Wednesday, January 30, 2002

No. 25 Ohio State 78, No. 12 Illinois 67




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        COLUMBUS — Brent Darby scored 22 points — making 16 of 18 free throws and a pivotal jumper with 2 minutes left — for the Buckeyes (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten).

        The Illini (15-6, 4-4) fell three games behind co-leaders Indiana and OSU in the conference. It also gave them more losses this season than they had all last year when they shared the conference title with Michigan State.

        ILLINOIS (15-6) — Ferguson 2-3 0-0 4, Cook 2-7 4-4 8, Archibald 5-10 6-10 16, Bradford 4-10 1-1 9, F.Williams 5-19 5-5 16, Head 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 2-2 0-0 5, Harrington 1-4 0-0 3, Krupalija 0-1 4-4 4, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 20-24 67.

        OHIO ST. (16-3) — Z.Williams 4-7 6-10 14, Radinovic 1-1 0-0 2, Darby 3-6 16-18 22, Brown 4-10 4-5 13, Savovic 2-8 3-4 8, Fuss-Cheatham 0-2 0-0 0, Connolly 3-3 0-2 9, Dials 1-3 0-1 2, Dudley 3-3 0-0 6, Martin 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 22-44 29-42 78.

        Halftime—Ohio St. 42, Illinois 27. 3-point goals—Illinois 3-17 (Johnson 1-1, Harrington 1-3, F.Williams 1-5, Ferguson 0-1, Krupalija 0-1, Bradford 0-5), Ohio St. 5-10 (Connolly 3-3, Brown 1-1, Savovic 1-4, Fuss-Cheatham 0-2). Fouled out—Johnson. Rebounds—Illinois 27 (Cook 7), Ohio St. 33 (Dials, Darby 7). Assists—Illinois 6 (Bradford, F.Williams 2), Ohio St. 14 (Darby 5). Total fouls—Illinois 29, Ohio St. 22. A—19,200.

       



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