PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Despite shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from behind the arc and having three players in double-figures, Rutgers (3-3) dropped a 72-62 decision to William & Mary (2-3) Saturday afternoon at the RAC. The Tribe scored the first 20 points after the break to defeat the Scarlet Knights, who had just eight scholarship players available.
Junior guards Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) and Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) combined to score 29 points. Seagears shot 5-of-8, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc, to register 15 points with two assists, while not committing a turnover. Mack was 3-of-5 from long range to score 14 points.
Redshirt junior Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) fell just short of another double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds. He also contributed four blocks and three assists while playing a team-high 34 minutes.
Rutgers led by as many as 12 points (29-17) in the opening half before taking a 33-24 advantage in to the locker room at the midpoint. The Scarlet Knights shot 46.2 percent (12-of-26), including 45.4 percent (5-of-11) behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes. The Tribe struggled from the field, depositing only 34.6 percent (9-of-26) of their field goal attempts and making just one of 10 shots from long range.
William & Mary scored both inside and outside after the break. Thanks to the 20-point run, the Tribe led 44-33 with 14 minutes remaining and never looked back. The visitors shot 58.3 percent (14-of-24) in the second half and made 4-of-7 three point attempts to earn the win. The Tribe augmented their hot hand by out-scoring RU 20-8 in the paint in the second half to establish a 34-16 overall advantage in the category.
Rutgers hosts Stillman College in a NIT Tip-Off Consolation Round game at the RAC on Monday (Nov. 25) at 7:30 p.m. The game will not be televised, but can be heard live on WCTC 1450 AM. The doubleheader begins with FDU and Norfolk State squaring-off at 5 p.m. The Scarlet Knights are in the midst of playing three games in four days and eight contests overall in a span of 19 days.
- Rutgers made 10 three-pointers in the game, a new season-high. It’s the most since RU totaled 10 at Seton Hall on Feb. 25, 2012.
- The Scarlet Knights shot 52.6 percent from three-point range for the game. That’s the team’s best mark since shooting 54.5 percent (6-of-11) vs. DePaul on March 12, 2013.
- Junior guard D’Von Campbell totaled a career-high four steals. His previous best was two, which he did twice, the last coming at New Mexico State (Nov. 19, 2011).
- Junior guard Jerome Seagears led RU with 15 points. It tied his season-high in points. It’s the second time this season and fifth time in his career that he led the team in scoring.
- Senior forward Wally Judge drew a charge in the second half, his team-high fourth of the season.
- Seagears’ four three pointers tied his career high. He also posted four vs. UConn on Jan. 27, 2013.
- Junior guard Myles Mack scored 11 first half points, his second most in a half this season. He posted 12 points in the second half against Florida A&M (Nov. 8).
- With 14 points, Mack has now scored in double-figures for the 42nd time of his career and fourth time this season.
- Mack made a season-high three three-pointers. His previous best was one (four times).
- The Scarlet Knights made five three-pointers in the first and second halves each, their most in a half this season. The previous high was four, which they did four times.
- Junior forward Kadeem Jack tallied 14 points, his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season and 11th of his career.
- Jack posted four blocks, giving him a team-best 11 blocks this season.
- Jack’s four blocks are a season-high. His previous best was three at UAB (Nov. 11).
- Jack drew his first charge of the season in the second half.
- Jack led RU with nine rebounds. It’s the fourth time this season and 15th of his career that he led the team in rebounds.
- Redshirt sophomore forward Greg Lewis recorded his first block of the season and fourth of his career. His last was vs. West Virginia on Jan. 14, 2012.
- Seagears scored the first Rutgers points of the game. Four different players have registered the first points for RU through six 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 sixth consecutive game.
Rutgers Head Coach Eddie Jordan
Opening Statement: “First of all, I would like to give a lot of credit to William & Mary. They did a great job. They were resilient even after being down in the first half. Our defense was decent at best. They came out and had a lot of faith and a lot of confidence and a lot of teamwork. That is how we like to play. We like to play just like that … sharing the ball, being resilient when our team is down. We like to play with a lot of discipline. A lot of credit to [William & Mary]. We didn’t play well. We didn’t have the personality. It was two teams going in two opposite directions in the second half.”
On working the system: “We have to be in the system a little longer to understand how to have faith in it. If our team saw what they did, then we would have faith in our similar system.”
On William and Mary’s harmony and effort: “[William & Mary] had more confidence and more discipline. They executed better. They made shots and they were patient. They shared the ball. They had harmony and effort. We had the opposite.”
On moving forward: “We have got to get better and it is going to be a process. We are looking at the whole picture. We have ideas, but we still have to have some patience. Do we make wholesale changes or do we make small changes? Well sometimes patience is the best medicine. So we will see.”
On the team’s overall performance: “We didn’t execute the game plan like we had done in previous games. We lost a lot of discipline and we didn’t have the personality. Our guys did try to get each other going.”
William & Mary Head coach Tony Shaver
Opening statement: "It was a good win for our guys. I thought we played a great second half. In the first half we played well defensively, but really struggled to score the ball, missing some layups. We had a really great start to the second half offensively which gave our kids confidence. I was pleased with our effort and energy and how we defended. I was also glad we had (Marcus Thornton) on our team."
On 20-0 run to start second half: "It was a 20-0 run? Wow. Basketball is a game of spurts and we played very well during that stretch. But they also missed some shots they usually make, as we also did in a first half. This game is such a game of confidence. Sometimes when you miss some shots, you start to doubt yourself. We were able to make them there."
On second half adjustments: "We talked about keeping energy high, which had been a little bit of an issue for us. And I wanted them to play with more confidence. We missed some open looks in the first half, leaving points on the floor. We just talked about playing with confidence. We think have a good team - we do have some guys out right now - but that energy carried us today."
On offensive scheme: "I thought we got some stops and some transition baskets, which always helps. They started switching screens in the second half and I thought our guys handled that well. Sometimes we have a tendency to get out of our offense when that happens. We had to walk the fine line in the final six minutes of staying aggressive, but pulling back to use clock. Julian Boatner did a great job of getting the ball to Marcus (Thornton) and he did a great job knocking down free throws. A lot of smart things were done in the second half."