PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers (3-1), the No. 4 seed, hosts No. 8 seed Drexel (2-1) tonight (Nov. 19) in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at the RAC in NIT Season Tip-Off North Regional action. Prior to the game, No. 6-seed Elon and Canisius square off in a 5 p.m. start. If the Scarlet Knights defeat the Dragons they will advance to play the winner of No. 1 seed Arizona versus No. 5 seed Rhode Island, being played tonight in Tucson, in the Tip-Off semifinal round at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27. There will also be Championship and third place game at MSG on Nov. 29. If Rutgers suffers a defeat against Drexel and does not advance to the championship round in New York, it will host a pair of NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round double-headers at the RAC, to be played Nov. 25 and 26.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live via the web on ESPN3, with Jonathan Yardley calling the action and Rob Kennedy 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.
Rutgers and Drexel have met 14 times on the collegiate hardwood, with the Scarlet Knights holding a 13-1 advantage in victories. Rutgers is 12-1 all-time at home against the Dragons. The last meeting occurred on Nov. 20, 2009 at the RAC in the Legends Classic, with RU pulling out a 58-56 victory. Gregory Echenique had 16 points and 14 rebounds, including a left-handed layup at the buzzer to cap the win.
Junior guard Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) scored 15 points and dished-out a career-high nine assists to help Rutgers to a 66-51 victory over Canisius in the Tip-Off late game on Monday evening. Redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) and senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) both had double-doubles for RU. Jack had 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Judge scored 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed 12 boards. Junior guard D’Von Campbell (Arlington, Texas) also reached double digits for the home squad. He made 4-of-8 field goals off the bench to contribute 10 points. Both teams shot under 40 percent, but the Scarlet Knights were buoyed by a 50-37 rebounding advantage. Junior forward Malick Kone (Conakry, Guinea) aided the effort, snagging seven rebounds, including six off the offensive glass.
Chris Fouch scored a team-high 22 points and Bruiser Flint became the winningest coach in Drexel history as the Dragons defeated Elon, 71-64, in the Tip Off early game Monday night. Flint, now in his 13th season, picked up his 214th win at the school and the 300th of his career, passing Drexel legend Sam Cozen for the top spot in the record book. Flint's squad led from wire to wire after opening up a 6-0 lead and holding the Phoenix scoreless for the first six minutes of the game.