PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (6-5) will be working to earn its third consecutive victory for the first time this season when it welcomes NJIT (4-5) to the Rutgers Athletic Center on Thursday (Dec. 22) for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Highlanders are one of four Garden State foes that RU will host at the RAC during its regular season schedule. Fans have the opportunity to purchase a “Family 4-Pack” in advance, which offers four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas at a discounted price of only $60.00 for the contest.
The game will be available live via the web at ScarletKnights.com on RVision presented by AT&T with Danny Breslauer and Adam Helfgott calling the action and with Alexa Datt as the courtside reporter. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers Radio Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Thursday evening’s game signals the fifth all-time meeting between the Scarlet Knights and the Highlanders in five consecutive seasons, with Rutgers holding a 4-0 advantage in the series. RU is 3-0 versus NJIT at the RAC, including a 66-54 win last season. Forward Gilvydas Biruta (Jonava, Lithuania) shot six-of-eight to score 20 points as the Scarlet Knights led from start to finish.
Rutgers is coming off a 67-58 win over Stony Brook this past Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in the MSG Holiday Festival. Freshman point guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 7-of-8 and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to score a career and game high 22 points. The Scarlet Knights limited the Seawolves to 26.7 percent (16-of-60) shooting. Biruta and freshman guard Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Rutgers shortened its bench for the contest, with seven players logging more than two minutes.
The Scarlet Knights rank 19th nationally, and third in the BIG EAST, in steals with 9.5 per game. Mack is 11th in the league and second among freshmen with 1.73 thefts per contest.
NJIT, under the leadership of third-year head coach Jim Engles, is fresh from a 78-50 home victory over St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) on Dec. 12. Junior guard Chris Flores scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. The Highlanders held a 32-25 lead at the break, before connecting on 69.2 percent of their second half shots. Senior team captain Isaiah Wilkerson is averaging 15.6 points-per-game to pace NJIT in the scoring column.