Ayo scores 22, but #14 Illini fall to 21st ranked Ohio State

By Larry Smith/IlliniGuys.com

Sophomore E.J. Liddell poured in a career-high 26 points in his 1st visit to State Farm Center as 21st ranked Ohio State upset #14 Illinois, 87-81.

The Illini (9-5, 5-3) made a furious comeback late in the game, but came up short.

The Buckeyes (10-4, 5-3) simply outshot and out-toughed the Illini in the 1st half, going on a 15-0 run to break a 15-15 tie. Liddell went on an 8-0 run of his own during that stretch. Ohio State, playing without its top . . .

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