PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers (3-2) hosts CAA-member William & Mary (1-3) Saturday (Nov. 23) afternoon in a 2 p.m. tip-off at the RAC. It marks the first afternoon contest of the season for the Scarlet Knights, who are playing a program record eight regular season games in the month of November. It’s “Post Game Foul Shots” day on Saturday. Children ages five through 12 will have the opportunity to take free throws after the game.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live via the web on ESPN3, with Jonathan Yardley 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.
Rutgers and William & Mary have met five times on the collegiate hardwood in the 1970’s, with the Scarlet Knights holding a 5-0 advantage in victories. Rutgers is 3-0 all-time at home against the Tribe. The last meeting occurred on Jan. 10, 1978 at the RAC in the truncated pyramid’s inaugural season, with RU pulling out a 79-71 victory. As a player at Rutgers, current head coach Eddie Jordan averaged 10.0 points-per-game in three contests against the Tribe, including a 14-point performance as a junior in a 100-90 win during the 1975-75 Final Four season.
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 was unable to find its rhythm in a 70-59 loss to Drexel Tuesday evening at the RAC in NIT Season Tip-Off Regional Round action. 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 find 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.
Jack ranks ninth in the American Athletic Conference in scoring (17.0), fifth in rebounding (8.8) and 12th in blocks (1.4).
Junior Marcus Thornton became the 35th player in William and Mary men’s basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone, but the Tribe suffered an 80-69 home loss to High Point Wednesday night. W&M placed three players in double figures and knocked down 10 three-pointers, but could not overcome a 42-31 rebounding advantage and 51.6 percent shooting by the visitors. Thornton, who averages a team-best 20 points-per-game, scored 18, while senior forward Tim Rusthoven led the Tribe with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting.