Big Ten Conference

Rutgers stuns No. 16 Ohio State, first major win for Pikiell


Montez Mathis hit two contested layups and Geo Baker nailed a jumper with 10.3 seconds to play as the scrappy Scarlet Knights posted their biggest conference win under coach Steve Pikiell, a 64-61 decision over No.


Rutgers (8-6, 1-3) blew a 10-point second-half lead, fell behind by three and scored the final six points to hand the Buckeyes (12-3, 2-2) their second straight loss.


They also did it with leading scorer Eugene Omoruyi sidelined for most of the game after hurting his left leg after seven minutes.


"We got through a ton of obstacles today," said Pikiell, whose team won six conference games in his first two seasons in posting two last-place finishes.


Kaleb Wesson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half for Ohio State, which had used a 16-3 run to take a 61-58 lead.


Luther Muhammad gave Ohio State a 59-58 advantage with a driving basket, and then Jackson hit a layup with 2:37 to go.






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