COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a rough month of January, the Ohio State men’s basketball team started out February strong with a 76-62 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Ohio State started out sluggish as they trailed Rutgers, 6-4 at the first media timeout and only shooting 2-of-6 from the field, but the Buckeyes quickly turned things around with an 11-0 run fueled by 12 points from Kaleb Wesson to jump out to a 15-8 lead with 12:15 left in the first half.
The Buckeyes managed to build up a 35-23 lead with 2:29 left in the first half, but the Scarlet Knights ended up cutting their deficit to single digits by halftime as Ohio State took a 37-29 lead into the half.
C.J. Jackson came alive in the second half for the Buckeyes as Ohio State ended up running away down the stretch with a 76-62 victory.
Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson had an incredible first-half performance as he had 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting heading into halftime. Wesson finished the day with 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting while also grabbing four rebounds and dishing five assists.
Senior guard C.J. Jackson also had a stellar shooting performance as he scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range. Jackson also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists.
Luther Muhammad and Keyshawn Woods also scored in double digits as Muhammad finished with 12 points and Woods finished with 11 points.
Honoring Past Leadership
At halftime of Saturday’s game between Ohio State and Rutgers, former Buckeye basketball captains dating back to 1953 were honored at Value City Arena.
Among those honored was current Ohio State assistant Scoonie Penn, who was a team captain for 1999 to 2000.
Also among the captains honored were Buckeye legends Michael Redd, Terrence Dials and James Sullinger.
With the victory, Ohio State moves to 14-7 on the season and 4-6 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes still have a long road to get back to the NCAA Tournament as after starting the season with an impressive 12-1 record, the Buckeyes went 1-6 in the month of January and are now trying to right the ship.
The Buckeyes will be back in action next week as they take on Penn State at home. Ohio State went 0-3 against the Nittany Lions last season, losing both regular season matchups and then another loss in their opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Tip-off between Ohio State and Penn State is scheduled for Thursday, February 7th at 7:00pm ET and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
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