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Rutgers Falls to Illinois in Triple Overtime Thriller

By RJ Hampson

February 3, 2016

-Piscataway New Jersey

An outstanding performance from freshman Corey Sanders was not enough to lead the Scarlet Knights to victory. Sanders got the first double double of his career and broke the Rutgers freshman scoring record in the process. He scored 39 points and had 12 assists in the game.

However, at the end of the third overtime the Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 110-103. The Scarlet Knights led the Illini for most of the first half and took a 40-37 lead into halftime. The Scarlet Knights managed to lead the Illini for a majority of the second half as well.

The game went into overtime at a score of 75-75. The Illini seemed to be cruising to victory before Corey Sanders grabbed a rebound on his missed three pointer and then hit one as the clock expired.

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The second overtime ended with the teams tied at 93-93 and was a tight defensive matchup. Illinois grabbed its largest lead of the game in the third overtime and won 110-101.

The second leading scorer for the Scarlet Knights was Jonathan Laurent. He scored a career high 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Senior guard Omari Grier scored 18 points and knocked down three shots from beyond the three point arc. Senior center Greg Lewis grabbed 16 rebounds and had three blocks.

The Scarlet Knights’ record has now fallen to 6-17. They are still seeking their first Big 10 win of the season. They have also lost 25 straight games against Big 10 opponents. The Knights’ conference record now drops to 0-10 on the season.

On the opposing side, the Fighting Illini were led by junior guard Malcolm Hill. He achieved a double double of his own by scoring 32 points and snagging 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 26 points and hit six three pointers.

The Fighting Illini improved their record to 11-12 with the win. Their Big 10 record now stands at 3-7. Their next game is this Sunday against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

In the postgame conference Rutgers’s head coach Eddie Jordan had only positive things to say about the Scarlet Knights. “We played pretty well and I’m proud of them”. “We saw everyone have mental toughness”.

Jordan on Corey Sanders: “He was magnificent, he was alert”. “When you put the ball in your best player’s hands he makes plays”.

The Scarlet Knights will travel to Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers on Saturday. Tune in to 88.7 WRSU at 2:00 pm for the call!

Rutgers Falls to #7 Ohio State at the RAC

By Victoria Pojawis

PISCATAWAY—- Despite the winter storm that dumped over two feet of snow across the region, the Ohio State Buckeyes still managed to make it to New Jersey for a Sunday afternoon match up at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

It was Rutgers women’s basketball’s first time hosting Ohio State at home since entering the Big Ten conference. The Scarlet Knights fell to the Buckeyes two weeks ago in Columbus 90-78.

Ohio State came into the RAC Sunday hoping to continue their two game winning streak fresh off a win over Michigan Thursday, and they were able to do just that with a 67-58 victory.

The game was even on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively for the majority of the first half. Unfortunately for Rutgers, they were unable to carry that momentum over into the second half.

The Knights entered the third quarter tied 30-30 but quickly fell behind as they couldn’t make crucial shots, had too many turnovers and struggled on defense. They trailed the Buckeyes by seventeen points entering the fourth quarter, and were never able to make a comeback.

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Ohio States forward Chelsea Mitchell contributed 22 points, while guard Ameryst Alston and forward Alexa Hart combined for 30 points. Hart also racked up eight rebounds and Alston had five assists.

Rutgers had an impressive effort with four players scoring double digits, but unfortunately it was not enough to win. Kahleah Copper scored the most with 18 and 13 rebounds. Parker scored 13, and both Scaife and Canty contributed 11 points.

Rutgers has a 12-8 overall record this season, but falls to 3-5 against teams in the Big Ten. After losing to Ohio State, their record against conference opponents at home is now 3-1.

Next up for the Scarlet Knights is a Wednesday night game in Indiana against the 12-8 Hoosiers. Tune into WRSU 88.7 FM for game coverage!

 

Purdue Hands Rutgers Worst Home Loss in History

-By Raj Shah

In a game where the Scarlet Knights never got going turned into the worst Rutgers loss ever at home on Monday night. The Purdue Boilmakers entered as 20 point favorites and lived far beyond their expectations. Thumping the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 107-57 by the time the dust had settled.

The Scarlet Knights got off to a rocky start at the RAC. Five minutes into Purdue’s lead had already ballooned to fifteen points. As the first half unfolded the Scarlet Knights got handled in almost every statistical way possible. At half time Purdue led by a score 59-26, and had more blocks, turnovers, and steals than Rutgers. In the end the Purdue Boilmakers had outrebounded the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 63-23.

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The only bright spot for the Scarlet Knights seemed to be Corey Sanders. The freshman out of West Oaks Academy contributed nearly half of all the points the Scarlet Knights were able to put up. By the time the game had ended Sanders had put up 23 points but received very little help from his teammates.

The Purdue Boilmakers on the other hand were led by center A.J. Hammons, Dakota Mathias, and Vince Edwards in a rout of the Scarlet Knights. The Boilmakers bench also did not fail to impress by outscoring the Scarlet Knights 57-6. In the end, Eddie Jordan had words of inspiration for the Rutgers Men’s Basketball team.

“This is not gloom and doom right now,” Jordan said. “Anybody can paint it the way you want to paint it, but we have a job to do. We stay together, we keep our spirits up, the coaches are good enough to keep our spirits up in practice and we move forward.”

The Scarlet Knights will next take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Don’t forget to tune into 88.7 WRSU Sports Radio Station at 6:40 pm for live play by play!

Rutgers Falls to No. 3 Maryland, 88-63

By Jordan Farbowitz

First-half struggles doomed any chance Rutgers had at upsetting third-ranked Maryland, as they lost 88-63. The Scarlet Knights seemed out-of-sorts in the first half, making only six field goals, and at one point going over six minutes without scoring.

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The Knights were just not getting their shots to fall, and not helping their cause was the fact that they only had one offensive rebound in the first half, limiting their second-chance opportunities. There was also foul trouble early, as D.J Foreman and Greg Lewis both picked up three fouls in the first half. All of these factors led to them trailing 46-18 at the half.

Although Rutgers came out strong to start the second half, and actually outscored Maryland 45-42, in part because Terrapins star Melo Trimble sat out with a tight hamstring, their first-half performance was more than enough to prevent any chance of a real comeback. Despite not starting, Corey Sanders led all Scarlet Knights with 16 points. For Maryland, Jake Layman was the leading scorer with 18 points.

With the loss, Rutgers fell to 6-10, and remain winless in Big Ten play. Their next game is against Nebraska in Piscataway on Saturday. WRSU will have all of your coverage starting at 4:40PM as the Scarlet Knights look for their first Big Ten win of the season.

Second Half Surge Leads Rutgers to 72-64 Win over FDU

By: Nick Kosko

After a sluggish first half, Rutgers found their scoring touch in the second half in order to squeak by a physical Farleigh Dickinson team.

Freshman Corey Sanders paved the way in the final twenty minutes by taking over offensively and bringing the momentum back to the aid of the Scarlet Knights.

Sanders led Rutgers with 21 points including 4 three pointers in the second half to finally take the lead.

“We feel like all of the hard work is paying off and we needed guys to step up. We definitely feel like we accomplished that tonight,” Sanders said.

Going into the holiday break, it was of up most importance that Rutgers get a win for their confidence.

The team gets a few days off before getting back to work and getting prepped for their Big Ten Conference schedule.

“We needed this win. There is still some work to do so this time will be used for rest and recovery to get ready for these big conference games,” Sanders said.

Another freshman in Laurent produced a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, as he was key down the stretch to keep the Scarlet Knights ahead.

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Laurent, even off of the bench, saw more time than usual due to injuries and was thrust into being a full time forward.

Head Coach Eddie Jordan had nothing but praise for the Orlando product.

“Due to some injuries we moved Jonathan to forward immediately. He was able to move the ball around and create some good opportunities for him and his teammates,” Jordan said.

Rutgers was very sloppy in the beginning of the first half with far too many turnovers and missed opportunities in the offensive game.

The Scarlet Knights faced a 12-point deficit midway through the first half but managed to tighten up and cut Farleigh Dickinson’s lead to 29-27 at halftime.

“Defensively I wasn’t happy with how easily they scored at first,” Jordan said. “However, we turned it around and we got a satisfying win before the holidays with some good things down the stretch.”

Senior Center Greg Lewis had his best game of the season and showed true leadership by managing a double-double.

Lewis finished with a season high 10 points and a career high 14 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights.

“Any win is a good win but now we are building confidence especially for the young guys,” Lewis said.

The leadership that has been stressed throughout the season really shined as Lewis showcased and became a driving force for the team.

“As a team, it’s big for us older guys to lead and help the younger players understand what it takes to win at this level and I think we are doing that,” Lewis said.

For Coach Jordan, he’s expecting his players to be ready to get back to work for a grueling Big Ten schedule in the coming weeks.

“It was a good win and now there is time for recovery so our heads will be clear right after the holiday,” Jordan said.

 

Freshmen Shine to Stop Rutgers 4 Game Skid

By RJ Hampson

December 8, 2015

Piscataway, New Jersey

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights desperately needed a victory on Tuesday night. The team had lost 4 games in a row, including a 29 point loss to Seton Hall at the RAC last Saturday. The strong play of two freshmen lead the Scarlet Knights to a 75-59 victory over the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.

Freshman Corey Sanders was the Scarlet Knight’s leading scorer in this matchup. He scored 18 points and was a perfect 4-4 from beyond the three point arc. Fellow Freshman Jonathan Laurent was also a key contributor, scoring 15 points and knocking down 2 three pointers.

The Scarlet Knights got off to a shaky start, only scoring 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the first half. Rutgers managed to improve their play and took a 2 point lead at the end of the first half. The Scarlet Knights came out strong in the second half in large part to the bench. The Scarlet Knights bench accounted for 38 of the 75 points scored. Central Connecticut’s bench only managed to score 16 points for them.

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Central Connecticut had a big game out of Senior Brandon Peel. He managed to get a double double scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Austin Nehls also scored 12 points for the Blue Devils, knocking down 4 three pointers. The Blue Devils left Piscataway empty handed and are still seeking their first victory of the season. Their next game is against the Massachusetts – Lowell River Hawks on Friday December 18th.

Corey Sanders was terrific all around for the Scarlet Knights with 18 points, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds. However, the unsung hero of the game was Senior Bishop Daniels. He was second on the team in scoring with 17 points. He also had a breakaway steal that he finished with a slam dunk.

Jonathan Laurent came up with a solid performance on Tuesday as well. He was third on the team in scoring with 15 points. He was also injured during the game, but came back out to a large applause from the crowd. Deshawn Freeman and Shaquille Doorson did not play in the game due to injuries.

In the postgame conference, Rutgers Head Coach Eddie Jordan spoke about the play of the freshmen. Jordan: “We’re playing four freshmen sometimes and we’re sticking with that and hopefully they grow”. Jordan also said that right now Rutgers has, “A typical freshmen learning curve”.

The 29 point loss to Seton Hall last Saturday did not discourage the team. Jordan was unsure if there was a player’s only meeting, but he was pleased with the attitude they showed.  Jordan said, “They got together and I saw a lot of energy in practice”.

Jordan also spoke the injury to Deshawn Freeman. Jordan said that he will not be playing in Rutgers game this Saturday against George Washington. Jordan also mentioned that Freeman is being a team leader. Jordan: “I hear him chattering on the bench and saying really good things”.

The Scarlet Knights next game is Saturday December 12th at 4:30 P.M. They will face the 7-1 George Washington Colonels. The game will be broadcasted live on 88.7 WRSU and radio.rutgers.edu.

 

 

 

Chris Ash Named 30th Head Football Coach of Rutgers

12/07/15

Chris Ash and Rutgers agreed to terms on a $2,000,000 annual salary deal lasting 5 years. The contract has built in performance bonus and academic bonus incentives along with an increase of $100,000 towards base salary at the commencement of each contract year starting in 2017.

Ash, previously the defensive coordinator of Ohio State brings with him experience coaching in a national title game along with the promise of being a descendent of the Urban Meyer coaching tree.

Another interesting note of the contract terms is the base salary pool available for Ash’s assistant coaching staff. Each year, 2.75 million dollars will be allocated to assistant coaching compensation.

New Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs says, “He brings with him a national reputation for his coaching and recruiting abilities and, more importantly for his character and leadership. We could not be more excited to welcome Chris and his family to our Rutgers family.”

The thing that impressed Hobbs most about Ash was his belief and confidence in the abilities of Rutgers Football. “Our next coach needs to be a great ambassador for our university, someone who can lead young men, someone who can get our fans hopeful and excited again about Rutgers Football.”

“Chris Ash is the right man to lead that effort,” said Hobbs.

Chris Ash will be asked to rebuild a program that started off great in the Big Ten two years back with a 8-5 record, but fell to 4-8 this season, its second in the conference.

In a touching moment, Ash took a substantial amount of time to thank his family who has been with him right by his side the entire time.

In a message to everyone associated with Rutgers Football Ash stated, “we need to create some positive energy around this program. It’s going to take an extreme amount of work. It’s going to take a lot of the right people going in the same direction. Organizational alignment here, in this athletic department and this football program is going to be essential to our success. Everybody is going to have a role. And I’m asking that everybody be the best they can be at whatever job that is you have to do, for us, and this program to reach our goals of being one of the best football teams in a great conference here in the Big Ten.”

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“I want to build a first class program here,” concluded Ash.

Ash said this football program’s mission statement wont include anything about winning or championships, ”its going to include and talk about the environment were going to create to develop these players mentally, physically, and spiritually to reach their full potential and to be successful in life after football. If we can get that done the wins will come.”

“Chris Ash has a proven track record in the Big Ten and has earned the respect and praise of his student-athletes, his colleagues and his opponents,” said Rutgers President Robert Barchi.

President Barchi not only expressed his confidence in the new head coach but also thanked Hobbs for his extreme efforts his first week on the job.

Opinion:

Ash sounds like a man with a plan. Coach Ash clearly outlined what he wants to do and make happen at Rutgers. He understands the importance of a quality staff that can develop players. It seems like Ash has some people in mind he would want on his staff, but if current Rutgers assistants are on board with him he will be happy to take them on with what Rutgers football is trying to build.

What might be music to some Rutgers football fans ears is when Ash said “we are going to have an offense that can score points.” AD Pat Hobbs said he would have taped interview with Ash if he could have to demonstrate how much confidence he has in his new hire. Ash said he would not compare himself to anything that has happened in the past (Schiano) but respects what he did for this program, as he will now put his own stamp on Rutgers Football

Overall, Ash had a spectacular press conference. Confident, looked the part, said the things that needed to be said about the state of this Rutgers Football program. I’m eager to see his immediate recruiting impact and who the OC will be.

Things are looking up in Piscataway. #AshEra

 

-Dylan Mruczinski

Knights Top Razorbacks 60-40

By: Victoria Pojawis

PISCATAWAY, N.J.——- Vivian Stringer continues to make history as Rutgers Women’s basketball head coach. Stringer was honored before the game for becoming the all-time victories leader in basketball at Rutgers. Junior Tyler Scaife, was also presented her 1,000 point game ball before tip-off.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights came out with a slow start in the first quarter, as they trailed Arkansas in the first opening minutes, but were able to regain the lead over the Razorbacks who had a 2-5 record coming into the game.

The Scarlet Knights managed to keep the majority of the momentum on their side for the remainder of the game, which led to a 60 – 40 win.

It was a solid team effort, but Tyler Scaife and Kaleah Cooper were the stars of the game. Scaife managed to score a total of 24 points, with 1 rebound and 1 assist, while Copper scored 18 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

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Senior center Rachel Hollivay, who is now 5th on the Rutgers Women’s all time blocks list contributed to the win with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Sophomore guard Devin Cosper had the best game for the razorbacks, scoring 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Alecia Cooley contributed second best, scoring 8 points with 4 rebounds, but it was not enough to keep up with the momentum of the knights.

Arkansas struggles continue as they now drop to 2-6 on the season. Their upcoming opponents are Oral Roberts, Butler and Texas.

With Rutgers pulling out a victory against Arkansas, the Knights are off to a good start on their five game home stand. They advance to 6-3 on the season and look ahead to other upcoming opponents Iona, Savannah State, LSU and Big Ten conference opponent Minnesota.

 

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