Ross, Smith help No. 17 OSU end 4-game skid (The Associated Press)

View gallery Illinois Joseph Bertrand, right, tries to get around Ohio State’s Shannon Scott during the first … View gallery Illinois Tracy Abrams, left, goes up for a shot against Ohio State’s Aaron Craft during the firs … View gallery Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, center, and teammate Lenzelle Smith Jr., right, work for a loose ball  … COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16 – including a critical 3-pointer in the waning moments – to help No. 17 Ohio State end a four-game skid with a 62-55 win over Illinois on Thursday night.Aaron Craft added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten), who had lost four in a row for the first time since 2007-08.Joseph Bertrand had 19 points, Jon Ekey 11 and Nnanna Egwu 10 for the Illini (13-7, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight. They haven’t won since Jan. 4 and play three of their next four games against ranked opponents.Rayvonte Rice, averaging 17.4 points a game, was 0 for 8 from the field and went scoreless. The Illini have lost their last six Big Ten road games and fell to 1-4 against ranked teams this season.Sports & RecreationBasketball

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