Ohio State erases 16-point deficit in upset of No. 11 Rutgers as Scarlet Knights collapse in second half
Ohio State basketball pulled out a huge upset Wednesday evening as they took down No. 11 Rutgers.
The Buckeyes were trailing by 10 at the half and as many as 16 in the second half before rallying back to win the game 80-68. They outscored the Scarlet Knights by a 52-30 margin in that second half.
OSU had three players in double figures for the game with two of them scoring 20+ points. Duane Washingtion Jr. again led the Buckeyes in scoring as he had 22 points with six rebounds and three assists.
EJ Liddell was the other player to score over 20 points as he had 21 with six rebounds and three assists. Finally, the last player to score in double figures was Kyle Young. He finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds which was good for a double-double.
Rutgers struggled in the second half, particularly once big man Myles Johnson fouled out. Though he only had two points in the loss, the absence of Johnson allowed Ohio State to go on a big scoring run that never slowed down.
This win pushes OSU to 7-1 on the season while the loss drops Rutgers to 6-1. It is the first loss for the Scarlet Knights this season after jumping eight spots on the AP Poll after knocking off Illinois.
Next up for the Buckeyes is a date with Northwestern this Saturday while Rutgers will play Purdue next Tuesday.