PRINCETON, N.J. – Guard Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) shot 6-of-9, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc, to score 22 points off the bench in a 58-52 Rutgers (2-1) victory over Princeton (1-2) Friday evening at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Scarlet Knights out-rebounded their hosts by a 42-24 margin, while limiting the Tigers to 31.9 percent (15-47) shooting.
“It’s a good win,” said head coach Mike Rice. “They’re a good team. It’s Princeton at Princeton. We are going to face dynamic players like Ian Hummer game in and game out in our conference. Being able to follow the formula to slow him down was big for us.
“Some of our guys didn’t have the types of offensive performances that we would have liked, but it didn’t affect the way they defended or the way they played for their teammates. That’s a step forward.”
Fellow sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) also made 6-of-9 field goals, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, to supplement Carter with 16 points. The duo enabled RU to shoot an impressive 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from behind the arc. The long range outburst was a necessity, as the Scarlet Knights collectively shot 39.5 percent (17-43) from the field.
The second half play of senior power forward Austin Johnson (Elkins Park, Pa.) also proved key to the victory. With big men Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) and Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) hampered by fouls after the break, Johnson held down the paint while scoring five consecutive points during a critical stretch with under four minutes to play.
Princeton, who had won two straight in the series, jumped-out to an early 10-2 lead. Rutgers maintained its composure and remained within striking distance. A Mack three-pointer with 7:30 on the clock snapped an 18-18 tie to give the visitors a 21-18 advantage that they would never relinquish.
The Scarlet Knights entered the locker room at the midpoint with a 33-27 lead.
After the break, RU amped-up its gritty play and shut down Hummer, the Ivy League Preseason Player of the Year. He registered nine points in the initial 20 minutes, but posted a single point in the second half.
Senior wing Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) and Judge combined to score only one point for Rutgers, but made an impact on the defensive end. Miller had four blocks, while Judge, who saw just four minutes in the second half, grabbed seven rebounds.
The Scarlet Knights return to the hardwood on Tuesday (Nov. 20) to host Boston University in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the RAC. The game will be televised live via the web on ESPN3.
- Rutgers improves to 45-74 all-time against Princeton and 16-44 on the Tigers’ home floor. The win snapped a two-game losing streak vs. Princeton and provided Mike Rice his first victory against the Garden State foe in three attempts.
- Eli Carter had his sixth career 20-plus point performance and his first this season. It marked the 17th time he led the Scarlet Knights in scoring.
- Carter made a career-best six free throws on six attempts. He also sank a career-high tying four three-pointers.
- Dane Miller had four blocks. It marked his 19th career game with three or more blocks.
- Kadeem Jack played a career-high 21 minutes. He also tied his career-best with seven rebounds.