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Smith, Illinois knock off Ohio State

Feb 1, 2008 - 6:01 AM CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (Ticker) -- Jenna Smith had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Lori Bjork added 16 points as Illinois held on for a 68-64 victory over No. 17 Ohio State in Big Ten Conference action on Thursday.

The Fighting Illini (12-9, 4-6 Big Ten) jumped out to an 8-0 lead and led by as many as 14 in the first half before the Buckeyes cut the deficit to 35-34 at the break.

The contest was close throughout the second half but Bjork's 3-pointer with 5:54 left in the game gave Illinois the lead for good at 57-54. Marscilla Packer made a shot from the arc to pull Ohio State within 66-64 with 27 seconds to play but Bjork made two free throws to seal the victory.

Jantel Lavender had 19 points and eight rebounds and Packer finished with 17 for the Buckeyes (16-5, 7-3), who have lost two of three after a six-game winning streak.