The No. 11 Rutgers suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday, and some of its players pointed their fingers towards the offensive crew.
Here’s the case: The Scarlet Knights fell 80-68 after being outscored 29-9 in the final 8 minutes and 44 seconds, despite leading by double digits for most of the competition. Importance of that timestamp? This was when center Miles Johnson was ejected after just 15 minutes on the court.
With starting knee Cliff Omorui with a knee injury, it was reserve center Mamadou Doucre, who filled in during the time Johnson spent on the bench. In court 20 minutes, he picked up four fouls.
In total, Rutgers committed 22 fouls and gave 29 free throws to Bakaye, who scored 22 points from the free throw line. He shot 21 free throws in the second half alone, scoring 17 of his 52 second-half points.
For the full picture, here’s some important information: Ohio State committed a similar 20 fouls and threw 17 free. Johnson struggled dishonestly throughout his career, entering the contest averaging 5.1 falls per 40 minutes. The Buckeyes have a nationwide throw rate of 44.1, good for 28th in the nation, and score 25% of their points from the free throw line on the season, meaning they often foul before Wednesday’s game Reached the line.
However, Rutgers had fans Surrounded himself on social media, And the Scarlet Knights eventually hit their breaking point on the court. With 4:25 remaining in the game and tied at a score of 61, Rutgers’ bench was hit by a technical foul after opposing a lack of foul on Ohio State to counter a Jio Baker effort.
A couple of Scarlet Knights expressed their disdain for participating in the contest on Twitter after the game.
Johnson was the most vocal of the deleted tweets.
“There should be 3 big cash outs in the world of gambling tonight, there’s no way,” he tweeted minutes after the contest, concluding with the emojis of a trash can and a zebra, adding that he felt the trash Was.
Junior forward Ron Harper Jr., who led the Scarlet Knights with 20 points, was more subtle, tweeting and retweeting a simple “lol” A tweet that is abusive.
Head coach Steve Pikil and senior leader Geo Baker alleviated their frustration with humiliation at their postgame press conference.
“I just have to do a better job with the officers,” Pikil said. “He was great. He has done a great job.”
“You get emotional in this game, and I think we all got a little emotional,” Baker said. “I think we take a lead, which as an experienced team, we shouldn’t do. I don’t think the Reefs really influenced the game so much. We just got better as a team. We had to. We let the lead go. That’s on us. “
The Scarlet Knights agree on one thing: The way this contest ended will fuel them Wednesday, January 9, 2021 – 17 days from Wednesday, Saturday for a rematch against the Buckeyes at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Johnson tweeted, “17 days in RAC no cheating–“.
Before then, Rutgers will get a few days off for a holiday break. It will then host Purdue and Iowa in the RAC and travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. Four days later, The Scarlet Knights were hosted by Ohio State.
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