Rutgers Exacts Revenge With 68-64 Overtime Win to Push Ohio State’s Losing Streak to Four Games

Make it two full weeks (and counting) since Ohio State’s final win.

In a rematch following final month’s controversial end in Columbus, Rutgers evened the season sequence with the scarlet and grey and handed the Buckeyes their fourth straight loss within the course of. It took additional time to achieve this, however the Scarlet Knights scraped by with a 68-64 win on their residence court docket Sunday.











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Neither aspect might throw a stone within the ocean early because the Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights scored simply 43 complete factors within the first 20 minutes of play. Rutgers led for simply 83 seconds of the primary half at residence, however closed the hole early within the second to start taking management. Ohio State regained the sting halfway by means of the half, however the lead repeatedly modified down the stretch.

Brice Sensabaugh tied issues up with a jumper on the 49-second mark, which proved to be the ultimate factors scored in regulation. Ohio State held a one-point lead with 1:55 to go in additional time, however Rutgers’ Clifford Omoryui and Mawot Mag hit back-to-back photographs to go up 4 factors with 38 seconds remaining.

The Scarlet Knights closed issues out from there.

Sensabaugh led the best way for the Buckeyes with 20 factors and 11 rebounds, however Ohio State had its worst capturing efficiency of the season (34.3%) and despatched Rutgers to the free-throw line 27 occasions. The Scarlet Knights knocked down 20 of them.

First Half

Both sides mixed to shoot 0-for-11 earlier than Rutgers hit the primary basket of the sport on a coast-to-coast transition rating on a steal from Caleb McConnell. The Buckeyes missed their first seven photographs in a row to begin out, however Zed Key gave Ohio State a spark with back-to-back buckets as quickly as he entered the sport off the bench.

Those 4 factors by Key kicked off a 15-0 run for Ohio State, which included three 3-pointers, and Rutgers was pressured to cease the motion lower than a minute after the under-12 media timeout. Four completely different Buckeyes scored throughout a stretch that lasted greater than 4 minutes and gave Ohio State a 15-4 lead on the 11:08 mark.

But similar to that, Rutgers responded with three straight makes to go on a 7-0 run of its personal within the subsequent 1:19. Both sides went ice chilly after that, although, as Ohio State missed 11 of its ultimate 12 photographs of the half and Rutgers hit simply two of its final 11.







23-67 (34.3%)


21-62 (33.9%)

8-21 (38.1%)

3PM-3PA (PCT.)

6-24 (25.0%)

10-12 (83.3%)


20-27 (74.1%)

























Both groups shot beneath 30% from the sector in a low-scoring opening interval that featured loads of ugly offense. Ohio State’s bench manufacturing made the distinction because it outscored Rutgers’ reserves 16-0 to assist the Buckeyes maintain onto a 23-20 lead on the intermission.

Second Half

Omoruyi picked up his third foul within the opening minutes, however that did not cease the Scarlet Knights from rattling off 5 straight factors to tie the sport, 25-all, on the 18:27 mark. Three Ohio State turnovers in a 2:13 stretch helped Rutgers take its first lead since early within the first half on the again of a 7-0 run earlier than three minutes handed within the second half.

The Scarlet Knights went greater than 4 minutes with out hitting a discipline aim by means of the center of the interval, however supplemented its scoring on the free-throw line. Nine minutes into the second half, Rutgers had already knocked down all 9 of its makes an attempt from the charity stripe. Three Buckeyes had three fouls earlier than the 11-minute mark.

After struggling to rating early, Sensabaugh bought going with 5 fast factors on back-to-back buckets to put Ohio State up six factors, 44-38, on the heels of a 9-0 run. The recreation went backwards and forwards after that as either side traded leads over the following a number of minutes.

Neither aspect managed to get any respiration room as the sport remained twisted up, 55-all, with the clock ticking beneath three minutes. But with 1:55 to go, an Omoruyi dunk put Rutgers up two and the Buckeyes known as a timeout to regroup simply 11 seconds later.

Sensabaugh tied it up within the ultimate minute, and each groups missed a ultimate shot to win the sport in regulation.


Sean McNeil (who completed with 11 factors) fouled out within the first 20 seconds of the additional interval, however upon checking afterwards, Key gave Ohio State a one-point edge on a layup. Less than a minute later, Rutgers’ Cam Spencer took the lead proper again with a two-point make of his personal.

With 1:50 to go, Sensabaugh put Ohio State again up, 61-60. But the Buckeyes gave up a layup to Omoruyi on the following possession to go forward once more. Mag nailed a 3-pointer the following time down and gave the Scarlet Knights a 65-61 edge with 38 seconds to go.

Rutgers knocked down free throws the remainder of the best way to put a stamp on it.

Spencer completed with a game-high 21 factors, Mag added 15 and Omoruyi poured in 14 of his personal regardless of the Scarlet Knights capturing simply 33.9% from the ground for the sport.

Game Notes

  • Ohio State beat Rutgers, 67-66, on a game-winning buzzer-beater three by Tanner Holden when the groups final met on Dec. 8. However, the Big Ten issued a press release the following day to say the officiating crew missed a name that will have nullified Holden’s game-winner.

  • The Buckeyes employed a brand new beginning lineup in opposition to the Scarlet Knights with Bruce Thornton, Sean McNeil, Isaac Likekele, Justice Sueing and Felix Okpara getting the nod.

  • Brice Sensabaugh got here off the bench for the primary time since Dec. 3, and Likekele made his first begin since that Dec. 3 contests.

  • Okpara made the second begin of his freshman season as Zed Key got here off the bench for the second straight recreation since coming back from a shoulder harm.

  • Ohio State misplaced its final matchup on the Rutgers Athletic Center in a 66-64 loss in New Jersey final season.

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