Piscataway, N.J. (November 14, 2012) – Rutgers (1-1) makes the 23-mile drive on Route 1 South to meet Garden State foe Princeton (1-1) Friday evening in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Ivy League-member Tigers are the first of four opponents the Scarlet Knights will play away from the RAC during the non-conference slate. RU plays five contests this season versus New Jersey foes.
The game will be broadcast live on the Rutgers Radio Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick, as well as on Sirius channel 113 and XM channel 192. Bruce Beck will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game. On the web, the contest will be streamed live for a fee at GoPrincetonTigers.tv.
Princeton holds a 74-44 overall advantage in victories, while Rutgers is 15-44 all-time on the Tigers’ home floor. Princeton has won the last two meetings in the series. RU has faced the Tigers in every season since 1996-97 and has 11-6 mark during that span. The 1995-96 campaign marked the only season that the teams failed to meet since 1926. In the last match-up at Jadwin Gymnasium, the Scarlet Knights suffered a hard-fought, 78-73, overtime loss in what was Mike Rice’s first game at the RU helm. Mike Poole (Rosedale, N.Y.) and Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) both had 14 points in the defeat. Last season, Rutgers endured a 59-57 loss to Princeton at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights overcame a 17-point, second half deficit to take two late leads but could not finish the comeback. Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) shot six-of-12 to score 17 points in the defeat.
Rutgers is fresh from convincing 88-62 victory over Sacred Heart Monday evening at the RAC. Redshirt junior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) had his second double-double in as many games, scoring 11 points on five-of-six shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds. He became the first player to begin his RU career with consecutive double-doubles since Syracuse transfer Keith Hughes in 1989. The Scarlet Knights shot 54.4 percent (37-68) and dished-out 20 assists, while limiting the Pioneers to a 36.4 percent (24-66) mark from the field. RU capitalized on its size and strength advantage to score 56 points in the paint and issue 10 blocks. Thirteen players saw action for RU and 11 posted points, including 10 players with four points or more.
Princeton, under the leadership of second-year head coach Mitch Henderson, is coming off a 67-66 home loss to Northeastern Tuesday night. The Tigers had an 18-point second half lead, but the Huskies banked in a layup with two seconds left to escape with the victory. Senior forward Ian Hummer, a first-team All-Ivy League pick last season and favorite for Ivy League Player of Year, had a career-high tying 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, with six offensive rebounds and five assists in the loss. Princeton, picked first in the Ivy League preseason poll, returns three starters and 11 players who saw game action in 2011-12.
After wins against Rutgers the last two seasons and Florida State last year, Princeton is looking to defeat a major-conference opponent in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999-2000.