PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Montez Mathis hit two contested layups and Geo Baker nailed a jumper with 10.3 seconds to play as Rutgers scored its biggest Big Ten Conference victory under coach Steve Pikiell, a 64-61 decision over No. 16 Ohio State on Wednesday.
The win was the Scarlet Knights’ first against a ranked Big Ten team since an upset of No. 4 Wisconsin in January 2015 under then-coach Eddie Jordan.
Rutgers (8-6, 1-3) scored the final six points and survived a missed 3-point attempt by C.J. Jackson in handing the Buckeyes (12-3, 2-2) their second straight loss.
Mathis finished with 16 points and Baker had 15, with his last shot being his only second-half basket. Ron Harper Jr. added 12 points and Shaq Carter had 11 as Rutgers played most of the game without leading scorer Eugene Omoruyi, who left the game early in the first half with a left leg injury.
Kaleb Wesson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half for Ohio State, which had used a 16-3 run to take a 61-58 lead. Luther Muhammad gave Ohio State a 59-58 advantage with a driving basket, and then Jackson hit a layup with 2:37 to go.
Muhammad added 13 points for Ohio State and Jackson had 10.
MISSISSIPPI 82 NO. 11 AUBURN 67
OXFORD, Miss. — Terence Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead surprising Mississippi to an upset of Auburn.
Ole Miss (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) continued its run of strong play under first-year coach Kermit Davis after being widely picked to finish at or near the bottom of the league.
Freshman K.J. Buffen added 16 points for the Rebels while Devontae Shuler scored 14. Davis shot 9 of 15 from the field and made four 3-pointers.
Auburn (11-3, 0-1) trailed 42-29 at halftime, but pulled within 56-54 with nine minutes remaining. The Tigers could get no closer, with Davis, Buffen and Shuler hitting big shots to keep Ole Miss in front.
Auburn was led by Bryce Brown, who took 24 shots — 19 from 3-point range — to score 23 points.
TEMPLE 73, NO. 17 HOUSTON 69
PHILADELPHIA — Quinton Rose scored 22 points and Temple handed No. 17 Houston its first loss of the season.
Corey Davis Jr. was called for a charge in the final second of play, wiping out a tying basket for the Cougars (15-1, 2-1 American Athletic Conference). That left No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Virginia as the only Division I teams without a loss.
Breaon Brady had 19 points to lead the Cougars, who started 15-0 for the first time since the 1967-68 team won its first 31 games. Houston’s 15-game winning streak was the school’s longest since the 1982-83 season.
Shizz Alston Jr. had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Owls (12-3, 2-1).