May 21, 2018

Rutgers climbs out of early hole to upset Ohio State in Big Ten tournament

Rutgers guard Shaquille Doorson operates around an Ohio State defender on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center. Photo by Austin McFadden/MSA.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rutgers erased an early 10-point deficit to upset Ohio State 66-57 in the first round of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

The Scarlet Knights (15-17) were led by Nigel Johnson, who turned in 21 points and three rebounds, charging a bench that produced 32 points. Deshawn Freeman added 10 points and eight rebounds for Rutgers, who shot 37 percent and racked up 22 second chance points.

Ohio State (17-15) was paced by Jae’Sean Tate’s 18 points and six rebounds. 

Rutgers now plays Northwestern on Friday at approximately 9:00 p.m.

This story will be updated. 

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Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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