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Dosunmu’s Return Powers Illinois Over Ohio State In Regular Season Finale

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Ayo Dosunmu, wearing a face mask to protect a broken nose, shoots for a basket during Illinois 73-68 win over Ohio State Saturday at Columbus, OH.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu returned after missing three games with a concussion and facial injuries to help lead No. 4 Illinois, as the men’s basketball team rallied late to beat No. 7 Ohio State 73-68, Saturday at Value City Arena in Columbus.

Dosunmu, protecting a broken nose with a face mask suitable for a costumed crime fighter, scored 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. The 6’5″ point guard produced the last five points of the game, breaking a 68-68 tie in the final minute.

Andre Curbelo also had 19 points, plus five rebounds and six assists, as Illinois got its second straight road win over a top 10 team after routing No. 2 Michigan on Tuesday. Kofi Cockburn scored 12 points and six rebounds.

The Illini have won 11 of their last 12 games, and finish the regular season with a record of 20-6 overall and 16-4 in Big Ten Conference play. They enter next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis with a double-bye.

E,J. Liddell led the Buckeyes with 19 points, and Duane Washington Jr. and Justice Sueing each had 15.

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