COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tanner Holden scored 3 points as time expired to give No. 25 Ohio State a 67-66 win over Rutgers on Thursday night.
Rutgers’ Clifford Omoruyi blocked Brice Sensbaugh’s shot with nine seconds left, and the Scarlet Knights were leading with three seconds to go.
Bruce Thornton made a pair of free throws to fire the Buckeyes in one with five seconds left, and Caleb McConnell then made one of two for Rutgers.
On the play beating the buzzer, Holden – whose game-winning shot was his only field goal of the game – dodged midfield and out of bounds before returning to the court. Thornton ran up the sideline before looking to pass.
Holden picked up an assist from Thornton after recovering in bounds and the officials scored the basket.
“I think I could have seen it pass,” Holden said. “I think I heard more from the crowd, so I think that reassurance helped me.”
Pikiell said he wasn’t sure Ohio State was out of bounds in the final game.
“I thought we executed when we needed to, but I guess we just didn’t get that last save,” Pikiell said. “I thought he was kind of out of bounds, I’m not sure, but he hit a huge 3 and won the match.”
Zed Key had 22 points and 14 rebounds for Ohio State (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten).
“We weren’t good with all the changing defenses, but I thought we were okay,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “All things considered with some of the youngsters we had there, I think we did a good job with that.”
Omoruyi scored 14 of his 16 second-half points for Rutgers (6-3, 1-1). Aundre Hyatt added 13 points and Cam Spencer 11.
“I just thought with our 3-point lead right there, make sure they’re not able to rack up a 3 with what little time is left on the clock,” said the Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell. “We got what we wanted. We got to the free throw line and we just didn’t finish the deal.
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