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Paul’s 43 Leads Illini Past Ohio State, 79-74

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Meyers Leonard #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini dunks during first half action against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall on January 10, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Meyers Leonard #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini dunks during first half action against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall on January 10, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Paul scored a career-high 43 points including, a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, to help Illinois upset No. 5 Ohio State 79-74 on Tuesday night.

The Illini (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) led 71-70 when Paul sank his 3-pointer with 43 seconds to play. He followed that up with four free throws that put the game out of reach.

Ohio State (15-3, 3-2) led 39-34 at halftime and was up 64-61 with just over five minutes to play.

Paul’s 43 points was the third-highest scoring performance in Illini history.

Meyers Leonard added 14 for Illinois.

Deshaun Thomas scored 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 21 for Ohio State.

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