MBB: Wednesday Night Recap

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D.J. Richardson scored 20 points and Illinois staved off a Penn State rally from a double-digit deficit in a 77-67 win Wednesday night to snap the Illini's three-game losing streak.

Down 10 early, the Nittany Lions took a 46-42 lead with 15:06 left after David Jackson's layup capped a 12-0 run. Jackson finished with 13 points, while Talor Battle had a team-high 20.

But a nearly five-minute Penn State scoring drought gave Illinois (13-8, 5-3 Big Ten) another opening. Despite some choppy play, Mike Davis' jumper and Dominique Keller's buzzer-beating fall-away gave the Illini a 59-53 lead with 4:03 left.

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#20/24 OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 65-57
David Lighty scored 20 points, including 18 in the second half, and Ohio State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) rallied past pesky Iowa 65-57 on Wednesday night for its fourth straight Big Ten win.

Evan Turner added 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Buckeyes (15-6, 5-3), who closed the game with a 20-7 run and won on the road for only the second time this season.

Ohio State took its first lead of the second half with 2:46 left, jumping ahead 52-50 on a runner by Lighty. Turner, who also had just two points in the first half, then got a steal and an easy dunk to put the Buckeyes ahead 55-50. Turner's layup through traffic made it 57-50 with 1:04 left.

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