PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers (1-1) returns to the friendly confines of the RAC to host Ivy League member Yale (1-1) in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Thursday (Nov. 14) night. The contest is the third of a program-record eight regular season games in the month of November. Prior to the game, from 6:15-7:15 p.m., Rutgers soccer greats Alexi Lalas and Carli Lloyd will be signing autographs. A member of the United States Men's National Team between 1991 and 1998, Lalas is the only player in the history of the soccer program to earn three All-America honors and was the 1991 National Player of the Year. An Olympic gold medalist and member of the United States Women's National Team since 2005, Lloyd is the only Scarlet Knight to earn First-Team All-Big East Honors four times (2001-2004).
The game will be televised live via the web on ESPN3, with Jason Horowitz calling the action and John Celestand providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers IMG Sports Network, WOR 710 AM in New York and WCTC 1450 AM in New Brunswick. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
The Bulldogs have a 6-1 advantage in the series that dates back to 1918. Rutgers is 1-2 all-time at home versus YU. The last meeting took place at the RAC on March 14, 2002, with Yale escaping with a 67-65 NIT win, the Bulldogs first postseason victory in school history. Rashod Kent shot 7-of-8 to score 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for RU. Prior to that meeting, the teams squared-off in 1950, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1919 and 1918.
Rutgers is coming off a 79-76 defeat at Alabama-Birmingham on Monday night. Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) scored 12 points and dished-out nine assists, but the Scarlet Knights could not overcome a rebounding deficit that saw the Blazers establish a 26-10 advantage in second chance points. Mack’s helper total was most since Marquis Webb had 11 on Jan. 24, 2005 against Syracuse. Senior J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) scored 12 points, redshirt junior Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) added 11 points and redshirt senior Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) had 11 points and eight rebounds. RU committed just three turnovers, its least amount of miscues since turning the ball over three times against Pittsburgh on Jan. 8, 2005.
Jack was named the American Athletic Conference’s inaugural Player of the Week on Monday. Versus Florida A&M in the season opener, he shot 12-of-18 to score a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds (eight offensive) to help Rutgers to a 92-84 win at the RAC.
Yale, under the leadership of 15th-year head coach James Jones, suffered an 80-62 loss at No. 19/20 UConn this past Monday afternoon. Huskies’ guard Shabazz Napier had a triple-double, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, to thwart the Bulldogs. Sophomore Justin Sears, a member of the All-Connecticut 6 Preseason Team, had 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace Yale. Picked third in the Ivy League preseason media poll, the Bulldogs opened their season with a 93-77 win over Central Connecticut State.