Piscataway, N.J. (December 9, 2012) – Winners of five of its last six games, Rutgers (5-2) returns home to the friendly confines of the RAC to welcome George Washington for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Tuesday (Dec. 11) evening. It marks the first home game for the Scarlet Knights in 21 days, since an 81-79 victory over Boston University on Nov. 20. The contest against GW signals the first of four straight at the RAC for RU.
Fans attending the game versus the Colonials have the opportunity to help those in need by contributing to the toy & book, coat, or food collection drives taking place at the RAC. Fans are encouraged to bring a toy or book to help make the holidays happy for the boys and girls of local Head Start programs and families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Toys and books must be new and valued at $5-10 dollars for a three to five-year old boy or girl. In addition to the SAAC Toy & Book Drive, the RAA Coat Drive and RAH Food Drive will also be accepting donations. Fans are encouraged to donate new or gently used coats and non-perishable food items to help our neighbors in need during the cold winter months and to replenish local food pantries. Collection bins will be located at the entrances and in the lobby.
The game will be produced by the BIG EAST Network and will be televised live in the New York Metropolitan market on SNY, with Mike Corey calling the action and former Rutgers player (1968-71) and head coach (1988-97) Bob Wenzel providing the analysis. 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, as well as on Sirius channel 113. Bruce Beck will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Tuesday evening’s match-up marks the 41st meeting between Rutgers and George Washington on the collegiate hardwood dating back to 1977, with the Scarlet Knights holding a 22-18 advantage. The teams played annually as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference from 1976-77 to 1994-95. RU holds a 16-3 advantage over the Colonials in games played at the RAC. The last match-up between the two schools took place in the 1995 A-10 Tournament in Philadelphia, with the Scarlet Knights earning a 80-73 victory. Notable performances for RU against GW include Brian Ellerbee dishing out 14 assists in an 80-73 win at the RAC on Jan. 26, 1985 and Roy Hinson issuing 10 blocks in a 75-48 victory at the RAC on Feb. 26, 1983.
Rutgers is coming off an 81-73 win over Iona at Madison Square Garden last Saturday night in the annual Holiday Festival. Sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) led five RU players in double figures, as he shot 7-of-11 to score 19 points with a career-best seven rebounds. Junior guard Mike Poole (Rosedale, N.Y.) came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 field goals. Senior wing Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) had his 13th career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Scarlet Knights, who limited the Gaels to 38.1 percent (24-63) shooting, led by as many as 22 points in the second half, but had to hold off a late surge to earn the victory.
Mack leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (16-17 .941), while also placing tied for fourth in three-point field goal percentage (14-30, .467), 8th in field goal percentage (39-67, .582) & 12th in scoring (15.4). Miller is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST in FG% (24-40, .600). Sophomore guard Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) ranks third in the BIG EAST in FT% (32-37, .865) and 11th in scoring (16.0). Junior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) is seventh in rebounding (7.9).
George Washington (4-5), under the leadership of second-year head coach Mike Lonergan, is coming off a pair of tough losses after a 72-68 defeat at Bradley (Dec. 4) and a 65-62 home loss to Kansas State this past Saturday. Versus the Wildcats, GW battled through four ties and five lead changes in the second half, but were edged out in the final minutes. Senior forward Isaiah Armwood, a former BIG EAST player at Villanova, had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He leads the Colonials in both scoring (12.9) and rebounding (9.1).