Syracuse, N.Y. (January 2, 2013) – Sophomore guard Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) shot 7-of-13 and 5-of-10 from behind the arc to score 19 points, but it was not enough as Rutgers (9-3, 0-1) dropped a 78-53 decision to No. 7/7 Syracuse (13-1, 1-0) Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome. The Orange utilized a 24-0 run over the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to earn the victory in the BIG EAST opener for both schools.
It marked the seventh time this season that Carter paced the Scarlet Knights in the scoring column.
Sophomore forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) complemented Carter by grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. The Scarlet Knights established a 38-34 advantage on the glass.
RU battled early, taking its only lead of the game, 20-18, on a Carter jumper with 8:19 to play in the opening half. Syracuse was then able to find its flow, ripping off a 21-0 run to end the stanza. James Southerland scored all seven of his first-half points over the span.
Carter paced the Scarlet Knights in the first half with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor.
The Orange entered the locker room at the midpoint with a 39-20 lead.
The two teams exchanged baskets over the first six minutes after the break, but the Orange pulled away once again with an 8-0 spurt to take its largest lead of the game, 62-33, at the 12:26 mark. The Scarlet Knights would score 13 of the next 18 points to close the gap to 21 (67-46), but would get no closer.
RU was limited to 36.4 percent (20-55) shooting, while Syracuse deposited 28 of its 61 field goal attempts (45.9 percent).
SU was paced by senior Brandon Triche, who had 25 points and six assists. Michael Carter-Williams posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. C.J. Fair added 15 points for the Orange, who provided head coach Jim Boeheim his 903rd career victory to move into second place on the all-time Division I career wins chart.
Rutgers opens its BIG EAST home slate with a match-up against No. 22/24 Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the RAC. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on ESPN2.
• Eli Carter (19) has recorded double-figures in each of the last 11 contests.
• The sophomore posted 10-plus points in the first half for the fifth time this season and first since UNC-Greensboro.
• Kadeem Jack grabbed a career-high 13 boards. It marked the first time the sophomore has notched 10-plus boards and the fourth time this season he has led the team in rebounding.
• Carter broke his career highs in three pointers made (five) and attempted (10).
• Syracuse used a 21-0 run to end the first half and take a 39-20 lead into the break. Over the run, RU went 0-for-12 from the field.
• Rutgers moves to 2-16 in BIG EAST openers. RU drops to 9-39 all-time against SU.
• The Scarlet Knights have grabbed equal-or-more rebounds in eight games this season, including outrebounding the Orange 38-34. The Scarlet Knights drop to 4-2 when outrebounding their opponent.
• RU shot .364 from the field, the worst shooting percentage since Saint Peter’s on Nov. 9 (.358).
• The 53 points scored by Rutgers marked the lowest scoring total since Saint Peter’s.
• For the fourth time this season, RU had less than three players score in double-digits. Rutgers moves to 2-2 in those contests. It marked the first time since Villanova (3/6/12) that RU has had just one player post double-digits.
• Dane Miller dished out five assists, his second-straight game with five-or-more helpers.
• For just the second time this season, RU shot fewer free throws than its opponent (1-1).
Head Coach Mike Rice
Rutgers vs. Syracuse
January 2, 2013
On Syracuse’s run: “Lack of response (is what went wrong during the run). We are really good when we are scoring and things are going our way. It’s just that this team’s response and their toughness (is lacking). We lack the energy, we lack the toughness. There are going to be some bad things that happen, whether it is missed shots or turnovers – which you can’t have against Syracuse, but we had. What are you going to do? How are you going to respond defensively? That is what limits their runs and our defense was a no-show after we stopped scoring.”
On the offensive troubles: “At the 14 minute mark of the Ole Miss game, it was the same thing. We stopped defending. As (Austin Johnson) just said, we stopped doing the little things defensively - whether it’s proper hedge, jumping to the ball, helping the helper - we just lose that energy and that toughness, that passion to defend. This team has to get that. When we are making shots and things are going well, this team is pretty good, but when it gets knocked back, the response is varied and you can’t have that in this league.”
On Myles Mack: “(Syracuse) pushed out on Myles and didn’t give him a lot of good looks early. Myles had a tough game last game. He has a bad cold that he’s fighting off right now. But he has to take care of the ball more. When you’re not scoring, he still has to defend, he still has to do the small things. Right now he’s not doing that and we have to get him back to where he was playing, and I have confidence he will.”