February 14, 2019

Buckeyes Fall to Illini, 63-56


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell to Illinois, 63-58, Thursday night at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes, who saw their three-game win streak snapped, fall to 16-8 overall and 6-7 in the Big Ten while the Illini improve to 10-15, 6-8 in conference play.

C.J. Jackson led Ohio State with 17 points while Kaleb Wesson scored 11 and Andre Wesson added 10. Trent Frazier and Ayo Dosunmu each scored 15 to lead the Illini while Giorgi Bezhanishvili went for 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

The first half was back-and-forth early before the Illini used a 10-2 spurt, including eight points from Frazier over 4:06 to take a 27-18 lead with 4:21 left before the break. However, Ohio State answered right back with a 9-3 run of their own, capped by a Kaleb Wesson 3-pointer to trim the Illinois deficit to 30-27 at the half.

Kaleb Wesson led Ohio State with nine points at the half while Frazier scored a team-high 10 for the Illini, who held a 10-4 lead in points off turnovers through the opening 20 minutes.

After Illinois pushed the lead to 40-33 on a Frazier 3-pointer less than five minutes into the second half, Ohio State went on a 7-0 over the next 2:52 to knot the score at 40-40 on a Jackson 3-point play. The score remained tied at 45-45 before the Illini outscored the Buckeyes 6-1 over the next 3:00 to take a 51-46 lead after a Dosunmu 3-pointer with 5:15 left to play. Ohio State trimmed the lead to three multiple times down the stretch but another 3-pointer from Dosunmu with 29 seconds remaining put Illinois up 62-56 and sealed the Illini victory.

For the game, the Illini limited Ohio State to 17-for-47 (36.2 percent) from the field while connecting on 24-of-54 (44.4 percent) of their shots. Illinois held an 11-3 advantage in fast-break points.

Ohio State travels to East Lansing to square off with No. 11 Michigan State at 1 p.m. Sunday.