NCAAB Game Recap - Rutgers at Ohio State
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Kansas
58
WVU
49
F
Lou
58
GaTec
64
F
Crei
87
Seton
82
F
Alab
91
Aub
95
F(OT)
Marq
71
Vill
72
F
Xav
61
Butl
66
F
Hou
62
SoFL
58
F
SCar
75
UGA
59
F
(N/A)
55
Tows
71
F
UConn
75
SMU
79
F
Mercer
70
Woff
68
F
BC
58
Mia-FL
85
F
LoyIL
73
Evans
66
F
Maine
63
UMassL
71
F
Stony
75
Bingha
70
F
UNH
50
Vermt
74
F
GMas
72
VACom
67
F
VMI
67
Chat
86
F
Rut
66
OhSt
72
F
Canis
66
Niag
69
F
WCU
62
UNCG
82
F
Buck
59
Navy
60
F
HolyC
82
Leh
89
F
Rich
74
LaSal
47
F
Albany
60
Hartfo
66
F
Citad
67
ETSU
91
F
Lafy
48
Army
65
F
LoyMD
76
Amer
81
F
Furm
86
Samf
71
F
InWor
60
NWSt
70
F
ECU
56
Tuls
70
F
Temp
72
Tul
68
F
W IL
72
SDak
85
F
NOrl
68
CenAR
73
F
SFA
75
TXAMC
67
F
SIU
38
Valpa
55
F
Drake
62
MOSt
97
F
SamH
79
SeLA
70
F
NebOm
78
Oral
81
F(OT)
IlSt
63
NrthIA
71
F
Lamar
65
Nich
69
F
IndSt
61
Brad
72
F
MidTN
72
UAB
83
F
Fla
78
TexAM
61
F
Prov
69
StJon
80
F
Clem
72
Pitt
52
F
IaSt
61
Okla
90
F
Mich
79
NW
54
F
HBU
67
AbCh
81
F
UCIrv
63
UCRiv
59
F
Fres
84
SJSU
78
F(OT)
Nev
82
UNLV
79
F(OT)
LongB
50
HI
49
F

Feb 12, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Rutgers (17-8)

30

36

66

Ohio State (16-8)

45

27

72

Wesson brothers lift Ohio State over Rutgers 72-66
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:56 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Rutgers and Ohio State are prime examples of how difficult it is on win on the road in the Big Ten this year.

Rutgers, 1-4 on the road in conference games coming into the Wednesday night contest against Ohio State, climbed back from a 20-point deficit early in the second half but faltered down the stretch and fell to the Buckeyes 72-66.

Ohio State (16-7, 6-7 Big Ten) has been a different team at Value City but nearly let it get away late.

"They're not going to look pretty, but a win is a win in the (Big) 10," said Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson, who had 16 points, while his older brother Andre added 13 to go along with 10 rebounds.

Ohio State led by 15 at the half and went up by 20 on an E.J. Liddell basket with 13:05 left in the game. The Scarlet Knights chipped away, with Geo Baker hitting a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to get them within 3 points. But they ran out of time, with Andre Wesson hitting a foul shot and then CJ Walker hitting a pair with 12 seconds left to put it away.

Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. each added 10 points as the Buckeyes, who were ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP poll before tanking last month, bounced back from a loss at Wisconsin on Sunday and has now won three of the last four.

Jacob Young had 17 and Baker 13 for Rutgers (17-8, 8-6), which is having its best season in years under coach Steve Pikiell but, like Ohio State, has been inconsistent and taken its lumps on the road. The team's top three scorers came off the bench in this one.

"I thought Ohio State was the more physical basketball team," Pikiell said. "You can't spot a team that's well-coached and has good players 15 points at halftime. So we got down 20, we fought back there good. Give them a lot of credit. You have to play 40 minutes in this league."

Ohio State led 45-30 at the intermission on the strength of a couple of late 3-pointers, from Andre Wesson and Justin Ahrens, who was 3 for 4 from beyond the arc in the half coming off the bench.

"Sometimes you've got to survive games like this," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. "You've got to make just enough plays, and we did that. And it's a credit to the guys."

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: Struggling on the road like most of the rest of the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights got in a hole early and couldn't quite catch up despite the surge at the end. The Scarlet Knights shot 48.1% in the second half and 45.8% for the game.

Ohio State: A strange season, indeed. The Buckeyes bounced back big from a listless loss to Wisconsin on Sunday. They let Rutgers climb back in but held on.

"I think the biggest thing is trying to put a full 40 minutes together," Kaleb Wesson said. "I think the first 25 minutes we were competing, playing hard, sharing the ball and it kind of got away from that a little bit."

CONSISTENT PERFORMERS

Kaleb Wesson went 3 for 3 from 3-point range and has scored in double figures in 21 of the last 24 games. Andre Wesson, the team's lone senior, got his first double-double of the season. His 10 rebounds against Rutgers tied a career high.

MOVING ON

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said he's not terribly concerned with his team allowing Rutgers to come back from a big deficit.

"I don't even look at it like that," he said. "It's too hard to win in this league."

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Hosts No. 22 Illinois on Saturday.

Ohio State: Hosts Purdue on Saturday.

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Leaders

Rutgers PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Carter 0 0 0 2 0 0
C. McConnell 0 0 0 4 0 0
Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Wesson 16 0 1 5 0 1
A. Wesson 13 0 0 10 1 0

Team Comparison

Rut OhSt
Points For 66 72
Field Goals 22/48-46% 22/51-43%
Three Pointers 9/21-43% 10/26-38%
Free Throws 13/18-72% 18/21-86%
Offensive Rebounds 5 8
Defensive Rebounds 23 24
Rebounds 28 34
Blocks 2 2
Steals 4 4
Turnovers 12 11
Personal Fouls 20 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - OhSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 12 Rut 66 @ OhSt 72 M. Johnson 2 K. Young 4

Game Information

Stadium: Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 15,552
Game Time: