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No. 19 Ohio State rallies in 2nd half, beats Illinois 77-67

Keyshawn Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Kaleb Wesson added 13 and No. 19 Ohio State rallied in the second half for a 77-67 victory over Illinois

Published on December 6, 2018 12:01AM

Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson, center, battles Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, left, and guard Alan Griffin, right, for the ball as Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson, center, battles Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, left, and guard Alan Griffin, right, for the ball as Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles past Illinois guard Trent Frazier (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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Ohio State guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles past Illinois guard Trent Frazier (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson (34) shoots past Illinois forward Kipper Nichols (2) and guard Aaron Jordan (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson (34) shoots past Illinois forward Kipper Nichols (2) and guard Aaron Jordan (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) goes in for a dunk past Ohio State guard Keyshawn Woods (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) goes in for a dunk past Ohio State guard Keyshawn Woods (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson, center, battles Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, left, and guard Alan Griffin, right, for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson, center, battles Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, left, and guard Alan Griffin, right, for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Illinois guard Andres Feliz (10) goes in for a lay up between Ohio State Andre Wesson (24) and C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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Illinois guard Andres Feliz (10) goes in for a lay up between Ohio State Andre Wesson (24) and C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Illinois forward Kipper Nichols (2) goes in for a lay up past Ohio State forward Kyle Young (25) and guard Musa Jallow (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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Illinois forward Kipper Nichols (2) goes in for a lay up past Ohio State forward Kyle Young (25) and guard Musa Jallow (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)


CHICAGO (AP) Keyshawn Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Kaleb Wesson added 13 and No. 19 Ohio State rallied in the second half for a 77-67 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night.

Musa Jallow had 11 points and nine rebounds as Ohio State (8-1) improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten.

Trent Frazier and Kipper Nichols scored 18 apiece as Illinois (2-7, 0-2) dropped its third straight.

The Buckeyes were 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) in the second half to flip the game. The Illini went 9 for 33 (27.3 percent) after halftime.

Illinois has lost 12 in a row against ranked teams. The school's last victory over a Top 25 opponent was 68-66 over No. 20 Iowa in the second round of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament.

The game was played at the United Center, where the Illini entered with a 37-15 record.

Ohio State had a 30-22 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the first half before the Illini closed with a 16-4 run for a 38-34 halftime lead.

The frustration for Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann boiled over midway through the spurt when he picked up a technical foul for protesting a no-call at the Ohio State basket.

Aaron Jordan made one of the two technical free throws to give Illinois a 31-30 lead with 2:48 left.

Both teams shot 40 percent from the field in the first half, but the difference was Illinois going 15 for 19 at the free throw line, compared to 7 of 12 for Ohio State.

The Illini maintained a slim lead for the first several minutes of the second half, but the Buckeyes went back on top, 52-51, on a scoop shot by Duane Washington Jr. with 13:26 to play.

That basket was part of a 15-2 run as Ohio State turned a 51-48 deficit into a 63-53 lead with nine minutes to go.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: After playing three games in eight days including a loss to Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge the Buckeyes get nine days off before returning to the court.

Illinois: The Illini's two wins are against Evansville and Mississippi Valley State. They don't have any glaring losses and have played tough against good teams, but a win against a major program is sorely needed.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Hosts Bucknell on Dec. 15.

Illinois: Hosts UNLV on Saturday.

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