Cincinnati, Ohio (January 30, 2013) – Despite a combined 37 points from the backcourt trio of Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.), Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) and Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.), Rutgers dropped a 62-54 decision to No. 24/23 Cincinnati Wednesday night at Fifth Third Arena.
A late rally allowed the Bearcats to surge past the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 3-6), as UC outscored RU 40-24 in the second half. Rutgers hit just eight of its 26 second-half shots and committed 10 turnovers over the final 20 minutes.
“When they turned their intensity and defensive pressure up, we didn’t have a response,” said Rutgers head coach Mike Rice. “We had a lot of turnovers that led to their transition points and our lack of making field goals. Those things were critical to the game.”
Mack paced RU with 15 points, as Seagears and Carter each added 11. Cincinnati (17-4, 5-3) was paced by Sean Kilpatrick with 19 points and six rebounds. Cheikh Mbodj added 10 points for the Bearcats.
The Scarlet Knights started hot on both ends, scoring eight of the first 11 points and holding the Bearcats to 1-of-8 shooting from the floor while forcing three turnovers. Seagears hit a floater in the lane, a three pointer from the corner and junior Mike Poole (Rosedale, N.Y.) finished an 8-2 run with a trey from the top of the key to give RU a 16-7 lead with 10:01 to play in the first half.
After sustaining an 8-2 UC spurt, the Scarlet Knights built an eight-point halftime advantage, heading into the locker room with a 30-22 lead. Seagears and Mack combined for 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting over the first 20 minutes.
After Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) scored four points early in the second half, Cincinnati ripped off a 14-6 run to take its first lead of the game, 42-40, at the 11:07 mark. Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) answered with a put-back lay-in, but UC’s Justin Jackson used two dunks to give the Bearcats a four-point cushion they would not relinquish.
For the second time this season, Rutgers and Cincinnati concluded a contest with identical shooting percentages. Tonight, both squads made 37.5 percent (18-of-48) of their field goal attempts.
Rutgers returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 6, when the Scarlet Knights host No. 12 Louisville at the RAC. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. The contest will be televised live in high definition on MSG+.
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- Myles Mack posted double-digits for the 15th time this season and fifth time over the last six games with 15 points.
- The sophomore paced RU for the sixth time this year.
- Seagears posted double-figures for the second time this season and 12th game of his career with 11 points.
- In a starting role, Seagears is averaging 8.2 points.
- Eli Carter posted 11 points, his 16th double-digit scoring effort this season.
- Rutgers moves to 4-14 all-time against Cincinnati, including 3-7 mark in BIG EAST regular season play and 0-2 this season. RU drops to 1-7 on the road vs. UC.
- Head coach Mike Rice went with the starting lineup of Seagears, Miller, Poole, Judge and Jack – his eighth different starting lineup this season.
- It marked Mike Poole’s fourth start of the season and first since No. 20 vs. Boston University.
- Miller now owns 44-straight starts. The senior is 11 points away from 1,000 for his career.
- The six three pointers in the first half marked the most since Jan. 5, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh (six). It marked the third time this season that RU has hit six treys over the first 20 minutes.
- Of the nine players that saw action, five scored four-plus points.
- RU drops to 1-6 when shooting less than 40 percent.
- RU falls to 9-3 when three or more players post 10 points.
- Kadeem Jack paced RU with four rebounds. Jack has paced RU in boards a team-best eight times this season.
- Mike Poole and Wally Judge also grabbed four boards to help pace RU.
- The Scarlet Knights have had five different players lead the team in scoring over the last seven contests (Miller, Mack, Judge, Carter, Mack, Seagears, Mack).
- When committing more turnovers than its opponent, the Scarlet Knights fall to 6-7.