March 8, 2017

Ohio State Falls to Rutgers in Big Ten Tournament Opener

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March 08, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) Plagued all season by the inability to close out games, 14th-seeded Rutgers overcame a rough shooting performance to beat 11th-seeded Ohio State 66-57 Wednesday night in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Nigel Johnson scored 21 points on 5 of 11 shooting and made all eight free throws to lead the Scarlet Knights (15-17), who have now won back-to-back games after a six-game skid.

Rutgers outrebounded Ohio State 47-31 to overcome its shooting woes.

Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points while C.J. Jackson added 12 points and six assists for 11th-seed Ohio State (17-15). The Buckeyes did not make a field goal in the final 5:43.

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