Ohio State Drops Sixth Game Out of Last Seven With 69-60 Loss on the Road At Illinois

Ohio State’s profitable methods did not final lengthy.

The Buckeyes snapped their five-game dropping skid with a win over Iowa on Saturday, however stumbled on the highway in Champaign Tuesday to undergo a sixth loss in the previous seven video games. Illinois picked up a 69-60 victory to win its fifth sport out of the final six.

Team

1

2

FINAL

OHIO STATE

26

34

60

ILLINOIS 34 35 69

Unlike every of Ohio State’s earlier 5 losses, this one wasn’t notably shut, regardless of a single-digit deficit to finish the evening. In truth, it was the Buckeyes’ most lopsided Big Ten defeat of the season.

Illinois benefitted from frequent Ohio State fouls and an inefficient first half from the subject for the Buckeyes, who discovered themselves trailing by double digits early in the second interval. Texas Tech switch Terrence Shannon set the tone for the Illini, however his teammates blew the lid off with a 10-0 run that put Ohio State down 17 5 minutes into the second half.

The Buckeyes reduce the deficit to single digits on a number of events thereafter, however by no means really threatened to recapture management. Illinois dominated the glass and led for greater than 34 minutes on the evening, together with the total second half.

First Half

Ohio State took a 9-5 lead into the first media timeout after a 7-0 run that featured back-to-back Brice Sensabaugh jumpers. After that, the Buckeyes missed eight straight pictures throughout a stretch by which they did not hit a subject purpose for properly over 5 minutes. Illinois took full benefit with a 9-1 run to retake a lead by means of the halfway mark of the half.

The Buckeyes solely related on six of their first 20 makes an attempt from the ground, however nonetheless solely trailed by two factors at the under-eight-minute media timeout. Two free-throw misses on the entrance finish of one-and-ones proved pricey for Ohio State, which solely watched the Illinois lead develop after that.

OHIO STATE

STAT

ILLINOIS

60

POINTS

69

22-60 (36.7%)

FGM-FGA (PCT.)

24-59 (40.7%)

4-10 (40%)

3PM-3PA (PCT.)

5-28 (17.9%)

12-20 (60.%)

FTM-FTA (PCT.)

16-18 (88.9%)

6

TURNOVERS

12

30

TOTAL REBOUNDS

44

10

OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

14

20

DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS

30

18

BENCH POINTS

9

3

BLOCKS

6

6

STEALS

4

8

ASSISTS

13

With Sensabaugh and Justice Sueing each sidelined with foul hassle, the Illini opened up an 11-point lead by the 2:28 mark. Ohio State reduce the result in six with 14 seconds to play, however Illinois scored the ultimate two factors to steer at halftime up 34-28.

Ohio State shot simply 31.3% from the subject and gave up 13 free-throw makes an attempt to the Illini, who hit 11 of them. Illinois scoring chief Terrence Shannon knocked down six of these by himself. By comparability, the Buckeyes solely shot 3-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Second Half

Illinois was already main the dance to start out the interval, but it surely took a vice grip on the contest with a 10-0 run from 17:53 to fifteen:18. Jayden Epps and Dain Dainja mixed to attain all 10 factors as the Illini opened up a 17-point lead, 48-31.

But the Buckeyes did not wilt. With Illinois up 15 at the 13:17 mark, Ohio State rattled off the subsequent seven straight factors to make it a single-digit ballgame as soon as once more. Zed Key capped off the run with an and-one layup to assist breathe life into the Buckeyes.

A bit of beneath two minutes later, although, Key dedicated his fourth foul as the Illini regained an 11-point edge with the clock ticking beneath 9 minutes. Illinois’ edge on the glass turned extra pronounced as the sport progressed, and an offensive rebound led to an Illini dunk to extend their lead at the 6:40 mark. Just 23 seconds later, Illinois slammed down one other dunk to make it a 16-point sport.

Key fouled out with 5:05 to play as Ohio State slipped out of placing distance. Trailing by 17 at the ultimate media timeout, it was too late for the Buckeyes to mount any significant comeback effort.

Sensabaugh led the Buckeyes in scoring for the eleventh straight sport, however his 14 factors have been his fewest since Dec. 8. Sueing was the solely different Buckeye to complete in double digits, scoring 13 factors off the bench.

Four Illini starters scored at the least 11 factors and Shannon led all scorers with 17 factors.

Game Notes

  • Zed Key, who left Saturday’s sport in the ultimate seconds with a knee damage, was obtainable and began the sport for the Buckeyes.

  • Justice Sueing got here off the bench for the second straight sport whereas Bruce Thornton, Sean McNeil, Isaac Likekele and Brice Sensabaugh joined Key in the beginning lineup. McNeil got here off the bench on Saturday as a result of a dental emergency.

  • Ohio State defeated Illinois, 86-83, in final 12 months’s matchup at the State Farm Center on Feb. 24, 2022.

  • Tuesday’s sport was the first time in the final six matchups in the all-time sequence by which neither Ohio State nor Illinois was ranked in the AP Top 25.

  • Illinois final beat Ohio State in an time beyond regulation matchup for the Big Ten Tournament championship on March 14, 2021.

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