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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.

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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.

Rutgers Claims First Big Ten Win

By Lea Ginefra

With a full house last night at the RAC, the Scarlet Knights did not leave fans disappointed. Rutgers managed to grab a 50-46 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions for their first Conference win since joining the Big Ten. This team has only played one other conference game, against Northwestern, which ended in a disappointing 4-point loss last week.

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Senior Kadeem Jack helped propel Rutgers to their first-ever Big Ten conference win. (Photo Credit: scarletknights.com)

Head Coach Eddie Jordan shared that despite the previous loss to Northwestern, he is still proud of his team for showing “teamwork and willingness to defend.” He noted that defensive effort made by the Knights against the Lions was a big contributor to their win.

Rutgers effectively shut down Penn State’s normally-strong shooting game for a majority of the first half, holding them to single digits until about 12 minutes in. PSU only finished the half with 19 points, shooting 19.2%. The Lions are used to senior guard, D.J. Newbill, shooting lights-out so it was unlike him to go 4 for 17 for field goals by the end of the game. Averaging 21.9 points per game prior to this matchup, Newbill was the leading scorer in the Big Ten and 6th in the country among D1 players. It was also odd for the Lions to finish with a low score of 46, when they average 72 points per game overall.

Coach Jordan noted that his team’s energy “fed off” of the continuous missed shots from Penn State. With a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, senior forward Kadeem Jack hustled to prove why he holds the position of co-captain and is 3rd in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds. Along with Jack, Myles Mack, Junior Etou, and Greg Lewis each contributed 7 rebounds to aid the Knights in their win.

As for notching the program’s first Big Ten win, Coach Jordan kept it short and sweet. “Losing is misery and winning is a relief,” was his message in the post-game press conference. He refrained his excitement, but said that he is, “happy for the kids and for the program.”

The team expected to win, and thankfully they were right. They advance with a 1-1 record for conference games, and a 9-6 record overall.

The next game will take place January 8th away against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 9 p.m. Tune in to WRSU 88.7 FM and radio.rutgers.edu for live coverage.

Rutgers Men Edged by Northwestern in Big Ten Debut

By Vincent Caggiano

The newest chapter of Rutgers men’s basketball history got off to a similar start as the football team’s did this past fall – with a very tough, hard-fought loss that went down to the wire.

The Scarlet Knights dropped their inaugural Big Ten matchup this afternoon to the Northwestern Wildcats, 51-47 at the RAC.

Similar to the football team’s loss to Penn State in September in which quarterback Gary Nova threw five interceptions, a key offensive player for the Scarlet Knights struggled in his first Big Ten action today as well.

Senior forward Kadeem Jack failed make a single field goal in the matinee, and scored just two points on 0-8 shooting.

Despite averaging the second most minutes per game on the team, the senior rode the pine for all but 18 minutes this afternoon and was left out of the starting lineup.

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It was a disappointing Big Ten debut for the Scarlet Knights. (Photo Credit: Jim O’ Conner, USA Today Sports)

“He was late for breakfast,” said Coach Eddie Jordan on his reasoning for why Jack entered the game later than usual and was absent down the stretch. “We’re trying to build a program the right way, and that’s one of the steps you have to take.”

Though Jack failed to contribute much to the Scarlet Knights this afternoon, fellow senior co-captain Myles Mack thrived in his first Big Ten action.

The 5’9” guard filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, four assists, and a season-high seven rebounds. Mack also came up with a clutch steal and converted a fantastic circus layup on the other end with 1:38 remaining to cut was once a nine point Wildcat lead down to three.

That steal and layup was the exclamation point on a nearly 11 minute stretch in the second half in which Rutgers did not allow a basket.

“We just dug down and defended,” Jordan said on the run. “We’d been a good defensive team all year … That stretch when we had a lot of stops and they were stuck on 44 for a while, that was a good character effort by the guys that were out there.”

Unfortunately for the home team, the effort may have been too little, too late, and the Scarlet Knights were forced to begin fouling, down by four with the shot clock turned off.

Perhaps the final nail in the coffin came when Wildcat guard Bryant McIntosh received an in-bound pass with 15 seconds left, but found a wide-open Tre Demps at the other end of the floor before he could be trapped or fouled by either Mike Williams or Shaquille Doorson. Demps threw down an uncontested two-handed dunk to put Northwestern up by two possessions with nine seconds left on the clock.

“[Not trapping McIntosh] was just a freshman mistake,” Jordan said. “Our freshmen, Shaq [Doorson], and Mike Williams, and D.J. [Foreman] are going to be prominent in our growth, and they’re going to make mistakes like that. You have to live with their mistakes.”

Demps and McIntosh did a majority of the damage for the team in purple, combining for 33 of the Northwestern’s 51 points. The Wildcats improved to 10-4 on the season with the win.

With the loss, Rutgers fell to 8-6 on the season, and, just like the Rutgers football team, began Big Ten conference play with a 0-1 record.

Men’s basketball will seek revenge on the school that spoiled the football team’s Big Ten debut, and try to earn their first Big Ten win in their next matchup on Jan. 3 against Penn State, at 7:30pm, at the RAC.

Mack, Williams Too Much For Sacred Heart

By Sean Griffin

The Rutgers Men’s Basketball team rebounded from a tough loss against St. Francis University of Pennsylvania and cruised to a 79-54 win over Sacred Heart at the RAC on Tuesday night. The team improved its overall record to 7-5 with the win and captured its third win all-time against Sacred Heart.

The Scarlet Knights were led on both sides of the floor, thanks to a tremendous effort and play from freshman guard Mike Williams. Williams led all Knights in scoring with 22, along with creating havoc on the defensive end by coming up with 4 turnovers. The Sacred Heart Pioneers, who came into this game winners of 5 of their last 6, dropped to 6-5 overall on the season. The Pioneers were led by junior forward Tevin Falzon, who finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman point guard Cane Broome, who finished with 12 points.

Head Coach Eddie Jordan was very impressed with the overall play that he received from Williams, saying, “He’s been solid defensively for us. We put him on their {Sacred Heart’s} best player, but offensively, it was his cutting and his driving that created some great shots and scoring opportunities for him”.

The Knights were also led by senior point guard Myles Mack, who finished with 19 points and 4 rebounds, along with dishing out 6 assists. The team began the game shooting 4 of 8 from the field and shortly after the first media timeout, the Knights blew past the Pioneers with an early 11-4 run. Led by a very stout matchup zone defense, the Knights pressured and forced a number of deflections and turnovers against an anemic Pioneer offense; en route to a 20-9 lead halfway through the first half.

Following a second timeout, the Pioneers rallied with a 9-0 scoring run of their own, which included two of their only three made three point attempts from guard Phil Gaetano and forward Steve Glowiak. It was also during this time when Jordan decided to go to the bench to give his younger players some much needed in-game experience and his starters a breather.  However, after several inconsistent offensive possessions and miscommunication defensively, all four players were quickly subbed back out for the original starting group of Mack, Greg Lewis, Junior Etou, and Williams. From there, the Knights held the Pioneers to only 2 more points for the rest of the half, closing the first half out on a pivotal 12-2 scoring run, and holding a double digit lead at halftime for only the second time this season.

Perhaps the highlight from the first half of action was guard Bishop Daniels’ aggressive drive and ferocious slam off a ball screen from Lewis that ignited the over 3,900 fans on hand. Daniels would go onto finish the game with 6 points in 14 minutes of action.

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Freshman Mike Williams led the way for Rutgers with 22 points (Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

In the second half, the Knights came out of the locker room determined to put the game away for good. Jordan stressed the importance of finally having an overall and complete performance, especially at home. “I didn’t think we had one of those overall performances at home all year, whether we’ve been leading at half or giving the lead up in the second half, and today was finally overall a good performance at home for us, so our focus was good”.

RU began the half on a 10-2 run, creating turnovers on the defensive end and turning them into quick points. Offensively, the Knights ran through some new sets, spreading out the floor, having post players set high ball screens for the guards, allowing for Mack and Daniels to penetrate and attack through the heart of the Pioneers’ defense. Regarding the offensive performance as a whole, Jordan mentioned, “That’s what we need to have. We don’t have to settle for three’s and jump shots. We can get to the paint”.

The Knights would pull away with a little over 6 minutes remaining in the game, following a Mike Williams baseline drive- and- kick pass out to an open Malick Kone at the top of the key for a three, putting the Knights ahead by 26.

The Scarlet Knights’ staunch effort defensively held Sacred Heart to a season low 27.3% shooting, in addition to forcing 18 turnovers. The Knights shot 48.4% from the field and only gave up 9 turnovers.

In spite of the dominant performance, Jordan mentioned that there are some areas of improvement for the team moving forward. “We have to stop fouling and work on our rebounding, but our defense was sticky enough to where we got them in a low percentage”.

Foul trouble did hinder the Scarlet Knights in the early minutes of the first half, allowing for Sacred Heart to gain easy points from the line to make up for their offensive struggles. The Pioneers went 6 of 8 from the line in the first half, and finished 21-31. Senior guard Kadeem Jack picked up two quick fouls, and found himself on the bench for an extended period of time. Jack only played 17 minutes in the win, finishing with 9 points and 5 rebounds on 3 of 8 shooting. Mike Williams and fellow forward Malick Kone also found themselves in foul trouble, each picking up 3 fouls, despite having significant impacts on both ends of the floor.

The Scarlet Knights were also outrebounded once again by a mid-major Division 1 school, as the Pioneers held a 45-40 advantage in that department. The Knights came into the game with one of the worst rebounding margins in the Big 10, at -3.1, and opponents have averaged at least 1.5 rebounds more per game against them. When asked about the lack of production on rebounding thus far, Jordan commented, “There’s no rebounding drill that would really help fix this problem. You just have to get guys to stick their nose in there, and just have to make your mind up and go get it”.

Following scheduled off-days for the Christmas holiday, the team will regroup on Friday in preparation for their final out of conference game at Monmouth on Sunday afternoon before officially beginning Big 10 conference play at home against Northwestern on December 30.

 

Rutgers Skims Past New Hampshire

By Lea Ginefra

After a tough loss to in-state rival Seton Hall on Saturday, the Rutgers men’s basketball team managed to finish with a 4-point victory over the University of New Hampshire last night at the RAC.

With a current season record of 5-2 coming into the game, the UNH Wildcats have lost all three of their last encounters to the Scarlet Knights. Despite this fact, they came to the RAC hoping to continue their 4-game winning streak. The Wildcats also had some edge with a 75% free throw percentage this season.

Through out the night, the sloppy play from both teams kept fans wondering who would actually take the win. With the biggest lead spanning to only 9 points by Rutgers, the possessions were frantic, and back-and-forth.

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Myles Mack led Rutgers to a win against UNH. (Photo Credit: Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY)

If not for the help of Rutgers senior point guard and co-captain, Myles Mack, finishing with 1/3 of the team’s points, there’s no way the outcome would have been what it was. His leadership ability shined through when it was necessary, driving through the paint and hitting quick jumpers. Defensively, Mack’s game was pretty strong as well, finishing with 7 defensive rebounds. He has proved to play a strong role offensively, regardless of his team’s play.

In the postgame press conference, Head Coach Eddie Jordan was more than happy to praise Mack on his performance. He said, “He does so many things for us. He keeps us organized, he scores when we need him, he makes free throws, and he’s defending his butt off.” Coach Jordan goes on to say how Mack’s defense in underrated, but definitely not going unnoticed.

Unlike Mack, other senior co-captain Kadeem Jack had a bit of a tough game in terms of his offese. He went 3 for 9 with 2 free throws, but only managed to score all of his field goals in the first half.  And although Jack leads the league in offensive rebounds, he only had one the entire game. The forward also contributed 9 defensive rebounds, seven of the teams 15 turnovers, and four blocks.

New Hampshire’s freshman forward Tanner Leissner lets offense of the wildcats with a total of 15 points. Sophomore guard Daniel Dion also chipped in 13 points.

Now that Rutgers successfully broke the winning streak of UNH, they face their next challenge against Manhattan this Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Tipoff is at 12 p.m.

Mack’s Late Surge Stymies St. Francis Comeback

By Dominick Savino

Three-year captain Myles Mack lived up to his billing Sunday night, launching a late-game scoring surge to lead the Rutgers men’s basketball team (2-1) to a 76-73 victory over the Saint Francis-Brooklyn Terriers (0-3) in what proved to be a more hotly contested game than the 1st half indicated.

From the tipoff, the Scarlet Knights were firing on all cylinders. The Terriers attempted to slow the Scarlet Knights’ high-tempo offense at the start of the game by applying relentless full-court pressure, but Rutgers succeeded in breaking the press and jumped out to an early 9-2 lead. By the midway point of the 1st half, Rutgers held a commanding 24-14 lead, thanks in part to six traveling violations by the Terriers in the first six minutes of the game. The Terriers clawed themselves back into the game, cutting the deficit to as little as 7, but three Myles Mack steals in the last four minutes helped push the lead into double digits. As time expired in the first half, a corner 3-pointer by freshman forward D.J. Foreman sent Rutgers into the locker room up 45-32, the largest lead of the contest.

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Senior Kadeem Jack was impressive in his season debut tonight. (Photo Credit: AP)

Out of the intermission, St. Francis looked like a completely different team, as strong post play by forwards Amdy Fall and Kevin Douglass sparked a 24-11 Terrier run during the first 10 minutes of the half and leveled the score at 56. With 9:09 left in the game, a corner 3-pointer by guard Gunnar Olafsson gave Saint Francis its first lead of the night. However, with 6 minutes left, Myles Mack brought Rutgers back to life, scoring 5 points in less than a minute to give the Scarlet Knights a slim, one-point margin. The lead would change hands five times following Mack’s go-ahead layup, until the Scarlet Knights took it back for good with 26 seconds left. Two Myles Mack free throws made the score 75-73, and stout Rutgers defense during the Terriers’ last possession forced them into a poor shot from behind the arc that fell into the lap of Junior Etou.

Myles Mack was by far the Scarlet Knights’ key player, scoring a team-high 25 points and picking up a career-best 8 steals to go with 5 rebounds. His constant defensive pressure and quick hands in the passing lanes were the prominent reasons behind the Terriers’ 21 turnovers, and his perfect 8-8 performance from the line helped seal the deal for the Scarlet Knights late in the 2nd half.

Lost in Mack’s performance and the hard-fought win was the return of senior forward and co-captain Kadeem Jack, who made his first start and appearance this season after sitting out the team’s first two games with a right thumb injury. He finished the game with 13 points on 5-11 shooting and 5 rebounds, all on the offensive glass. When asked about Jack after the game, Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan said, “We had to monitor his minutes, see how his stamina and conditioning was. But he made some big-time shots off the glass tonight.”

The Scarlet Knights’ win Sunday comes at an important point during the early part of the season, as it brings the team over .500 before it enters a stretch of 4 games in 7 days that includes road matchups against Vanderbilt and Clemson.

The Rutgers men’s basketball team plays its next game on Tuesday, November 25 at the RAC against St. Peter’s University. Tipoff is at 7:00pm, and coverage begins on WRSU 88.7 FM at 6:45.

Etou, Daniels Propel Rutgers to First Win

By Lance Glinn

The Rutgers men’s basketball team improved their record to 1-1 with a 17-point victory over the Farleigh Dickinson Knights 61-44 in front of a small crowd of 4,102 at the RAC Wednesday night. Junior guard Bishop Daniels led Rutgers with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field in 34 minutes. Sophomore forward Junior Etou also notched his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes played for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights led throughout most of the game with Farleigh Dickinson’s only lead being 2-0 with 19:17 left in the first half.

Although Rutgers accomplished their first win of the season, the team failed to close out and bury Farleigh Dickinson, as turnovers again plagued the Scarlet Knights. With 18 total turnovers in the game by Rutgers, 11 of which came in the second half, Greg Herenda’s Knights were able to claw their way back into the game, cutting the lead to 7 with 4:30 left to play on a Matt Macdonald layup.

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Transfer Bishop Daniels scored 18 points for Rutgers in their first win of the season. (Photo Credit: Mel Evans, AP)

Myles Mack took back all momentum on a three pointer at 3:49 of the second half from the middle of the key with no time left on the shot clock to bring the lead back to double digits. Coach Eddie Jordan, happy that a shot like that went in Rutgers favor, said postgame that, “We’ve had those happen to us in the past. Even last year, they hit a three at the end of the clock that was a big shot for them. But you’ve got to get lucky sometimes, and you work hard for your luck.”

Coach Jordan went on to praise both Etou and Daniels for their leadership and outstanding play during the game saying “They were great, I hated to take them off the floor. Bishop made some great plays, just fundamentally sound plays, and Junior was just a stud defensively, guarding guys in the post, 4’s and 5’s and 3’s, and guarding on the perimeter”.

This was certainly a magnanimous game for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensively, holding Farleigh Dickinson’s two leading scorers, Matt Macdonald and Mustafaa Jones, to a combined 19 points and the Knights to 30 percent shooting on 18 for 60 from the field, and holding them to only 8 attempted free throws.

Rutgers was again without star forward Kadeem Jack and Coach Eddie Jordan is unsure if he will be available for the Scarlet Knights’ next game, saying that “we have a day off tomorrow, so Friday he will get on the floor with his team and see how it goes, and hopefully he is ready for Sunday”.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights return to the RAC on Sunday, November 23rd, against the St. Francis – Brooklyn Terriers in their opening game of the Barclays Classic. Tip off is scheduled for 5:00 PM and will be broadcast on WRSU 88.7 FM.

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