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Ohio 67, Illinois St. 65

NORMAL, Ill. -- D. J. Cooper scored 29 points, including the winning basket with 31 seconds remaining, as Ohio defeated Illinois State 67-65 Wednesday night.

Cooper, a guard, also had eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Bobcats (5-3). His backcourt mate, Nick Kellogg, had 19 points. They combined to make eight of Ohio's nine 3-pointers in the contest with Kellogg going 5-for-7 from behind the arc.

Illinois State outrebounded Ohio 44-31. The Bobcats never led by more than three points in the game.

Tony Lewis had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Redbirds (6-3). Jackie Carmichael led Illinois State with 16 points.

Lewis made a pair of free throws with 1:26 to play, tying the game for the 10th and final time. The Redbirds took two 3-point shots in the final 11 seconds but missed both.