COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team picked up a 72-66 win over Rutgers Wednesday night at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 16-8 on the year, 6-7 in the Big Ten, while the Scarlet Knights drop to 17-8 overall, 8-6 in conference play.
The Buckeyes host Purdue at noon Saturday in a sold-out contest at Value City Arena.
Andre Wesson notched his second-career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 16 points and Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. each poured in 10. Jacob Young scored 17 points for the Scarlet Knights while Geo Baker added 13 and Paul Mulcahy chipped in with 12.
Montez Mathis opened the game with a 3-pointer for the Scarlet Knights but the Buckeyes scored the next eight on triples from Andre and Kaleb Wesson and a pair of free throws from Muhammad. Ohio State continued its hot shooting in the opening half, pushing the lead to 31-16 on an Andre Wesson layup with 5:40 left in the half. A Young layup trimmed the deficit to 39-30 with 1:05 left to play but Andre Wesson responded with another 3-pointer and Justin Ahrens closed the half with his third 3-ball of the opening 20 minutes as the Buckeyes took a 45-30 advantage into the break.
Andre Wesson paced the Buckeyes, who connected on seven 3-pointers in the opening half, with 12 points and seven boards while Kaleb Wesson and Ahrens each scored nine. Mulcahy led the Scarlet Knights with 10.
Ohio State pushed its lead to a game-high 20 after an E.J. Liddell layup made it 55-35 with 13:05 left to play. The Buckeye advantage was 61-44 after a Kaleb Wesson 3-pointer with 7:36 remaining but the Scarlet Knights battled all the way back, making it a 69-66 contest on a deep 3-pointer by Baker with 27 seconds left to play. On the ensuing possession, Andre Wesson was fouled and made one of two free throws before another Baker three missed and CJ Walker iced it with a pair of free throws.
For the game, Ohio State held a narrow 32-28 advantage on the boards and the Buckeyes connected on 10 3-pointers, the ninth game this season making double-digit attempts from deep.