No. 15 Ohio St. 64, Illinois 61
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd scored 15 points apiece as No. 15 Ohio State survived a wild finish to defeat Illinois 64-61 Saturday.
Redd hit one of two free throws with 29 seconds left to give Ohio State a 62-61 lead, and Brian Brown made two foul shots with five seconds to go to seal the win for the Buckeyes (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten).
Illinois’ Cory Bradford hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left that would have tied the game, but the referee ruled Bradford was fouled before making the shot, and he missed both free throws.
Bradford scored a career-high 29 points for Illinois (9-12, 1-8) including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
Illinois hit three 3-pointers in a row, including two straight by Bradford, to go up 50-43. But Redd hit two free throws, Ken Johnson sank a jumper, and Neshaun Coleman made a 3-pointer to pull Ohio State within two.
Ohio State took its first lead since the early minutes of the game when Penn made two free throws to make it 56-54, and Coleman hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 left to make it 60-58.
Lucas Johnson made two free throws to tie the game at 61, but Redd made a foul shot to put Ohio State back up by one.
After Illinois missed a pair of shots, Ohio State got the rebound and Bradford fouled Brown on a breakaway, leading to the clinching free throws.
Jason Singleton, Johnson and Coleman scored 10 points apiece for the Buckeyes, who won on the road for only the second time this season.
Cleotis Brown was the only other Illinois player in double figures with 15 points.
The Buckeyes, who were shooting 58 percent from the field this season, hit only 27 percent in the first half, including 1-of-6 on 3-pointers.
Bradford’s third 3-pointer of the half came during a 7-0 run that gave Illinois a 28-20 lead.