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Illinois knocks off Ohio State in battle of ranked Big Ten schools

4:41 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
Illinois Fighting Illini guard Brandon Paul (3) makes a three pointer over Ohio State Buckeyes forward Sam Thompson (12) during the second half at Assembly Hall. Illinois defeated Ohio State 74-55. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
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Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Brandon Paul had 19 points and seven rebounds, leading 11th-ranked Illinois in a 74-55 romp of No. 8 Ohio State at Assembly Hall.

Nnanna Egwu totaled a career-high 16 points and eight boards for the Fighting Illini (14-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who rebounded from Wednesday's conference-opening loss at Purdue with a dominating performance. Tracy Abrams filled the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Deshaun Thomas scored 24 points for Ohio State (11-3, 1-1), which was limited to 33.3 percent shooting.


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