Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers (0-1) hosts Northeast Conference member Sacred Heart (1-0) Monday evening in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the RAC. The Pioneers will drive approximately 95 miles south from Fairfield, Conn. for the meeting. The contest is the second of seven non-conference games RU will host during the regular season. Rutgers faculty/staff and Rutgers University Alumni Association members can receive a $10.00 discount for the game, with mezzanine tickets available for just $15.00. Please call the Rutgers Fan Relationship Management Center 1-866-445-GORU to order.
The game will be streamed live via the web on RVision presented by AT&T with Danny Breslauer calling the action, Mike Kuhn providing the analysis and with Alexa Datt as 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.
Monday evening’s match-up marks the second meeting on the collegiate hardwood between the Scarlet Knights and the Pioneers. Six players scored in double figures to help Rutgers to a convincing 91-75 victory over Sacred Heart on Nov. 17 at the RAC last season in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge. The Scarlet Knights shot 63.0 percent (34-54), including a sizzling 80.8 percent (21-26) mark in the second half, en route to scoring its most points since a 91-84 home win over Marquette on Feb. 12, 2006. Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) shot seven-of-11 to score a game-high 17 points, while then fellow rookie guards, Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) and Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Monday’s game signals the third contest in Rutgers men’s basketball history to be played on Nov. 12. The Scarlet Knights are 1-1 on the date. In the last outing, RU suffered a 78-73 overtime defeat at Princeton in 2010, in what was head coach Mike Rice’s first game at the helm.
Rutgers endured a 56-52 defeat to St. Peter’s this past Friday night in the season opener at the RAC. Redshirt junior Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in Scarlet. RU shot just 35.8 percent (19-53) and committed 18 turnovers in the defeat. Judge was three-of-five from the field and five-of-seven from the charity stripe, while playing a team-high 33 minutes. Senior wing Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) complemented Judge by shooting four-of-five en route to nine points with 12 rebounds. Senior forward Austin Johnson (Elkins Park, Pa.) also scored in double digits, posting 10 points on five-of-seven field goals with five rebounds. The Scarlet Knights, who played eleven men in the first half, out-rebounded the Peacocks by a 43-22 margin.
Sacred Heart, under the direction of 35th-year head coach Dave Bike, overcame a 24-point second half deficit to defeat Yale, 85-82, in overtime Saturday evening in West Hartford in the Connecticut 6 Classic. Redshirt senior guard Shane Gibson shot 11-of-21 to score 29 points and provide Bike the win in his 1,000th career game. The Pioneers return four starters from last year's team that finished 14-18 overall and returned to the Northeast Conference Tournament after a two-year absence. SHU was picked to finish sixth in this year's NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll and Gibson was a Preseason All-NEC selection after leading the league in scoring in 2011-12.