Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points, Aaron Craft filled the box score as he normally does and the Ohio State Buckeyes earned their 13th Big Ten victory in Columbus in a 68-55 win against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
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Craft added 14 points, six assists and three steals for Thad Matta's squad, which moved to 13-5 in conference play, a half-game behind Indiana for the Big Ten lead.
After a slow start to the game for both teams, OSU began to pull away with six minutes to play in the first half, ending the opening stanza on a 10-2 run. Leading 33-24 heading into the locker room, the Buckeyes led by as many as 12 points a couple of times as the Fighting Illini couldn't cut the lead below seven over the course of the second half.
Against the Buckeyes' defense, Illinois only recorded six total assists, and OSU's attacking offense on the other end resulting in 25 free-throw attempts, a sign of Matta's team being constantly on the attack.