Rutgers-Ohio State Postgame Notes

March 8, 2017

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  • The 66-57 win for Rutgers is the first victory for the Scarlet Knights at the Big Ten Tournament in their third-ever appearance.
  • Tonight’s result marked the first win for a No. 14 seed at the Big Ten Tournament. As a No. 14 seed, Rutgers is the lowest-seeded team to ever win a game at the tournament.
  • Rutgers has now won two in a row after losing its previous six games. It is the first two-game win streak for the Scarlet Knights against Big Ten opponents since they joined the conference in 2014.
  • Junior guard Nigel Johnson scored 21 points tonight against the Buckeyes. It is Johnson’s fourth 20-point game of the season and the 20th time this season he has scored in double figures.
  • Johnson’s 21 points are the most by a Rutgers player at the Big Ten Tournament. The previous high belonged to Kadeem Jack who scored 18 points against No. 11 seed Minnesota in 2015.
  • Johnson went 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the win over Ohio State. The eight made free throws are a career high for the Rutgers junior.
  • Rutgers held Ohio State without a field goal for the last 5:43 of the game and held the Buckeyes to just 5-of-21 shooting (23.8%) in the second half.
  • The Rutgers bench outscored Ohio State 32-8.
  • Senior C.J. Gettys tied a season-high with nine rebounds. He has grabbed nine boards in four games this season.
  • Junior Mike Williams fell just one rebound short of a season-high with nine rebounds.


  • With 11th-seeded Ohio State’s loss to 14th-seeded Rutgers, the Buckeyes lost for only the third time in 23 games as the higher-seeded team in Big Ten Tournament action.
  • Ohio State’s five starters outscored its bench players by a count of 49 to 7.
  • Junior center Trevor Thompson grabbed 11 rebounds tonight, his 12th game this season of 10 or more rebounds.
  • Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points vs. Rutgers, just four shy of his career high of 22 (on two occasions, last at Rutgers on 2/13/16). He made six of his eight shots from the field.
  • Ohio State has an all-time record of 26-13 in Big Ten Tournament games, one fewer victory than Michigan State and Illinois.