Piscataway, N.J. - On the heels of a three-game winning streak, Rutgers (3-1) takes flight for the Tar Heel State to meet North Carolina-Greensboro on Sunday (Nov. 25) afternoon in a 2 p.m. tip-off at 23,000-seat Greensboro Coliseum. The meeting with UNCG marks the second of four contests during a five game stretch to be played away from the RAC. The Scarlet Knights won at Ivy League-favorite Princeton on Nov. 16 and, after battling the Spartans, will travel to SEC-member Ole Miss (Dec. 1) and will play Iona at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8.
The contest 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 135. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. On the web, the game will be streamed live via Spartan All-Access at UNCGSpartans.com.
Sunday afternoon’s match-up marks the first meeting between Rutgers and UNC Greensboro on the collegiate hardwood. The Spartans are members of the Southern Conference. The Scarlet Knights have a 3-0 all-time record against SoCon affiliates, last defeating Elon 89-78 at the RAC on Dec. 18, 1999.
Rutgers is fresh from an 81-79 home victory over Boston University Tuesday night, which capped an historic day for Rutgers Athletics “On the Banks.” Guard 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, including a 4-of-4 in the final seconds. Defensively, the Scarlet Knights were paced by another sophomore in forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.), who grabbed a career-best eight rebounds in 15 minutes, as RU out-rebounded the Terriers by a 39-30 margin. The Scarlet Knights led from start to finish.
Carter leads RU in scoring and ranks 13th in the BIG EAST with 16.3 points-per-game, while also placing second in the league in free throw percentage (16-17, .941). Junior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) is the top rebounder with 9.0 boards-per-contest to rank fourth in the BIG EAST. Kone and senior forward Austin Johnson (Elkins, Park, Pa.) are tied for fourth in the Conference in field goal percentage, as both are shooting 66.7 percent (12-18)
UNCG (1-3), under the direction of second-year head coach Wes Miller, is coming off a 96-87 home loss to Virginia Tech on Monday night. Four players scored in double figures for the Spartans, who held a four point lead with six minutes to play. Senior forward Kelvin McNiel had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while junior swingman Trevis Simpson posted 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting.