Piscataway, N.J. (December 18, 2012) – Winners of seven of its last eight games, Rutgers (7-2) welcomes Howard to the RAC on Friday (Dec. 21) for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The contest versus the Bison is the second half of a holiday double-header, with the women slated to tip-off versus Stony Brook at 5 p.m. At halftime of both the men’s and women’s games, The Marvelous Mutts, a canine dog sport entertainment show, will perform. General admission seating will be employed for the doubleheader.
The game will be streamed live via the web on RVision presented by AT&T with Danny Breslauer calling the action and Mike Coburn 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 149. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Friday evening’s match-up marks the first meeting between Rutgers and Howard on the collegiate hardwood. The Scarlet Knights are 10-0 all-time against current members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. RU’s last game against a MEAC team was last season, when Rutgers defeated Hampton 66-52 at the RAC.
Rutgers is coming off an 88-79 home victory over UAB on Sunday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights made their initial 10 shots and 15 of their first 16 en route to shooting 60 percent (27-45). Guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) made 6-of-9 field goals, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, to score 23 points with five steals. Fellow sophomore Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) shot 4-of-8 to score 20 points with six assists. The St. Anthony duo combined to make 19-of-20 free throws. Senior wing Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Scarlet Knights led by as many as 25 points in the first half.
Mack was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 steals and 3.5 assists per game to help the Scarlet Knights to a 2-0 record last week while shooting 64.7 percent (11-17). He leads the BIG EAST and ranks tied for third nationally in free throw percentage (25-26, .962). He is also among the league’s best in three-point field goal percentage (second, 50.0), field goal percentage (sixth, 59.5), three pointers made (eighth, 2.1), steals (11th, 2.0) and scoring (12th, 16.0).
Howard, under the leadership of third-year head coach Kevin Nickelberry, is 3-9 after a 69-53 defeat at Oregon State Wednesday evening. The Beavers led from start to finish and limited the Bison to 38.5 percent (20-52) shooting. Senior forward Mike Phillips scored 15 points and sophomore wing Prince Okoroh added 13 for Howard. Senior guard Calvin Thompson leads HU in scoring with 13.8 points-per-game.