7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2011
Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For a half, David Lighty was almost invisible.Then he it was as if he was invincible, refusing to let Ohio State (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 2 AP) falter again.Lighty scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and William Buford had all 17 of his in the first to lead the Buckeyes to a big bounce-back win after two recent losses, beating Illinois 89-70 on Tuesday night."I've said since the beginning: I love him," Illini coach Bruce Weber said of Lighty, only the third-leading scorer for the Buckeyes. "I think he's the MVP. He probably won't get it because people aren't smart enough. But he's their heart and soul."
• Ohio State used a 14-2 run to end the first half and never looked back as the Buckeyes won their fifth straight -- and 10th of last 12 -- against Illinois.
• Five players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes, including a game-high 21 points from David Lighty and 12 points from Jared Sullinger.
• Sullinger is just three points shy of passing Greg Oden for the third-most points scored by a freshmen in Ohio State history.
• Illinois has lost eight of its last 12 games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||28-54 (.519)||35-66 (.530)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-21 (.524)||7-15 (.467)|
|FT Made-Attempted||3-3 (1.000)||12-15 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||9 (0/0)|
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Ohio State had just 3 turnovers on Tuesday against Illinois, the fewest its had in the last 15 seasons. It's the 13th time this season that a team has had 3 turnovers or fewer in a game and the 9th different team to do so (wisconsin's done it 4 times)
ESPN Stats & Information