No. 19 Ohio State avoids major upset to Illinois
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.
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.
Ohio State: Hosts Bucknell on Dec. 15.
Illinois: Hosts UNLV on Saturday.
Hughes, Curry lead
Marshall past Duquesne
PITTSBURGH — Michael Hughes tied his career-high with 20 points, Sincere Carry added 19 and Duquesne defeated Marshall 93-82 on Wednesday night.
The Dukes (5-2) had a 22-8 run in the middle of the first half to open an 18-point lead and then made 10 of their final 13 shots, including eight in a row, in the final 10 minutes of the game to keep the Thundering Herd (5-3) at bay.
Mike Lewis II had 15 points and Marcus Weathers 11 for Duquesne, which shot 58 percent, the best in two seasons under coach Keith Dambrot.
C.J. Burks had four 3-pointers and 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting for Marshall.
The Thundering Herd cut the 18-point first-half deficit to 10, 48-38 at the half and got it down to five early in the second half before Duquesne surged ahead. The Dukes led by 16 with 6:21 to play but saw that dwindle to seven with 1:11 remaining before a Hughes dunk and two Carry free throws iced it.
Duquesne, in a stretch of nine-straight games within the Pittsburgh city limits, last played Marshall 40 years ago.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Takal Molson hit three free throws in the final half-minute to preserve a 68-62 Canisius win over Robert Morris on Wednesday night.
The Griffs played their first home game in 18 days and five straight road games.
Matty McConnell scored at the basket with 1:14 left to pull the Colonials within five, 62-57, but neither team managed a field goal after that.
Josh Williams scored 17 points for Robert Morris (4-5), which now has lost five of six road games to start the season. Charles Bain added 12 points.