PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers (4-3) shot 60.3 percent (41-of-68) and 50 percent (11-of-22) from behind the arc in a 116-89 victory over Stillman College in NIT Tip-Off consolation round action at the RAC on Monday evening. Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 8-of-12 and 5-of-8 from long range to score 23 points in the decisive victory.
Redshirt senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) and senior forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) also eclipsed 20 points in the win. Judge was 8-of 12 from the field to score 20 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds to notch his fifth career double-double. Moore made five of eight shots and three of four from behind the arc to register 20 points.
In total, six players registered double-figures for the Scarlet Knights, who posted their highest point total in a game since scoring 132 in a win over Keene State on Dec. 7, 1992. Junior guard D’Von Campbell (Arlington, Texas) continued his strong play by making 5-of-9 field goals to score 17 points. Junior forward Malick Kone (Conakry, Guinea) was a perfect 4-of-4 shooting to score 11 points. Redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) was 5-of-8 from the field to contribute 10 points.
The scoring effort was aided by junior point guard Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.), who dished-out seven assists.
The Scarlet Knights also won the battle on the boards by establishing a 52-32 rebounding advantage. As such, the home squad out-scored the visitors 56-22 in the paint.
Stillman remained close during the opening half in the high-scoring affair. Ahead by a slim, 48-45 margin with under four minutes to play before halftime, RU went on a 12-2 run to distance itself. The Scarlet Knights entered the locker room at the midpoint with a 60-51 advantage.
Rutgers scored the first 12 points after the break and never looked back. The Scarlet Knights wasted little time extending its lead to more than 20 points, where it remained for the majority of the second half. The final score signaled RU’s largest advantage of the contest.
RU freshman forward Junior Etou (Republic of Congo) saw his first collegiate action. He shot 3-of-5 to score six points, while grabbing eight rebounds.
Rutgers returns to action Tuesday (Nov. 26) at the RAC for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off versus Fairleigh Dickinson. The Scarlet Knights are in the midst of playing three games in four days and eight contests over a span of 19 days.
- The 116 points for RU were the most since the squad scored a school-record 132 points vs. Keene State on Dec. 7, 1992.
- The 116 points are the third most points Rutgers has scored in a game. (Dec. 7, 1992 vs. Keene State, W 132-83; Dec. 6, 1975 vs. Seton Hall, W 119-93; Nov. 25, 2013 vs. Stillman College, W 116-89).
- The Scarlet Knights had six players score in double figures (Campbell, Jack, Judge, Kone, Mack, Moore) for the first time since Nov. 17, 2011 when Seagears, Dane Miller, Mike Poole, Gilvydas Biruta, Eli Carter and Mack each scored in double figures in a 91-75 win over Sacred Heart.
- Rutgers shot 60.3 percent from the field, its best mark since shooting 61.1 percent vs. DePaul on March 12, 2013.
- Junior guard D’Von Campbell scored a career-high 17 points. His previous best was 12 vs. Drexel (Nov. 19).
- Senior forward Wally Judge posted a season-best 20 points in the game, with 13 of them coming in the first half. His previous season-high was 11 points, which he did vs. Canisius (Nov. 18) and at UAB (Nov. 11). He ended up two points shy of tying his career high.
- Judge has now scored 20 or more points in three career games.
- Judge also notched 13 boards, his fifth double-double of his career and second this season. The 13 rebounds are one shy of his career-high of 14.
- Junior guard Myles Mack posted a season-high and team-best 23 points, 15 in the first half, his best half of the season. He posted 12 points in the second half vs. Florida A&M in the opener on Nov. 8.
- Mack has now scored 20 or more points eight games in his career. It’s the first this season.
- Senior forward J.J. Moore recorded a season-best 20 points, one shy of tying his career high. He has scored 20+ points four times in his career.
- Freshman forward Junior Etou entered the game with 14:49 remaining in the first half, his first action of the season. He scored his first bucket on a layup at 11:57 in the opening stanza.
- Redshirt sophomore forward Stephen Zurich scored his first career point in the second half. He played a career-high four minutes.
- Mack 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.
- Eleven Rutgers players saw action, with 10 scoring at least one point.
- 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 seventh consecutive game.
Rutgers Head Coach Eddie Jordan
Opening Statement: “It was a game that our guys had to get a handle on. They (Stillman) play a different style. They were gunslingers in a good sense. They shoot deep threes, but they move. They’re athletic. We just had to kind of keep moving our feet, be patient defensively and follow the game plan. We did that for the most part. Once we didn’t turn the ball over in the second half, we got our transition defense right. It was poor in the first half. That was what we really had to get done. We had to get our transition defense done better. We had to contain the drives because we concerned about their shooting. We couldn’t turn the ball over. Our offense was in high-gear. I don’t know if it was because of our execution, but at least we saw some opportunities. We got some paint scores, which was big for us. I thought Wally (Judge) anchored that aspect of the game and we did a pretty good job overall.”
On if he likes having a game like this: “I always like the ‘W’. You’ve got to play the game. You don’t go into the game and say, ‘Ok we’re Rutgers and you’re Stillman; ok we have a W.’ You’ve got to earn it. We had to earn it. We didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot. They (Stillman) didn’t get the juice from threes and we kind of withstood some of their threes. We had to follow the game plan and be patient and be disciplined. We can always go tomorrow morning and show the tape, ‘Look, this is what we did very well.’ But, I’m not going to back down from a W. I like it.”
On how Junior Etou looked in his first action: “Junior, we sort of called it - he’s going to get fouls, quick fouls. He had to get the speed of the game. He was anxious. He did some good things. He is going to work. It’s going to be slow progress for him to get going.”
Stillman Head Coach Michael Grant
On experience gained: "I think games like tonight allow us an opportunity to see where we are as a basketball team. Having 13 scholarships versus five is a major difference and you could tell it took a toll on us tonight. We were just out-manned around the basket and we tried to match jump shot for jump shot. That run out on us unfortunately. When they started pounding around the basket we had no answer."
On taking the lead in the first half: "We were able to make some baskets and that got us the lead - that's the way we want to play, fast. When we went smaller Rutgers got smart and put in players that could guard us in the motion offense. I think that was a nice stretch where we were able to get the lead, but they adjusted and took the ball to the basket. They hit their open looks as well. The difference in the ball game was us not matching up with them underneath."
On offense: "Our style of offense is trying to go as fast as possible. We want to run the big men, but they slowed up and started pounding it at the basket to counter."