Ohio State Closes Regular Season On Four-Game Winning Streak, Pulls Away From Rutgers 73-51 (2024)

Seven days ago, Ohio State demolished Michigan 52-34 in the second half, shooting 71.4% that period to catalyze an 84-61 victory.

The Buckeyes looked just as good in the second half against Rutgers after a one-week layoff.


Across the final 20 minutes, Ohio State (19-12, 9-11 Big Ten) dismantled the Scarlet Knights (15-16, 7-13 Big Ten) 43-23and shot 57.7% from the floor en route to a 73-51victory to close its regular season on a four-game winning streak.

Despite some tight moments in the first half, the only time Rutgers was so much as tied with Ohio State was at 0-0.

Five players – Roddy Gayle Jr., Jamison Battle, Felix Okpara, Bruce Thornton and Dale Bonner– scored at least nine points for the Buckeyes. Gayle paced the team with 14. Okpara tacked on eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Rutgers was held to a dismal 27.3% from the field for the contest. That included a 23.1% mark in the second half.

First half

Ohio State opened on an 8-0 run, getting three-pointers from Battle and Gayle and a putback layup from Okpara. That run extended to 11-1 as Rutgers' offense limped out of the gate, shooting 0-for-11 from the field to start the game.

It took 7:28 of game time before center Emmanuel Ogbole dunked home the Scarlet Knight's first made field goal.

Buckeye freshman guard Taison Chatman banked home a triple in response and Ohio State led 14-5 at the under-12 media timeout.

Compounding Rutgers' issues wassome foul trouble. Star center Clifford Omoruyi picked up two fouls in the first 2:38 of the contest while leading scorer Jeremiah Williams also picked up two whistles in the first 7:38.

Forward Aundre Hyatt scored five points in a row to pull Rutgers back within four, but Ohio State again answered with a 9-3 extended run featuring a three from Bonner and a pretty floater for Thornton's first field goal. The Buckeyes led 25-15 with 5:18 to play in the half.

From there, the lead bounced between five and nine points before the Scarlet Knights closed the half on an8-1 run. Omoruyi scored five points in the final four minutes of the period after his reentry.

Rutgers shot only 31% from the field in the opening 20 minutes but trailed just 30-28at halftime thanks to nineOhio State turnovers and 10points off of those takeaways.

Second half

24-48 (50.0%)FGM-FGA (PCT.)15-55 (27.3%)
9-20 (45.0%)3PM-3PA (PCT.)4-18 (22.2%)
16-21 (76.2%)FTM-FTA (PCT.)16-22 (72.7%)

Okpara became the first Buckeye to break double-figures in the scoring column as the second period got underway, knocking down two free throws and a strong layup. A steal-and-slam fromguard Jamichael Davis regained momentum for Rutgers, though.

The Scarlet Knights pulled back within a possession at 36-33, but Battle nailed an open triple and Gayle coupled a circus scoop layup with a downtown knockdown of his own, capping an 8-0 Ohio State run to make it a 44-33 ballgame.

About three minutes later, guard Scotty Middleton intercepted a pass and ran coast-to-coast for a layup that extended the Buckeyes’ lead, which was soonpushed to 17 points by back-to-back triples from Thornton and Middleton.

A Devin Royal dunk and Gayle layup pushed the advantage to 56-37 as Omoruyi fouled out for Rutgers seconds later. More than seven minutes still remained on the clock, but the game already felt as though it were over.

An ensuing alley-oop from Battle to Gayle extended the edge to 21, capping a quick 6-0 Buckeye run.

After Rutgerscut the lead to 62-45, six consecutive points from Bonner made the lead 68-45 with 3:37 to play and Ohio State cruised to a comfortable win from there.

What's next

Ohio State travels to Minneapolis for the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes secured a first-round bye and will begin Big Ten Tournament play in the second round on Thursday as either the No. 9 or 10 seed.

Ohio State will be the No. 9 seed in the Big Ten Tournament if Maryland beats Penn State on Sunday night. The Buckeyes will be the No. 10 seed if the Nittany Lions defeat the Terrapins.

Game notes

  • Okpara pulled in seven first-half rebounds, as many as he's collected in anyfull gamesince Feb. 2 at Iowa, when he had eight.
  • Gayle went 2-of-3 from behind the arc, his first time making a three-pointer since Feb. 13 at Wisconsin. Ohio State's shooting guard had gone0-for-8 from outside across the last five games.
  • Rutgers’ 51 points were the fewest the Buckeyes allowed in a Big Ten game since Feb. 15, 2022, when they held Minnesota to 45.
Ohio State Closes Regular Season On Four-Game Winning Streak, Pulls Away From Rutgers 73-51 (2024)


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Share: PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Ohio State closed out the regular season with their fourth-consecutive victory, beating Rutgers 73-51, in Piscataway, N.J., on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes finish the regular season 19-12 overall and 9-11 in Big Ten play. Sophom*ore Roddy Gayle Jr.

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  • 2012-2013 -
  • 23-game streak.
  • 2005-2006 -19-game streak.
  • 2002-2003 - 19-game streak.
  • 1967-1969 - 22-game streak.
  • 1915-1917 - 17-game streak.
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Thad Matta era (2004–2017)
2009–10Ohio StateNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11Ohio StateNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12Ohio StateNCAA Final Four
2012–13Ohio StateNCAA Elite Eight
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What seed is Ohio State men's basketball? ›

Ohio State, the No. 2 seed in the National Invitation Tournament, is set to host No. 7-seeded Cornell in the first round Tuesday. Ohio State learned its next opponent just hours after the university announced Jake Diebler would lose the interim title and take over as the program's full-time men's basketball coach.

What is the moneyline for the Rutgers Ohio State game? ›

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OpenOSU -18.5-1200
ConsensusOSU -18.5-1250
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Football Bowl Subdivision Teams Ohio State Has Played And Never Beaten
  • Clemson (0-4) ...
  • Florida State (0-3) ...
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  • South Carolina (0-2) ...
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  • Georgia (0-1) ...
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Who holds the longest winning streak in college football? ›

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Who does Ohio State play in 2025? ›

2025 Ohio State Football Schedule
Saturday Aug. 30Texas Longhorns Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Saturday Oct. 18UConn Huskies Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Date TBAat Illinois Fighting Illini Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
Date TBAat Michigan Wolverines Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
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How many points does Ohio State average? ›

Team Stats (22-14, 9-11)
StatisticOhio St.Opponents
Total Points27182528
Points Per Game75.570.2
Scoring Margin5.3--
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Former head coach Urban Meyer, who led the Buckeyes to seven division titles, three Big Ten Championships, the 2014 national championship, and the team's all-time record winning streak (24).

How many undefeated seasons has Ohio State football had? ›

The Buckeyes claim eight national championships along with 38 conference championships and ten undefeated seasons (six perfect seasons).

Who has more wins over each other Ohio State or Michigan? ›


Which football team has the longest winning streak? ›

There are many highly decorated clubs in world football and the 25 sides to have amassed the most trophies have been listed.
  • 8 Manchester United. ...
  • 7 Manchester United. ...
  • 6 Manchester City. ...
  • 5 Real Madrid. ...
  • 4 Real Madrid. ...
  • 3 Lyon. ...
  • 2 Juventus. Nine consecutive titles - 2012-2020. ...
  • 1 Bayern Munich. 11 consecutive titles - 2013-2023.
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