CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 13 points, but No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday.
Nnanna Egwu had a career-high 14 rebounds but fouled out late.
Aaron Craft scored 14 points. He picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes' best option on a tough offensive night for each team.
LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed 23-20 at halftime.
Illinois (14-12, 3-10) scored just nine points over the first 15:35 minutes of the second half.