND 79
 
4th
OKC 76
UTA 89
 
Half
DEN 37
POR 50
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
PHO
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
 
Half
LALAF 34
ARKST 23
 
Final
NJD 3
NYR 4
Final
BOS 5
SJS 3
Final
NYI 2
TOR 5
2nd Intermission
MON 1
DET 1
 
3rd
NAS 2
ARI 2
 
3rd
WIN 3
CAR 1
 
2nd
CHI 3
PHI 0
 
2nd
DAL 6
VAN 2
 
2nd
COL 0
FLA 2
 
2nd
CAL 0
TAM 0