Wesson brothers lift Ohio State over Rutgers 72-66

Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson, left, blocks the shot of Rutgers' Jacob Young during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kaleb Wesson had 16 points and his older brother Andre added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ohio State over Rutgers 72-66 on Wednesday night.

Rutgers overcame a 20-point deficit in the second half, with Geo Baker hitting a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to get the Scarlet Knights within 3 points. But they ran out of time, with Andre Wesson hitting a foul shot and then CJ Walker hitting a pair with 12 seconds left to seal it

Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. each added 10 points as the Buckeyes, who were ranked as high as No. 2 in the AP poll before tanking last month, bounced back from a loss at Wisconsin on Sunday and has now won three of the last four. In a wildly inconsistent season, Ohio State i much better at home, winning for the 12th time at Value City Arena.

Jacob Young had 17 and Baker 13 for Rutgers (17-8, 8-6), which is having its best season in years under coach Steve Pikiell but, like Ohio State, has struggled on the road. The Scarlet Knights dropped to 1-5 away from the Rutgers Athletic Center where they are 16-0.

Ohio State led 45-30 at the intermission on the strength of a couple of late 3-pointers, from Andre Wesson and Justin Ahrens, who was 3 for 4 from beyond the arc in the half coming off the bench.