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Rutgers Football Media Day

Piscataway, New Jersey, August 16th, 2015 –

It was a Sunday to remember at the Brown Football Recruiting Pavilion where Rutgers Football hosted their annual Media Day. Confidence in the team and eagerness to play brewed amongst the coaches, players, and media members included. Head Coach Kyle Flood kicked off the press conference speaking towards the first week of training camp, saying that he enjoyed the way his team has responded with the mental and physical challenges summer practice has brought thus far. Coach Flood spoke to the different challenges his team faces, one of which being in the number one media market in the world. “We feel like now we’ve got an opportunity this season to take our program to places that it has not been before,” the Head Coach asserted. A tremendously bold statement after finishing last season 8-5 in its first year as a member of the Big Ten and becoming bowl eligible for the 9th season in the past 10 years.

Head Coach Kyle Flood addresses the media

Head Coach Kyle Flood addresses the media

Following Coach Flood’s interview came the first media interaction of the summer with Defensive Coordinator Joe Rossi. Coach Rossi began his presser stating that the most difficult part of training camp is now over with and was the coach who opened up most in regards to personnel and the 2015 schedule with the media. Being in his second year at the helm of the Scarlet Knights defense, Coach Rossi noted that, “this is the first year I’ve been here since 2012 we are going to play a very similar schedule again,” and how that is “a positive from just a familiarity standpoint” (Norfolk St. and Kansas being the new opponents this year). The DC also expressed his confidence in the safety position where there is plenty of experience and said that Rutgers has made adjustments at all three levels of the defense.

This was also the media’s first interaction of the summer with Offensive Coordinator Ben McDaniels. Having been the Wide Receivers coach last year, McDaniels is sure to be familiar with the personnel and undoubtedly ready to take over the play calling from 2014’s Offensive Coordinator Ralph Friedgen. When asked about the immense depth at the running back position Coach McDaniels confirmed Flood’s earlier remark that running the football is the identity of this team by saying, “within any offense, I think you’re going to lean on some of the best parts of what you think is within your offense and strong points in your personnel.” This may come as a surprise to the public with the vast amount of NFL talent Rutgers had produced in past years at the wide receiver position, along with a serious Biletnikoff Award candidate in Leonte Carroo who’s still a major impact player in this offense. The OC also declared, “there’s going to be multiple receivers on field in most cases.”

The final part of media day ended with player interviews. Outstanding statements included Senior Linebacker Quentin Gause referencing a John Wooden quote, “Doing the small things to get better,” in regards to improving the run defense from last year. Playing every game at a high level and giving 100 percent is important to Gause who said, “every game has to be a national championship game, Norfolk State is a national championship game, one game at a time, every game is going to be like that.” Another great statement came from Junior Wide Receiver Janarion Grant relating to the impact that Carroo’s stardom has had on the unit who said, “everybody’s working to be better than each other, were not trying to work to be number 2, we’re trying to be the top, and that’s our energy and drive.” The return specialist and speedster Grant who averaged 25.3 yards per kickoff return last season figures to have a much larger role on offense this year.

WRSU was also able to catch up with Senior Defensive Tackle and team leader Darius Hamilton who was energetic to get back on the field after spending most of training camp’s first week on the injury report. “I just want to be known as a kid who gave it all he had when he was out there, was the ultimate teammate, loved his teammates, and was tough as nails man,” said Hamilton when asked about what mark he’d like to leave on this program. “Trench Mob” is the nickname that Hamilton said he and his Defensive line unit will be donning this fall. Winning the trenches each game will certainly be of importance to this defensive line that is expected to be better than last season’s unit, which ranked among the top of the conference in sacks for the majority of the year.

By Dylan Mruczinski

Rutgers Women Regain Form on Senior Night

By Michael Antosiewicz
After an uncharacteristic two game losing streak, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights ( 21-8, 12-6 Big Ten) rebounded Sunday afternoon against Big Ten opponent Indiana (14-15, 4-14 Big Ten) at the RAC. The team played excellent basketball in the second half as they pulled away to a 70-61 victory. Three Scarlet Knights—Kahleah Copper, Betnijah Laney, and Tyler Scaife—finished with double digit figures for scoring. Laney played  particularly well as she earned a double-double with 13 total rebounds. Altogether, these team and individual performances provided a proper send-off on senior night for the three seniors Laney, Syessence Davis and Christa Evans.

Although Rutgers dominated the latter part of the second half, the game went back and forth during the first period as each team enjoyed stretches of unanswered scoring. Right out of the gate, the lady Hoosiers hit back to back three-pointers to take an early 6-2 lead. For a moment, given their offensive dependency on three-point shots, the Hoosiers looked poised to dominate on offense. However, their shooting declined as Rutgers began to harden on the defensive end, preventing the Hoosiers from making another three-point shot for 10 full minutes.

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Senior Betnijah Laney notched a double-double in her final regular season game at the RAC. (Photo: : Ed Pagliarini)

With 12:30 left in the first, Rutgers’ stern defense allowed them to accumulate a 17-8 lead. But the Hoosiers fought back and eventually a clumsy turnover by Tyler Scaife, who finished with 16 points, allowed Indiana to take a 21-17 lead. Copper responded with skilled dribbling that led to a layup that was the first Rutgers score after a four minute scoring drought. Rutgers rolled from there to enter half time with a 30 to 26 lead. In the half’s final seconds Davis made a dominating block that set the tone for the second half.

Coming out of the break, Rutgers scored quickly and thoroughly. They played with great ball possession and passed the ball cleanly. Responding to Indiana’s zone defense, which actually took Coach Stringer by surprise, Rutgers employed a very small lineup and allowed Davis to engineer the offense. Davis finished with five assists and only two turnovers. Her play was critical for breaking down the defense’s zone.

One of Davis’ most impressive moments came at a crucial moment with 14:35 left to play. After a Rutgers score, Davis stole the ball on Indiana’s inbound. At this point, the Scarlet Knights secured an 10+  point lead. With 3:58 remaining in the game, Rutgers earned their biggest lead of 19 points for a score of 69 to 50.

Once victory was clinched in these closing moments, Coach Stringer made a nice gesture for her seniors, of which all three scored. She substituted all Evans, Davis and Laney at the same time as they walked off the court at the RAC to enormous applause from the crowd.

To be sure, this senior class deserved this moment according to Coach Stringer. In her post-game press-conference, the coach spoke emphatically and glowingly of this group. Coach Stringer ranked this senior class, despite their smallness in numbers, as one of her greatest ever. “They are not losers,” Stringer said as proceeded to describe these players as “selfless”, to “epitomize team”, and as people who give “max everything”.

However, the closing chapter to this senior class and season has not yet been written as the girls enter Big Ten tournament play this week in Chicago before the NCAA tournament. In order to improve, Coach Stringer said that the team needs to do a better job of converting turnovers into points. Fortunately, over the course of the season causing turnovers has not been a problem for Rutgers, and tonight they finished with 15 steals alone.

As long as what Coach Stringer described as the big three of Copper, Laney and Scaife are in scoring form, Rutgers’ tournament hopes are certainly legitimate. One thing that is for sure is the team’s unwavering mindset. Laney articulated the winning mindset the best with the sentiment that, “once we step onto the floor, its practice”.

Tune into to 88.7 FM or online at WRSU’s stream to hear the Rutgers perform during tournament season.

Rutgers Routed By Indiana

By Adam Nardelli

Following an 81-47 loss to Iowa, the Rutgers men’s basketball team hoped to bounce back and play spoiler against the Indiana Hoosiers, who have a strong chance to make the NCAA Tournament.  Indiana, who was 18-9 coming into the game, came off a heart-wrenching 67-63 home loss to Purdue this past Thursday.  Two straight losses for the Hoosiers would do nothing to improve their chances once March comes around.

Both teams came out with high intensity making for an up-tempo and at times sloppy style of play early in the first half.  The Hoosiers and Scarlet Knights were knotted up at 16 near the midway point of the opening 20 minutes, giving hope to all Scarlet Knights fans at the RAC.  Greg Lewis and Kadeem Jack executed a perfect pick and roll ending with Jack slamming home an open dunk exciting the crowd.

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It was a rough night for the Scarlet Knights, who haven’t won since January 11th. (Photo: Jim O’Conner, USA Today)

Rutgers, however, couldn’t keep up with Indiana’s level of play with the Hoosiers increasing the lead to 21-16 as the first half continued.  The score never got any closer.  Rutgers continued to make buckets, but so did Indiana, with Tom Crean’s ball club answering every ounce of the Scarlet Knights attempt to climb closer and closer.  Indiana Forward Troy Williams then threw down a monstrous dunk extending the lead to 30-23, causing every Indiana fan to jump out of their seats.

Indiana led 40-28 with just seconds left in the first half when Rutgers’ Center Greg Lewis tipped in a buzzer beater to cut the lead to 40-30 at the half.  The buzzer beater ignited the Scarlet Knights bench, and the crowd for the moment, with many in the RAC wondering if the momentum could carry over to the second half.

Unfortunately for Rutgers that would not be the case.  Indiana opened the second half with a 9-0 run, looking refreshed and energized.  Any remnants of momentum from the first half was nowhere to be found for the Scarlet Knights.  Indiana made some crucial adjustments during halftime that destroyed any hopes Rutgers had while being down 10 at the half.  “We changed defenses because we were certainly concerned that Myles Mack, who we have a ton of respect for, was going to come out and try to take the game over…We made some plays. We got some shots, and it started to work for us”, said Indiana coach Tom Crean about the opening of the second half.

While Indiana entered the second half strengthened and wanting to build a big lead, Rutgers looked slow and out of sorts.  The Scarlet Knights were plagued by turnovers and lazy passes that helped Indiana turn once a comfortable lead at the end of the first half into a blowout in the second half.  The Hoosiers stretched the lead to 57-35 just 5:31 into the second half.

Indiana Guard Nick Zeisloft came out with the hot hand in the second half, totaling three 3-pointers for the game.  Zeisloft’s three’s in the second half contributed to the increased demoralization of the Scarlet Knights after the Intermission.  Indiana forward Hanner Masquera-Parea, who hadn’t been in the starting lineup since mid-January due to an injury, posted a career-high 13 points, while Hoosier stars Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr. each contributed 17 points.

Despite the 84-54 loss for Rutgers, Head Coach Eddie Jordan still brought up positives that he can take from the game.  “I like our patience on offense.  I like our spacing and our unselfishness, [but] we didn’t finish plays”, Jordan said of his team in the press conference.  Although Rutgers seemed to lack energy and vitality, especially in the second half, Jordan said he has no concerns with a lack of fire from his players.  “For the most part we got back on defense, for the most part we protected the rim in transition”, Jordan said in response to questions about his team’s drive and liveliness.  Jordan attributed their issues more to a lack of success with being able to matchup with Indiana’s small lineup.

When asked about what correctable mistakes can be made going into Thursday’s matchup against Purdue, Jordan cited a couple specific areas in need of improvement.  “We just want to keep continuing to get better in two areas, defending and rebounding…and our behavior, our demeanor”, Jordan said.  Although Jordan believes his team still is motivated to go out and play each game as hard as they can, understanding how to produce better body language and conduct on the court has been a struggle. The Scarlet Knights head coach attributed these difficulties to the rebuilding phase the program is going through, saying Rutgers just is not the “high-powered engine” that other teams in the Big Ten are as a result of rebuilding.

Looking at other areas for Rutgers to build on based on last night, center Greg Lewis produced a career-high 13 points.  “He always does everything right to me.  He’s here early.  He’s here late working on his game.  He’s top of the list on this team for what I want from our players.”  Lewis, who is a redshirt junior, showed he has the ability to be a significant contributor as a force down low, something for the fan trying to find a story from today that doesn’t make them nauseous.

Rutgers will next be in action this Thursday night when they travel to Purdue, tipoff will be at 9 pm.

Four Knights in Double Digits as Rutgers Throttles Illinois

By Dominick Savino

PISCATAWAY—Tyler Scaife finished with 21 points to lead a group of four Scarlet Knights in double-figure scoring as the Rutgers women’s basketball team trounced the University of Illinois by a score of 80-56 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Tuesday.

In addition to Scaife’s game-high total, Kahleah Copper scored 16 points, and Betnijah Laney and Rachel Hollivay added 14 apiece. It was the second game in a row that this quartet each posted 10 or more points, as they all chimed in with at least 12 points in Saturday’s 78-49 drubbing of Purdue at the RAC.

Rutgers (20-6, 11-4 Big Ten) was able to take control of the matchup early. Scaife’s jumper with 13:21 remaining in the first half gave the Scarlet Knights a 13-11 advantage that they would not relinquish for the rest of the evening.

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Tyler Scaife led the way for Rutgers at the RAC Tuesday night. (Photo: Naaz Modan, The Daily Targum)

However, Illinois (13-14, 4-11 Big Ten) did their best to claw back. Brittany Carter broke two Rutgers scoring runs by making 3-pointers at the 10:09 and 7:04 marks, the second of which was from steps behind the arc. Nevertheless, the Scarlet Knights entered the locker room up 36-28 after shooting a blazing 61% from the field in the first half.

Out of the break, the Knights went on an 11-3 run to stretch the lead to 47-31, and the rout was on from there. The lead ballooned to as much 26 points as C. Vivian Stringer’s team cruised to their second straight victory following last Tuesday’s tough road loss to Maryland.

As she readies her team for play in the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, Coach Stringer is understandably excited by the team-first basketball that Rutgers has exhibited during the last two games.

“There are lots of ways (to score). One of which is transition because this is by far the quickest team,” she explained after Tuesday’s win. “We’re also pressing and getting steals and the defense is creating situations for points. Aside from that, each player at each position is proving themselves to be legitimate.”

The excitement has also spread to the players, who are anticipating deep runs in the upcoming postseason tournaments.

“This is definitely the best we’ve played during my four years,” Laney stated about the team’s recent play. “We have a variety of different scorers. We are not counting on just one or two people to carry the load, and that’s been key for us.”

For the Scarlet Knights, the win moves them to 11-4 in the Big Ten Conference, which keeps them comfortably in 3rd place in the conference standings. The top four teams in conference play receive double-byes for the opening rounds of the Big Ten Tournament.

Rutgers is also now 10-1 when four or more players each score 10 or more points.

The Knights have three games remaining on the regular-season slate, including final road trips to Michigan State and Northwestern before the home finale against Indiana. Rutgers plays next at Michigan State on Sunday, February 22. Deondre Smalls and Danny Friedman will broadcast the game live for WRSU, and the pre-game show will start 1:45pm.

The Scarlet Knights Go Pink

By Lea Ginefra

The first 2500 guests at the RAC Saturday were greeted with pink t-shirts to help celebrate Breast Cancer awareness, survivors, and the progress that has been made in finding a cure. The “Pink-Out” and Play4Kay Foundation benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, honoring former North Carolina State University women’s coach, Kay Yow, who passed in 2009 from the disease.

The 18th ranked Lady Knights, playing in full pink uniforms for the occasion, took on the Purdue Boilermakers for the second time this season. What began as close game in the first half, ended with a 29-point lead for Rutgers, which led them to clench a 78-49 win.

The Knights had a rather smooth start making easy transitions and layups, but struggled for points outside. 24 of their 33 points in the first half were in the paint. Coach C. Vivian Stringer emphasized that the team was “much more focused in terms of getting the ball inside.”


The Knights had an impressive victory against Purdue Saturday afternoon at the RAC. (Photo: Scarletknights.com)

She also mentioned how she thought her team moved the ball well on offense, and maintained strong full court pressure early on. This defensive pressure frazzled the Boilermakers into turning the ball over a total of 22 times.

Rutgers contained Purdue to under 50 points again, just as their last encounter. Ashley Morrissette and Bridget Perry were the closest thing to offensive threats with 9 and 13 points. This time around, the Boilermakers did not have starting junior guard, April Wilson, to help. Wilson, who was injured at Wednesday’s game, leads the team in assists and has started 22 of her 23 games.

What stood out in this game was the overall play of junior guard, Kahleah Copper. Going 12 for 17 from the floor, and adding 6 rebounds, Copper was on fire. Although 24 points is not her season high (scored 25 against Penn State), it certainly shows why she was named WNIT MVP last season. Copper added that the encouragement and support from her teammates has “helped her play the way she has been for the past few games.”

Rutgers went from shooting 44% on the floor in the first half to 63% at the end of the second. They totaled 16 steals, 7 from SyessenceDavis. The leading scorer was Kahleah Copper with 24 points, followed by Betnijah Laney with 16, Tyler Scaife with 14, and Rachel Hollivay with 12.

Both Coach Stringer and Copper noted that their determination today was fueled by their past practice. The ladies have been intentionally pushing each other harder in recent practices. This type of play is all in preparation for both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. The Big Ten tournament is just around the corner during the first week of March.

The Scarlet Knights advance to 19-6 overall, and 10-4 in the Big Ten. The hard loss to Maryland last week did not put a damper on their attitude. They proved to be the stronger and more prepared team and are ready to take on Illinois this Tuesday at 7pm. Tune in to 88.7 WRSU for coverage at the RAC.

Poor 1st Half Shooting Dooms Rutgers to 9th Straight Loss

By Dominick Savino

PISCATAWAY, NJ— A sluggish first half—punctuated by 4-18 shooting from the field—prevented a 2nd half run from fully materializing, as the Rutgers men’s basketball team dropped Thursday night’s home contest to the Purdue Boilermakers by a score of 61-51.

The opening minutes of the matchup at the Rutgers Athletic Center showed all the signs of a well-contested affair. Purdue jumped out to an early 8-3 advantage, but Rutgers quickly answered with two consecutive 3-pointers from Junior Etou.

At the 12:38 mark Myles Mack’s 15-foot jumper knotted the scoring at 12-12. For the Scarlet Knights though, the score would not be that close for the remainder of the game.

During the ensuing 15 minutes of play, they experienced one of the worst shooting droughts of their season, going scoreless for the next 6 minutes and remaining without a field goal until Bishop Daniels made a transition layup with 18:28 left in the 2nd half.


Purdue was able to capitalize on Rutgers’s ineffective shooting performance, closing the 1st half on a 17-4 run to provide all the difference in a 29-16 score at the break.

When the teams returned from the intermission, the Boilermakers continued to stretch their lead, as Vince Edwards’s layup opened the gap to 20 points with 7:27 left in the game. However, at the 6 minute mark, a Kadeem Jack layup sparked an unexpected 13-1 scoring run over the following 2:30 to tighten the score to 49-41.

Despite the Scarlet Knights’ late-game efforts, the hole they dug themselves in the first half proved too much to overcome during the second stanza, as a Jon Octeus 3-pointer and a few defensive stops by the Boilermakers ended the Scarlet Knights’ desperate attempts to come back.

For Purdue, Thursday’s victory moves them into sole possession of 2nd place in the Big Ten Conference with an 8-4 conference record and a 16-9 season record. Boilermaker 7-foot center A.J. Hammonds led all game scorers with 17 points and added 4 blocks. Purdue plays next when it hosts Nebraska on Sunday, February 15th at 5:15pm.

On the other side, the loss brings Rutgers to 10-15 overall and 2-10 in Big Ten play. More significantly, it also marks the team’s 9th straight defeat and extends the losing streak to the program’s longest since 2009. The Scarlet Knights have gone winless since stunning #4 Wisconsin at the RAC on January 11th.

According to Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan, being able to endure such a long winless streak starts with a tight-knit locker room.

“[Our student-athletes] have good character in that locker room. They support each other. They understand that it’s a process…The Big Ten is a no-joke league. We’re just coming in and trying to play up to that level so it’s just going to take time.”

As he has preached following previous losses, Jordan also looks to draw out positives from this defeat to help his young team gain experience and improve for the rest of the season and beyond.

“We didn’t give up. We fought our butts off. We got some rebounds at the end. We guarded the rim well at the end… Today we didn’t come out on top but some good things happened at the end.”

The Scarlet Knights will have the upcoming week to recover and prepare for the homestretch of the Big Ten schedule. Their next game is Thursday, February 19th at 8pm at Iowa. WRSU will broadcast the game live, and coverage will start at 7:40pm.

The Ben McDaniels Era: Another Offensive Coordinator for Rutgers

By Dylan Mruczinski

— Piscataway, New Jersey

Set to become the 6th offensive coordinator in 6 years, Ben McDaniels will be promoted from wide receivers coach to head of the entire offense for the Scarlet Knights in the 2015 season. After one year of the best offensive production since 2008 (390 yards of offense per game), including coaching star player Leonte Carroo to first team All-Big Ten honors, Ben McDaniels is certainly deserving of his new role. In addition to offensive coordinator, McDaniels will be the quarterbacks coach as well.

Coach McDaniels ready for a larger role in the offense.

Coach Ben McDaniels is ready for his larger role in the Rutgers offense.

The decision by head coach Kyle Flood comes after previous offensive coordinator, Ralph Friedgen decided to step down from his position. Friedgen will stay a member of the Rutgers coaching staff but as a special assistant to coach Flood. A string of other staff moves followed, as previous tight ends coach Anthony Campanile will now coach the wide receivers, and former recruiting coordinator Phil Galiano moves to special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. Former Rutgers defensive lineman Scott Vallone will also be added to the staff as a graduate assistant.

McDaniels, who will be 35 come the 2015 season has previous experience as an Offensive Assistant with the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football as a quarterback for Kent State and also has his master’s degree in sport management from rival Big Ten foe, The University of Minnesota.

It can be said that coaching high powered and efficient offenses is in the McDaniels family DNA. Ben McDaniels is the younger brother of current New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels. He’s also the son of Ohio high school coaching legend Thom McDaniels, who got both Ben and Josh involved in football at a young age.

In essence, with Friedgen still part of the staff and only in-house promotions for the coaching staff, it’s fair to assume a similar offensive game plan for the Scarlet Knights in their sophomore season of Big Ten play. McDaniels’ biggest objective this spring and summer will be to decipher who exactly will be his field general at the quarterback position. LSU transfer QB Hayden Rettig looks promising according to Cincinnati Bengals receiver and former Knight Mohamed Sanu, while QB Chris Laviano has years of experience under coach Flood and was a borderline 4-star recruit out of high school by some scouting outlets.

With a plethora of running backs to occupy the backfield, and the decision of Leonte Carroo to stay for his senior season, McDaniels will have many offensive weapons at his disposal. Look for Ben McDaniels to thrive in his new position and this Rutgers attack to maintain its balance through the air and on the ground.

D’Angelo Russell, Buckeyes Too Much for Rutgers

By Alex Espositio

Rutgers’ woes continued as they dropped their eighth straight game, losing to Ohio State by a final score of 79 to 60.

Ohio State’s freshman guard D’Angelo Russell put on a show at the RAC as he registered his first career triple-double with 23 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds.

“It was one of the better performances I’ve ever seen,” said Ohio State coach Thad Matta. “He’s as tuned in as anybody I’ve ever coached.”

With nearly two dozen NBA scouts in attendance, the young phenom knew the spotlight was shining bright on him, and he did not disappoint.

“The more I watched him on tape, the less sleep I got,” remarked Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan. “He’s got a great future.”

While Russell wowed scouts and fans alike all night long, fellow freshman Jae’Sean Tate quietly put forth one of his best performances of the season, tallying 20 points and 5 rebounds on 8 of 11 shooting.

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It was the D’Angelo Russell show in Piscataway tonight. (Photo: NJ Advance Media)

Ohio State also had another member of its young nucleus step up, as freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop played a significant role coming off the bench. He finished just short of a double-double, with 14 points and 9 rebounds, including three made shots from beyond the arc.

Rutgers needed big games from their veteran leaders Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, but both floundered when the team needed them most.

“We just couldn’t match up with them tonight,” said Eddie Jordan. “They expose any and all weaknesses you have. They outclassed us.”

Mack finished with just 8 points on 3 of 10 shooting, while Jack scored nine, on 4 of 10 made shots.

Jack sat out for an extended period of time in the second half, but oddly enough, not due to injury.

“As a team we played harder when he was on the bench,” said Jordan.

Combo guard Bishop Daniels paced the Knights with 17 points but finished just 5 of 17 from the field, making only 29 percent of his shots.

His percentages were right on par with the rest of the team, as the Knights made just 20 of their 69 shots to finish at 29 percent for the game. They were even more brutal from three-point range, hitting only 4 of their 23 attempts to finish at 17 percent for the game.

Despite the blowout loss, there were positive takeaways for Rutgers. Junior Etou recorded his second double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds. He also made all six of his free-throw attempts.

D.J. Foreman, a 6-8 freshman, chipped in 9 points and 4 boards in 23 minutes off the bench. If he can continue to get consistent playing time, look for him to have a bigger role going forward.

On the other side of the spectrum was guard Mike Williams, who made his return after a three-game absence. He might be wishing he sat this one out, as he hit just one of his 10 attempts to finish with 3 points on the night.

Rutgers has been in a freefall since the Wisconsin upset, as this loss marks eight consecutive defeats. A once-promising season has turned to disaster as the Knights, with a conference record of 2 wins and 10 losses, now find themselves tied with Northwestern at the bottom of the Big Ten.

With a home tilt coming Thursday against Purdue, winners of four out of their last five, there seems to be no end in sight. Hopefully the Knights can turn it around and pull out at least one more win, with only six games to go on the conference slate.

Tip-off at the RAC is this Thursday, 7pm. Tune in to 88.7 WRSU-FM for coverage.

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