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COL BKB: Ohio State 62, Illinois 55

Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points Thursday and converted a key 3-point play that pushed No. 15 Ohio State over Illinois 62-55.

The Buckeyes ended a four-game losing streak that came after they had won their first 15 games of the season.

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Ohio State fell to Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska in succession and found itself behind by a point at halftime in this game.

The Fighting Illini were within two points after Tracy Abrams made two free throws with 2:31 to play, but Ross then hit a layup while being fouled and the 3-point play helped the Buckeyes pull away down the stretch.

Lenzelle Smith scored 16 points for the Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten Conference) while Aaron Craft had 11.

Joseph Bertrand delivered 19 points for Illinois (13-7, 2-5 Big Ten).

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