11 minute scoring drought dooms Illini in loss to Ohio State

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Penn State's Mark Hall, top, wrestles Ohio State's Bo Jordan at 174 pounds Saturday at Penn State's Rec Hall. Penn State's victory keeps it dual meet win streak alive at 43 and clinches a share of its fifth Big Ten dual crown under head coach Cael Sanderson. The Buckeyes have seven games left, and they will face Purdue in a highly anticipated showdown on Wednesday night in West Lafayette, Ind., the only meeting of the season between the two.

IL played about as good as it can the first 10 minutes of the game, opening a 30-15 lead by forcing Ohio State into turnovers and by hitting shots.

"They are clearly a team that can reach a Final Four and win a national championship", Holtmann said.

Ohio State is 19-5 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten going into the IL game.

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After an offensive lull, the Fighting Illini have picked it up over the last three games, with at least 73 in each one. Outside the one hiccup, OSU has dominated the rest of the Big Ten, including a 16-point win over then-No. The Buckeyes held on for a 75-67 win. "I never want to take that for granted, so to have a little bit of a hiccup with a guy who's really been a big part of it - he's been an important part of it - I think is frustrating and disappointing. They have very few weaknesses that you can identify".

IL led 63-60 with just more than five minutes to go in the game, but Bates-Diop started a 10-0 run by making a 3-pointer, and OSU did not trail again. But we have to finish.

"It should be a pretty big hostile environment, so we'll be prepared for anything".

Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points to help OSU beat IL, but Holtmann said everyone on the roster will have to help make up for Williams.

"It's a defensive system unlike anything you've maybe ever seen", Holtmann said. "They are just built and put together that well, and they play that well together. Illinois' defense is incredible in terms of how much they can take you out of stuff". The nation's top two teams each won five bouts, but the Nittany Lions' three bonus point wins carried them all the way back from an early 10-0 deficit in front of the largest Rec Hall crowd of the season. He attacked Tomasello with aggressive shots and took an 8-7 lead after a first period that saw him score three takedowns.

By the time Trent Frazier broke the drought with a 3-pointer in the second half, 11 minutes and 30 seconds had passed between IL points. He has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games.