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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 Ohio State men’s basketball team used a strong second half to pick up a 77-67 win over Illinois Wednesday night at United Center in Chicago. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 8-1 on the year, including 2-0 in the Big Ten, while the Illini drop to 2-7 overall, 0-2 in conference play.
What They’re Saying – Keyshawn Woods, Ohio State graduate guard
On bouncing back from a poor shooting game against Minnesota
“It stuck with me for two days,” he said. “The days we were off, I was mad. I’ve been playing for a long time. My mentality is if you have one bad game, let’s try not to make it two. You have two, let’s try not to make it three.”
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) December 6, 2018
– Ohio State improves to 73-102 all-time against Illinois.
– The game marked the third time that the Buckeyes and the Illini have met on a neutral court. The Buckeyes are now 2-1 when playing the Illini at a neutral site.
– The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine matchups between the two teams.
– Before taking the final lead of the game with 13 minutes to play in the second half, the lead changed 10 times throughout the game.
– When trailing at the half, Ohio State is 2-0 on the season. The Buckeyes went into the half down 34-38 against the Illini.
– The Ohio State bench accounted for 40 of the Buckeyes’ 77 points.
– In conference play, Holtmann improves to 17-3 at the helm of the Buckeyes.
– Keyshawn Woods scored a team-high 18 points in the contest. He recorded six made field goals off the bench to put him at one shy of 400 for his career. The contest was the third time this season that he scored in double figures. Woods finished 5-for-5 from the free throw line, recorded four rebounds, two assists and one block.
– Kaleb Wesson scored 13 points in the contest to record his sixth straight game scoring in double figures. Wesson grabbed seven boards, dished one assist and added one block for the Buckeyes.
– Musa Jallow grabbed a career-high nine boards in the contest. Jallow tied his season-high points total with 11 against the Illini.