Rosemont, Ill. (February 16, 2013) – Despite a personal-best 28 points from sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.), the Rutgers basketball team dropped a 75-69 decision to DePaul Saturday afternoon at Allstate Arena.
Mack scored 16-straight points for the Scarlet Knights (13-11, 4-9), turning a 10-point deficit (60-50) into a two-point lead (66-64) with 2:42 to play. The sophomore shot a career-high 11-of-19 from the field, adding four rebounds and two assists and not committing a turnover.
DePaul (11-14, 2-10) had four players in double-figures, led by Worrel Clahar with 19 points. Brandon Young added 16 points and Cleveland Melvin chipped in 15.
Coming out of the locker room in a 32-32 deadlock, the Blue Demons opened the second half with a 10-2 run, including five points from Young, to hold a 42-34 advantage at the 17:25 mark. Rutgers came within four, 44-40, before DePaul ripped off 14 of the next 18 points to take its biggest lead of the game, 58-48.
After Mack pushed the Scarlet Knights to a two-point lead, DePaul scored 11 of the final 14 point to seal the victory.
DePaul jumped out to a 9-2 lead over the first three minutes of the game, led by five points from Melvin. Trailing by seven at the 11:48 mark, the Scarlet Knights used a 9-2 run – not allowing a field goal for nearly five minutes – to even the game at 20-20. Neither team would lead by more than five for the remainder of the half, as RU posted seven of the last nine points.
The Scarlet Knights travel directly to Villanova for a Monday night matchup against the Wildcats. The contest will be televised on ESPNU and is set to tip off at 9 p.m.
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- Mack broke his career high with 28 points and a personal-best 11-of-19 from the floor.
- For the seventh time this season – and second-straight –Mack posted double-figures in the first half. Rutgers moves to 5-2 when Mack scores 10-plus in the first half.
- Mack scored double-digits for the 18th time this season and 33rd of his career. The sophomore has scored 10-or-more in four of the last five games.
- Mack drained at least three three-point field goals for the 10th time this season.
- Rutgers moves to 5-4 all-time against DePaul, including 3-2 on the Blue Demons’ home court.
- Four of the last five meetings have been decided by six points or less.
- Wally Judge registered double-figures for the eighth time this season and first since St. John’s on Jan. 23 with 10 points.
- When wearing black uniforms under Rice, the Scarlet Knights drop to 2-2. This marked the second time this year and first time since Jan. 9 at St. John’s that RU has donned the black jerseys.
- Head coach Mike Rice went with the starting lineup of Mack, Carter, Seagears, Judge and Johnson for the third-straight game.
- Wally Judge owns the longest active starting streak at 17-straight games.
- Of the 11 players that saw action, nine scored.
- Judge paced RU in rebounding for the team-best 10th time this season with six boards.
- The Scarlet Knights drop to 5-7 when being outrebounded by their opponent (38-30).
- RU falls to 4-8 when less than three players post 10 points.
- For the 18th time this season, the Rutgers bench outscored its opponent (19-9).