NCAAB Game Recap - Illinois at Ohio State
Thu Mar 5, 2020 7:00 PM EST

AF
60
SDSU
73
F
ChaSo
48
Radf
62
F
Leh
70
Colg
83
F
Stetsn
62
Lib
66
F
USC-Up
70
Winth
106
F
Buck
64
Amer
59
F
Lipsco
73
NFla
71
F
NM
70
UtSt
75
F
UNCA
62
GWebb
72
F
Navy
63
Boston
69
F
Oakl
63
WIGB
78
F
E IL
65
APSU
76
F
Wyo
74
Nev
71
F
Bois
67
UNLV
61
F
Lafy
73
Army
68
F
TNSt
48
E KY
58
F
YSU
61
IL-C
67
F
Hamp
78
Longw
53
F
Evans
55
Valpa
58
F
Portl
62
SCla
76
F
IlSt
65
Drake
75
F
LoyMa
75
USD
61
F
Cal
56
Oreg
90
F
Ill
63
OhSt
71
F
Hou
71
UConn
77
F
Nebras
58
Mich
82
F
NCAT
80
NCC
86
F
DelSt
100
How
88
F
Copp
63
MD-ES
60
F
Norf
68
Morg
62
F
FlaAM
70
BethC
72
F(OT)
PVAM
71
Alc
80
F
JackSt
71
AlSt
59
F
TXSo
74
South
89
F
WichSt
60
Mem
68
F
Stan
65
OrSt
68
F
UMKC
61
UtVal
51
F
CBap
50
NMSt
83
F
S UT
65
MTSt
73
F
N CO
71
Mont
64
F
Wash
90
AzSt
83
F
IdaSt
77
E WA
100
F
Gram
57
AlaAM
58
F
Web
72
Ida
64
F
HI
67
UCDav
65
F
CS-Ful
53
UCSB
55
F
CAPoly
73
LongB
80
F(OT)
NoAZ
66
PorSt
80
F
WaSt
62
Ariz
83
F
ChiSt
Seatt
Canc

Mar 5, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(23) Illinois (20-10)

37

26

63

(19) Ohio State (21-9)

30

41

71

No. 19 Ohio State rallies to beat No. 23 Illinois 71-63
Thu Mar 5, 2020 11:25 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) With one of Ohio State's key big men out with an ankle injury, freshman E.J. Liddell stepped in and played his best game as a Buckeye so far.

Liddell slammed in a dunk that gave the Buckeyes the lead for good on the way to tying a career high with 17 points and pulling down a career-best 11 rebounds as No. 19 Ohio State pulled away for a 71-63 win over No. 23 Illinois on Thursday.

"Knowing that we're down a few guys, E.J. has definitely been stepping up," said Andre Wesson, a senior who played his last game at Value City Arena. "You can definitely see it in practice. He's just been playing better and better and just his energy today, his physicality, it was real big for us."

Liddell also played a career-high 26 minutes with junior forward Kyle Young out with an ankle injury.

Kaleb Wesson, Andre's younger brother, had 15 of his team-leading 19 points in the second half for the Buckeyes (21-9, 11-8 Big Ten), who have won four in a row and nine of their last 11. They are playing well at a critical time, with a road matchup against No. 16 Michigan State looming this weekend and the Big Ten tournament beginning Wednesday in Indianapolis.

"Good resolve," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. "We were really tough-minded. We've been a very tough-minded group these last five weeks. We'll see if that continues. Obviously there's no permanency to that."

Ayo Dosunmu had 21 points and five assists to pace Illinois (20-10, 12-7), which saw its conference championship hopes fade a bit more after starting the day a half-game behind leaders Maryland, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Still, the Illini are poised for a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years.

Illinois led by as many as 11 in the first half and held a 37-30 lead at the break. The Buckeyes let fly with the 3-pointers in the opening frame but hit just one in seven tries.

With Illinois went up by seven in the second half, Ohio State chipped away and Kaleb Wesson's fadeaway jumper tied the score at 51 with 9:30 left, part of an 11-2 run by the Buckeyes, who then built an eight-point lead.

After Wesson picked up his fourth and fifth fouls in a 15-second span, Illinois got within five with a steal by Dosunmu and a coast-to-coast layup by Andres Feliz. But Liddell's shot in the paint and a couple of foul shots by Duane Washington Jr. gave the Buckeyes a 69-60 lead with 32 seconds remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini's second-half shooting was cold and 14 turnovers didn't help. They shot 35.7% in the second half after making more than half their shots in the first.

"The ball didn't go in, and we gave up 16 offensive rebounds," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. "That was the game, plain and simple. We gave up 16 offensive rebounds - they got almost half their misses back. That hasn't happened to us all year and it was very out of character for us."

Ohio State: Despite bad 3-point shooting (3 for 15) and foul trouble for star Kaleb Wesson, the Buckeyes found a way to rally as a tumultuous regular season winds down.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Buckeyes could move up slightly, but they're more concerned about tournament seeding at this point.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Ohio State honored the 1960 national championship team at halftime. Surviving members who showed up for the reunion included Jerry Lucas, Mel Nowell, Joe Roberts and Bob Knight. They also got a chance to talk to the current team.

UP NEXT

Illinois: Hosts Iowa in its regular-season finale on Sunday.

Ohio State: Finishes the season on Sunday at Michigan State.

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Leaders

Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Oladimeji 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Underwood 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
H. Hookfin 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ahrens 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Ill OhSt
Points For 63 71
Field Goals 24/55-44% 22/57-39%
Three Pointers 6/22-27% 3/15-20%
Free Throws 9/10-90% 24/28-86%
Offensive Rebounds 9 16
Defensive Rebounds 22 22
Rebounds 34 41
Blocks 4 2
Steals 6 9
Turnovers 14 11
Personal Fouls 22 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OhSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Mar 5 Ill 63 @ OhSt 71 K. Nichols 2 L. Muhammad 1

Game Information

Stadium: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 16,382
Game Time: