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Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2003 5:23 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(16) Illinois 76, Ohio St 57
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CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- Brian Cook scored 22 points and Roger Powell came off the bench to add 14 as No. 16 Illinois snapped a three-game losing streak against Big Ten Conference rival Ohio State with a 76-57 rout at Assembly Hall.

Freshman Deron Williams contributed 12 points and Luther Head had 11 and seven rebounds as the Fighting Illini (16-4, 6-3 Big Ten) won for the 15th time in their last 20 meetings with the Buckeyes.

Illinois made a season-high 12 3-pointer en route to its 14th straight home victory and fourth win in a row overall. It shot 50 percent from the field (26-of-52), including 12-of-28 from long range.

The Fighting Illini raced to a 17-1 lead and were never threatened against the shorthanded Buckeyes.

Brent Darby scored 20 points but Ohio State (11-10, 4-6) failed to notch its third straight victory. The Buckeyes were without two of their top four leading scorers as Sean Connolly and Velimir Radinovic stayed home with injuries.

Connolly has a wrist injury while Radinovic missed his second game in a row with a dislocated little finger on his left hand.

The Fighting Illini charged out of the gate, establishing the 17-1 lead within the first seven minutes and scoring 30 of the game's first 36 points.

Williams' 3-pointer gave Illinois a 40-12 bulge with 5:12 left in the first half. The Illini took a 49-22 lead heading into halftime.

Ohio State made a late charge as Darby scored seven points in a 14-0 run to cut the deficit to 62-46 with 7:58 left. But the Buckeyes were able to get their deficit under double digits.

Emonte Jernigan scored 13 points, but shot just 5-of-13 from the field for Ohio State, which shot 31 percent (19-of-61), including 6-of-21 (28 percent) from 3-point range. Zach Williams chipped in 10 points.


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