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Recap - Ohio State Defeats Illinois 62-55

Ohio State grabbed a 62-55 win over Illinois on Thursday, behind an 18-point effort from LaQuinton Ross at Value City Arena.

Ohio State won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 11-point spread.

Ohio State got 16 points from Lenzelle Smith Jr. and another 11 points from Aaron Craft. Aaron Craft contributed 5 assists, while Amir Williams cleaned the glass with 9 rebounds.

Illinois got a 19-point performance from Joseph Bertrand, who was supported by 11 points from Jon Ekey. Jaylon Tate had 4 assists in a losing cause for Illinois, while Nnanna Egwu grabbed 9 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Illinois were victorious, as the score was 25-24 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Illinois as they grabbed 32 boards, while Ohio State only had 31.