E.J. Liddell missed two video games with what Ohio State described as a non-COVID-19 sickness. The Buckeyes misplaced a kind of video games. However the 6-foot-7 ahead is wholesome and again within the lineup now. And he performed a significant position in OSU overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit Wednesday en path to an eventual 80-68 victory over Rutgers inside Worth Metropolis Enviornment.
The Buckeyes outscored Rutgers 48-20 within the closing quarter-hour.
They scored 52 factors within the second half.
“That was a heckuva win,” stated Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann, who appears effectively on his solution to a sixth straight NCAA Match look. “We needed to be actually resilient. We put ourselves in a bind — and a few of that was [caused by] how effectively Rutgers was taking part in. However gamers win video games. And our guys responded.”
Liddell took 14 pictures in opposition to Rutgers, made eight of them and completed with 21 factors, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes. The sophomore from Illinois is now the Buckeyes’ second-leading scorer (15.3. factors per recreation) and second-leading rebounder (6.5 rebounds per recreation). So he is undeniably necessary — proof being how Ohio State is 6-0 with him this season, simply 1-1 with out him.
The Buckeyes are No. 16 in Thursday morning’s up to date CBS Sports activities High 25 And 1 day by day school basketball rankings. Ohio State leaping from twentieth to sixteenth pushed Michigan State, Duke and Michigan down one spot every, no fault of their very own. OSU’s subsequent scheduled recreation is Saturday at Northwestern, which is 2-0 within the Large Ten after Wednesday’s 74-67 upset of Indiana.
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