PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as Rutgers (3-2) was unable to find its rhythm in a 70-59 loss to Drexel (3-1) Tuesday evening at the RAC. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights will now host NIT Tip-Off Consolation Round double-headers at the RAC on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25 and 26, with the opponents still to be determined.
Junior guard D’Von Campbell (Arlington, Texas) also performed well for the home squad, shooting 4-of-6 off the bench to score 12 points in 20 minutes of action.
The Scarlet Knights were never able to finds their shot against the gritty Dragons. RU made 39.6 percent (21-of-53) of its field goal attempts, while Drexel deposited 45.1 percent (23-of-51) of its shots. The visitors also established a 36-34 rebounding edge.
Four players registered double figures for the visitors, including Tavon Allen, who posted a game-high 21 points. The DU bench out-scored the RU bench by a 24-13 measure.
Scoring was limited in the opening half. The Scarlet Knights entered the locker room at the midpoint facing a 27-22 deficit.
After the break, Rutgers appeared as though it would get over the hump. Trailing 39-30 with 14:27 to go, RU responded with an 11-3 run to get within one, 42-41, on a Campbell layup. Unfortunately for the Scarlet faithful, the home squad would get no closer. Drexel scored 13 of the game’s next 15 points and never looked back.
Rutgers returns to the hardwood this Saturday (Nov. 23) in a 2 p.m. tip-off versus William & Mary at the RAC. The game will be available live via the web at ESPN3.
- Junior guard D’Von Campbell set a new career high with 12 points. His previous high was 11 with UTEP at New Mexico State on Nov. 19, 2011.
- Junior forward Kadeem Jack notched a team-best 13 points in the contest and led the team with 10 rebounds. It’s the third time this season he has led the team in rebounds and 14th time of his career. It’s the third time he led the team in scoring.
- Jack recorded his fourth double-double of his career and third this season.
- Jack has now been in double figures scoring in every game this season and 10 times in his career.
- Senior J.J. Moore scored 10 points, his fourth time in double figures this season and 27th time of his career.
- Junior guard Jerome Seagears tied his season-high with five rebounds in the game. He had done it twice before, including vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 8) and vs. Canisius (Nov. 19).
- Redshirt sophomore Stephen Zurich saw action for the second time this season, grabbing his first career rebound.
- Junior guard Myles Mack scored nine points in the first half, his most in the opening half of a game this season. His previous best was eight in the first half vs. Yale (Nov. 14).
- Senior forward Wally Judge drew two charges in the first six minutes of the game.
- Jack scored the first Rutgers points of the game. Four different players have registered the first points for RU through five games – Seagears, Jack, Mack and Judge.
- Eddie Jordan went with the starting lineup of forward Kadeem Jack, forward Wally Judge, guard Myles Mack, forward J.J. Moore and guard Jerome Seagears for the fifth consecutive game.
Rutgers Head Coach Eddie Jordan
Opening Statement: “We played a team that was well coached. They played very well. They have been playing that way in their system for a while. They have good size, great athletes, shooters, guys who could knock it down. We just didn’t play as well as we would have liked. They were the better team and we were out-coached and out-played.”
On a teaching tool to take away from this: “We’re trying to learn how to play physically with some poise. It was a very physical game. It got emotional for a few stretches there. They kept running their system and they kept coming at us and we have to learn to do the same thing. It’s my job to keep our guys in attack mode, being physical at the same time and playing with some intelligence and some alertness and seeing how to play basketball. That’s what we kept saying (at every) timeout and timeout, ‘Look, this is not a wrestling match. This is not a boxing match. It’s physical, but you have to make basketball plays.’ I didn’t think we made enough plays when we had to.”
On if his players got rattled in the second half: “Well again, it’s the same thing I was just talking about. We have to learn how to play with some physicality, play with some emotion, and yet play basketball and not get outside of what we’re supposed to do. We didn’t execute some fast breaks. We didn’t make some plays in the open court. We didn’t flow and get to our spots and run our offense. Again, I’ve got to get them to do that. Certainly (Drexel) did. That’s a well-coached team.”
On Drexel’s Tavon Allen: “We targeted everybody. We knew their strengths and their weaknesses and he came off of screens very well. He separated himself using screens very well. He made maybe two with a hand in his face and maybe a couple where he separated himself. It’s good to have a shooter like that, that can come off screens and knock it down and have that type of confidence. He understands where he is going to get his shots in the offense and that’s something that we’re learning. They’ve been running their system, I would believe, for a while. Bruiser (head coach James Flint) has been there for (12) years. So, it’s a good system they run. They are very well coached.”
On his team’s shot selection as a whole: “I thought in the second half we got the ball in the paint and look, (Drexel) did a good job. They made us play not as well as we would like to play. They have athletes. They are aggressive. They got it to us. They were physical. On the whole, we didn’t play well, we didn’t shoot well, we didn’t execute well.”
Drexel Head Coach James "Bruiser" Flint
On the improvement of Tavon Allen: "He's got more confidence. We always knew he could do what he does. After the UCLA game, I told him, 'my man, I saw a different player in the preseason.' I know he can score the ball, but he has to have the confidence to do that every night."
On balanced scoring: "If we are going to be a good team, we are going to need that to happen. We just have to stay consistent and if someone gets in foul trouble, others are going to have to step up. I want my guys to stay aggressive."
On mentality going into the game: "We talked about not stepping back tonight. We want to keep moving forward - playing smart and tough."
On advancing to Madison Square Garden: "It's good. I'm happy for the guys. We have some guys from there. This is a big opportunity playing in primetime against a strong opponent. The NIT is one of the major tournaments. To have Drexel on TV is big time."
On adjusting to foul trouble: "We are going to have to. Everyone in the country is going to be in foul trouble for the first few months of the season. We have to adjust to it."