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CHICAGO — Ohio State outscored Illinois 43-29 in the second half on the way to a 77-67 win over the Illini at the United Center in Chicago.

It's the third straight loss for Illinois.

Illini slipping away

A parade of Buckeyes free throws (12-of-16) in the second half has the Illini sliding away from Ohio State, trailing 71-60 with 3:52 left in the game.

Illinois is shooting 27 percent in the second half, while Ohio State is shooting 58 percent from the field.

Giorgi fouls out

Illinois freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili fouled out of the game with 8:20 left. It's the third consecutive game he's fouled out. He finished with five points and five rebounds.

Ohio State leads 65-55 with 7:13 left.

Ohio State takes the lead

An 11-2 run gave the Buckeyes a 59-53 lead with 10:36 left in the game. 

Buckeyes tie the game

Ohio State tied the game with 15:22 left after Keyshawn Woods connected on a floater and was fouled by Da'Monte Williams. Woods hit the free throw to tie the game at 46-all.

Kipper Nichols has scored four quick points to open the second half for the Illini.

Strong stretch powers Illinois

Illinois had arguably its best stretch of the young season to close the first half against Ohio State. Illinois ended the half on a 16-4 run to lead Ohio State 38-34 at halftime.

The Illini got 10 of its 16 points from the free-throw line in the final stretch,and held the Buckeyes without a field goal for 6:56 before a layup from Kyle Young.

Trent Frazier leads the Illini with 11 points and Kipper Nichols, Da'Monte Williams and Aaron Jordan all have five.

The Illini have 15 points off of 10 Ohio State turnovers, and are out-rebounding the Buckeyes 21-17.

After struggling to get to the free-throw line, while opponents marched there, Illinois is 15-of-19 from the line and Ohio State is 7-of-12.

Illini tie it up

Illinois is on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 30-30 with 3:06 left in the half.

Ohio State hasn't scored in 4:42, but the Illini haven't it a field goal in the last 2:45, instead getting points at the free-throw line.

Andres Feliz tied the game with a pair of free throws. Illinois freshman Samba Kane, who most fans would like to see more of, has checked in the game and immediately contested a shot to force a miss.

Illinois hanging around, despite scoring drought

The scoring drought bug that seemingly bites the Illini each game, is striking again in the first half. 

Illinois hasn't scored in 2:21, but the defense is keeping the Buckeyes in check. Ohio State leads 30-22 with 6:24 left in the first half.

Trent Frazier has nine points on seven shots to go along with four rebounds. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said on Tuesday that the plan was to get Frazier going earlier in games, and he is.

Ohio Stat has five-point possession

Illinois center Adonis De La Rosa didn't block out Buckeyes' big man Kaleb Wesson, who got the rebound, hit the layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but Keyshawn Woods got the rebound and Duane Washington hit a 3-pointer.

Buckeyes lead 22-16.

Illini go on 7-0 run

A 7-0 Illinois run helped the Illini take a brief two-point lead over Ohio State before the Buckeyes retook a 17-16 lead with 11:48 left in the first half.

Illinois is out-rebounding the Buckeyes 10-6 and the Illini are 3-of-6 from 3-point land.

Trent Frazier leads the team with five points and Da'Monte Williams and Aaron Jordan each have 3-pointers.

Slow start for both teams

The Buckeyes are 3-of-10 from the field to open the game, but Illinois is 2-of-8 and unable to capitalize. Ohio State leads 8-6 with 15:48 left in the first half. 

Trent Frazier and Aaron Jordan both have a 3-pointer for the Illini, and Kaleb Wesson converted a 3-point play for Ohio State after grabbing an offensive rebound off his own miss.

The Illini already have eight rebounds, with three coming from Kipper Nichols, who was re-inserted into the starting lineup.

Starters announced


G — Trent Frazier

G — Ayo Dosunmu

G — Aaron Jordan

F — Kipper Nichols

F — Giorgi Bezhanishvili

Ohio State

F — Andre Wesson

F — Kyle Young

F — Kaleb Wesson

G — Luther Muhammad

G — C.J. Jackson

Jones still not dressed

Illinois freshman Tevian Jones was not dressed during warmups. It looks like his suspension, which was announced prior to the Notre Dame game, is still implemented. 

This will be the third game Jones, a 6-foot-7 guard from Culver City (Calif.) high school. He's averaging 3.2 points per game this season.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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