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    Illinois Drops to Ohio State, 48-39
    Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 13 points on Saturday.

    Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 13 points on Saturday.

    Feb. 15, 2014

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    Ohio State 20 28 48
    Illinois 23 16 39
    Illini Top Performers
    Tracy Abrams 13 pts, 4 rebs
    Rayvonte Rice 11 pts, 5 rebs, 2 steals
    Nnanna Egwu 6 pts, 14 rebs, 3 blocks
    Game Stats
    Illinois OSU
    FG Percentage 28% 38%
    3-point Percentage 31% 23%
    FT Percentage 100% 60%
    Def. Rebounds 27 28
    Off. Rebounds 9 6
    Assists 8 6
    Steals 3 10
    Turnovers 13 11
    Blocks 5 7
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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 13 points and Nnanna Egwu pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in a 48-39 loss to No. 22 Ohio State on Saturday night.

    Aaron Craft scored 14 points for the Buckeyes.

    Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes' best option on a tough offensive night for each team.

    LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed 23-20 at halftime. The Buckeyes made 38 percent of their shots.

    Illinois (14-12, 3-10) scored just nine points over the first 15:35 minutes of the second half.

    While each team struggled with its shooting, defense also played a key role.

    The Illini paid close attention to Ross, who was averaging a team-high 14.6 points. He had just one field goal in the second half and was 3 for 8 from the field for the game.

    Rayvonte Rice, Illinois' leading scorer, had trouble getting open for much of the game. He had seven late points to finish with 11.

    Illinois' shooting percentage was a sickly 29 percent in the first half. But the Illini still had the lead at the break, using their defense and a flurry of early 3-pointers to grab the advantage.

    But that poor shooting percentage kept getting lower as the game went along.

    The Illini hit just one of their first nine shots in the second half, a seven-minute stretch during which the Buckeyes put together a 10-2 run to take a 30-25 lead.

    Egwu's jumper with 12:55 to play temporarily ended Illinois' scoring drought.

    But the Buckeyes eventually pulled away. Amedeo Della Valle had a layup and Marc Loving made consecutive jump shots to put the Buckeyes up 38-29.

    While the Buckeyes managed to find a little offense, Illinois was missing - jumpers and finger rolls and even a dunk attempt by Jon Ekey that skidded harmlessly across the top of the rim.

    Illinois went 8:14 without a field goal before Abrams tossed in a 3-pointer with 4:25 to play, making it 42-32.

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