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Ohio State 79, Rutgers 68

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Duane Washington Jr. scored 17 points and Ohio State closed the first half with a big run to beat No. 15 Rutgers 79-68.

The Buckeyes (9-3, 3-3 Big Ten) used a 22-4 burst to take a 42-30 lead at halftime in sending Rutgers (7-4, 3-4) to its third straight loss.

Ohio State started the second half strong, too, expanding its lead to 52-32 with 15:56 left.

Rutgers trailed by 22 before making a late rally. Paul Mulcahy stole the ball from Jimmy Sotos, leading to a fast-break dunk that capped a 14-2 surge that made it 67-57 with 3:50 to play.

Sotos appeared to injure his shoulder on the play and was taken to the locker room. The Buckeyes were already missing senior C.J. Walker, who is out with a thumb injury.

The Scarlet Knights got no closer than eight points down the stretch,

The Buckeyes shot 51%, including 42% from 3-point range. Washington was 4 for 8 on 3s.

E.J. Liddell had 15 points for Ohio State, Kyle Young had 13 and Justice Sueing had 12 points 10 rebounds and five assists.

Jacob Young scored 19 points and Caleb McConnell 12 for Rutgers.


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Associated Press


January 9, 2021


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