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It would be easy to say that No. 2 Ohio State defeated Richard Sherman Jersey Ebay Illinois 8970 Tuesday night at
Value City Arena because of senior guard David Lighty, who poured in 17 of his
21 points in the second half and came up with six steals.

But Lighty and the rest of the Buckeyes (262, 132) showed resilience and
accountability after their worst performance of the season, a 7663 loss at
Purdue Sunday.

Against Purdue, Lighty hit 2 of 9 from the field and 5 of 10 from the free
throw line. Against Illinois, he hit 8 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 at the
line. In 39 minutes, he also contributed four rebounds and two assists.

He wasn't the only one who bounced back. Junior guard William Buford, held to
seven points by Purdue, scored 17 against Illinois, all in the first half.
Senior guard Jon Diebler drove more to the basket to find open shots and added
13 points against the Illini. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft notched 12 points
and six assists. Star freshman Jared Sullinger was most valuable on the boards,
with 11 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

The most stunning turnaround came in the turnover department as OSU lost only
three, as compared to 18 Sunday.

Asked about shaking off Sunday's loss, OSU coach Thad Matta said, "It's such
a long season that if you dwell on one game in this league you'll tank. I give
them credit for bouncing back because tonight was a big game for us.

"We talked about getting the quick turnaround. I said we couldn't be tired
because we had a great challenge tonight. We knew Illinois was going to come in
and give us a good game. During timeouts I emphasized keeping the intensity
up.''

Illinois coach Bruce Webber http://www.seahawksonlineproshop.com/Black+Richard+Sherman+Jersey
raved about Lighty.

"I think he's the MVP, but probably won't get it,'' Webber said. "He's their
heart and soul. Nothing against Jared Sullinger, he's tremendous, but Lighty is
their heart and soul Nike Richard Sherman Jersey and he's the reason they
win.''

Webber said the Illini (1711, 78) don't have a player like Lighty.

"If you have a David Lighty, a heart and soul that comes everyday that does
what you need, we don't have that toughness and leadership,'' Webber said.

Lighty said he stayed aggressive even though his shots weren't falling in the
first half.

"I think they went to a triangleandtwo style defense to chase Jon around, and
just Richard Sherman Jersey started leaving me and Craft open,''
Lighty said.

Matta said of Lighty, "I don't think he's gotten half the credit he
deserves.''

Diebler said using him more aggressively made a difference for the
Buckeyes.

"How teams are starting to guard me, it leaves a lot of open room for me to
drive and when I do that it opens up shots for the other guys,'' he said.

Diebler said OSU wasn't shaken by losing two of its last three, both on the
road.

''The most important thing is that we protect home court,'' Diebler said.
"Losing two games isn't the end of the world. But in order to win the Big Ten
you have to take care of your home court.''

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