Piscataway, N.J.- The Rutgers University men’s basketball team (3-1) capped an historic day “On the Banks” by defeating Boston University 81-79 at the RAC. Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) scored 20 points, while fellow sophomores Malick Kone (Conakry, Guinea) and Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) contributed 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Carter, Kone and Mack all shot 50 percent or better from the field to spark the home squad. Carter made 5-of-10 field goals, Kone shot 8-of-10 and Mack was 5-of-10. Carter was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Defensively, the Scarlet Knights were paced by another sophomore in Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.), who grabbed a career-best eight rebounds in 15 minutes. Junior Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.), who shot 4-of-8 to score eight points, grabbed seven boards as RU out-rebounded the Terrier by a 39-30 margin.
The Scarlet Knights led from start to finish.
After the first media timeout, Rutgers held a slim, 10-8, advantage before scoring 20 of the contest’s next 24 points. The home squad built three, 18-point leads before the break, the final coming at the 5:27 mark after a Kone jumper to register 34-16 on the scoreboard.
A feisty BU squad, however, showed some bite and refused to go home without a fight. The visitors scored 18 points in the final five minutes, courtesy of the three-ball, and entered the locker room at the midpoint trailing 42-34.
The Scarlet Knights bent, but did not break over the final 20 minutes. The Terriers got to within a single point, 60-59, with seven minutes to go, but Rutgers responded with a pair of Kone jumpers.
BU (0-4) made a trio of three-pointers in the final 30 seconds to keep the score close, but RU went a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in the final second to secure the victory.
Rutgers shot 48.3 percent (28-58) on the evening, while the Terriers made 44.4 percent (24-54) of their field goals.
The Scarlet Knights return to the hardwood on Sunday (Nov. 25) afternoon with a 2 p.m. tip-off at UNC-Greensboro.
Rutgers vs. Boston University Postgame Notes
- RU had three players post double-digits with Eli Carter (20), Malick Kone (17) and Myles Mack (15) all scoring 10-plus. The Scarlet Knights move to 2-0 in 2012 when the team has three or more players score double-digits.
- The 12 three pointers by BU marked the most since Jan. 31, 2007 when RU allowed the same number vs. West Virginia.
- Malick Kone bested his career high by nine points and it was the first time the sophomore has scored in double-figures. He also posted personal bests in field goals made and attempted.
- Kadeem Jack broke his career high with eight rebounds. He has led the team in boards twice this season.
- For the third-straight contest, Eli Carter posted double-digits in the first half with 10 points. It marked the ninth time over his career Carter has scored double-figures over the first 20 minutes.
- Carter led the team for the 18th time in his career and surpassed the 20-point mark for the seventh time.
- For the third-straight game and 18th time in his career, Myles Mack posted double-figures. It marked the third time over his career (and second-straight) that the guard has scored 10-plus in the first stanza with 11.
- Seven Scarlet Knights posted five-plus points.
- RU totaled 15-or-more assists for the second time this season (17).
- The RU bench posted 51 of the team’s 81 points, the most under head coach Mike Rice.
- Rutgers moves to 13-5 all-time against Boston University in the first meeting since 1972. RU rises to 9-1 at home against BU.
- BU never led, signaling the first time since UMBC (Nov. 28, 2011) that the Scarlet Knights have led wire-to-wire.
Head Coach Mike Rice
Opening statement: “You take certain performances (from a game like this). You pick out what you like. You pick out Malick Kone, you pick out the first 14-15 minutes of the game and the purpose that we had. (We were) keeping the ball in the paint and working from inside out on offense. In the second half, (we didn’t do that). We need to work within the system. We need to trust the formula. They got hot. They spread us out. They did a tremendous job (with) smaller guards, a smaller team of spreading us out. We have to work on those types of things. We are a little more physical. We’ve always been the more aggressive. We’ve always been able to match up and now we’re not switching anymore.”