PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers (4-4) travels south down I-95 to Washington, D.C. to meet George Washington (6-1) Wednesday (Dec. 4) evening in a 7 p.m. tip-off at the 5,000-seat Charles E. Smith Center. The contest is the second and final road game on the Scarlet Knights’ non-conference slate. After squaring-off with the Colonials, RU will not play an away contest until Jan. 11 at Cincinnati. RU opened its season by playing eight games in a span of 19 days.
Wednesday evening’s game will be televised live in the New York Metropolitan market on SNY, with Byron Kerr calling the action and Glen Consor providing the analysis. On the radio, the contest will be broadcast live on the Rutgers Radio 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.
The match-up marks the 42nd meeting between Rutgers and George Washington on the collegiate hardwood dating back to 1977, with the Scarlet Knights holding a 23-18 advantage. The teams played annually as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference from 1976-77 to 1994-95. RU is 5-14 in games played on the Colonials home floor, including a 92-86 loss on Feb. 11, 1995. Last season, Rutgers earned a 68-65 win at the RAC in the first meeting between the schools since the 1995 A-10 Tournament. Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 5-of-8 to score 13 points, as the Scarlet Knights forced GW into 23 turnovers. As a senior at Rutgers in 1976-77, Eddie Jordan played the Colonials twice, winning both match-ups. Notable performances for RU against GW include Brian Ellerbee dishing out 14 assists in an 80-73 win at the RAC on Jan. 26, 1985 and Roy Hinson issuing 10 blocks in a 75-48 victory at the RAC on Feb. 26, 1983.
Senior forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) shot 8-of-14 to score a career-high 26 points, but it was not enough as Rutgers dropped a 73-72 decision to Fairleigh Dickinson at the RAC in the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round on Nov. 26. FDU shot 8-of-15 from behind the arc in the second half to capture the victory against an RU squad limited to eight scholarship players. Redshirt senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) joined Moore in double figures with 10 points, while also grabbing six rebounds. Junior guard Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) added nine points and dished-out six assists. Rutgers out-rebounded the visitors by a 38-32 margin to establish a 24-20 edge in points in the paint. Freshman forward Junior Etou (Republic of Congo) aided the defensive effort by issuing five blocked shots.
Rutgers redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.), who was sidelined against FDU, ranks fourth in the American Athletic Conference in rebounding (7.9), fifth in blocks (1.6) and tied for seventh in scoring (15.6). Seagears leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9) and is tied for third in assists (4.4), while Mack ranks third in steals (2.1).
George Washington, under the leadership of third-year head coach Mike Lonergan, had four players score in double figures and limited All-American Doug McDermott to seven points in a 60-53 upset of No. 20 Creighton's in the third-place game of the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim on Sunday. The victory was GW's first over a ranked opponent since 2005 (78-70 vs. No. 21 Maryland). Graduate student Maurice Creek, who played as an undergraduate at Indiana, leads the Colonials in scoring with 14.9 points-per-game.