Ohio State Men’s Basketball streak at 4 after 68-64 OT loss at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Brice Sensabaugh scored 20 points while Zed Key and Sean McNeil added 11 points a piece, but Rutgers was able to outlast Ohio State in the final minutes of overtime to take a 68-64 victory on Sunday afternoon.

The Buckeyes are 10-7 overall on the season and 2-4 in Big Ten play.

Sensabaugh notched his second consecutive double-double as he pulled-down a season-high 11 rebounds to go along with his 20 points. Key added nine rebounds to his 11 points and McNeil knocked-down three triples for the fourth time this season.

Justice Sueing and Tanner Holden each added seven points.

Both teams shot 34 percent for the game as the defense was stout and physical on both ends of the floor all afternoon. The difference in the game came at the foul line as Rutgers made more than twice as many free throws as the Buckeyes, going 20-of-27 from the stripe compared to 10-of-12 for Ohio State.

After not scoring for over five minutes, the Buckeyes went on a 15-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to build an early 15-4 lead. That pace settled as both teams shot under 30 percent in the opening half as the Buckeyes led 23-20 at the break.

Sensabaugh gave the Buckeyes a 44-38 lead with just under 11 minutes to play after five quick points. Rutgers answered with a 7-0 run and the rest of regulation was played within a two-point margin. Sensabaugh made a big jumper with 49 seconds to play to tie the game at 57-57 and his three-point attempt in the wanning seconds of regulation bounced off the rim.

In overtime, the Buckeyes had a couple of unfortunate misses as Key had a hook shot rattle around the rim and Likekele had a reverse lay-up spin out after being halfway down. On the ensuing possession, with Rutgers up by one, Mowat Mag made a three-pointer from the corner as the shot clock expired to give Rutgers a 65-61 lead with 38 seconds to play. That shot would turn out to be the game-sealing shot.

Up Next

The Buckeyes are in the middle of three games and seven days this week and will head to Lincoln this Wednesday to take on Nebraska. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET on BTN. This will be the lone meeting between the teams this season.