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Ross, Smith help No. 17 Ohio State end four-game losing streak

College Basketball

COLUMBUS, Ohio — All Lenzelle Smith Jr. wanted was to see his teammates happy for a change.
They hadn’t been for the past 19 days.
LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Smith had 16 — and each added critical points down the stretch — to help No. 17 Ohio State end a four-game skid with a 62-55 win over Illinois on Thursday night.
“You want to see your team smile as much as possible,” said Smith, a senior. “I can tell you that prior to this game there were no smiles, there was no laughter. Guys were kind of in their shells ...


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