Piscataway, N.J. (December 26, 2012) – Winners of eight of its last nine games, Rutgers (8-2) welcomes Rider to the RAC on Friday (Dec. 28) for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Broncs will drive approximately 26 miles northeast for the contest, which is the final non-conference tilt of the season for RU. Originally slated for 7:30, the match-up was moved up to accommodate fans’ ability to view the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl. The Scarlet Knights have an opportunity to win their fifth straight game, their longest winning streak since capturing six straight in 2010-11 to also improve to 9-2.
The radio call of Friday’s game will be streamed live via the Rutgers Radio Network at ScarletKnights.com and will also be available on Sirius channel 93. Danny Breslauer will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Friday afternoon’s match-up marks the 16th meeting between Rutgers and Rider on the collegiate hardwood. The Scarlet Knights hold a 14-1 advantage in victories and have won the last two encounters. The last match-up occurred on Dec. 15, 2009 at the RAC, with Rutgers earning an 80-70 win in overtime. James Beatty shot 7-of-9 from the field, including 6-of-8 from behind the arc, to score a career-high 21 points. The Scarlet Knights are 12-1 all-time at home against the Broncs, including 9-1 at the RAC.
Sophomore guards Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) and Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) combined to shoot 14-of-29, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc, to score 35 points in a convincing 79-55 win over Howard last Friday (Dec. 21) evening at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights shot 60 percent (33-55) from the field for a second consecutive game. It marked the first time that RU has shot 60% or better multiple times in a season since 1998-99, when the Scarlet Knights shot 60% or better three times. Carter was 8-of-15 to post a game-high 20 points with three steals in 29 minutes. Mack made 6-of-9 field goals with four assists in 26 minutes. Twelve players saw action for the Scarlet Knights and 10 registered points. RU committed just nine turnovers, its second fewest miscues this season.
Mack leads the BIG EAST and ranks second nationally in free throw percentage (25-26, .926). He is also among the league’s best in three-point field goal percentage (second, 52.4), field goal percentage (fifth, 60.2), three pointers made (seventh, 2.2), steals (t-10th, 2.0) and scoring (12th, 15.9). Carter is second in the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (89.5) and seventh in scoring (17.1).
The Scarlet Knights rank 17th nationally in field goal percentage, shooting 48.9 percent as a team.
Rider (6-6), under the leadership of first-year head coach Kevin Baggett, is coming off a 62-45 loss at Princeton on Dec. 20. The Tigers made 54.2 percent of their FGAs, while limiting the Broncs to 36.4 percent (16-of-44) shooting. Junior guard Anthony Myles scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting for Rider, while senior guard Jonathan Thompson added 14 points. Myles is averaging 13.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and has a team-high 20 three-pointers. Thompson and junior guard Nurideen Lindsey are combining for 23 points and over five assists per contest.