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Craft scores 17, No. 10 OSU holds off Ohio, 79-69

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Craft scores 17, No. 10 OSU holds off Ohio, 79-69
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Ohio State's Aaron Craft (4) goes up for a shot in front of Ohio's Travis Wilkins during the second half …

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Aaron Craft scored 17 points - including eight free throws down the stretch - to help No. 10 Ohio State hold off neighboring rival Ohio 79-69 on Tuesday night.

Amir Williams had a career-high 14 points, reserve Sam Thompson had 12 and LaQuinton Ross added 10 for the Buckeyes (2-0).

Ohio State built a 12-point halftime lead and never trailed in a game with little continuity due to the constant whistles calling the new contact rules. Ohio State was 37 of 50 at the line.

Stevie Taylor and Nick Kellogg each had 21 points for Ohio (1-1), down by as many as 17 before cutting the gap to five points with 4 minutes left.

The teams, just 75 miles apart, hadn't met on the court in 19 years.

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