March 8, 2017
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.