PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (4-5) welcomes Garden State foe Seton Hall (5-3) to the RAC on Sunday (Dec. 8) evening for an 8 p.m. tip-off in the annual “Turnpike Tussle.” The contest is the first in an eight-year agreement to continue the series at alternating home sites through 2020. Rutgers baseball great David DeJesus, who played at RU from 1998 to 2000 and helped the Scarlet Knights win two BIG EAST Championships, will sign autographs before the game from 6:45-7:45 p.m. He recently completed his 11th major league season, reaching the playoffs with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Sunday is also “Football Ticket Discount Night,” as any fan that presents a Rutgers Football ticket can purchase a ticket for just $15.00. In addition, fans wearing Rutgers Football jerseys will be entered into a raffle to win an autographed Kyle Flood football. Any fan that presents a Rutgers Football bowl ticket stub, or paraphernalia, will be entered into a raffle to win a Rutgers Football Experience Package. Other contests will include prizes for the Rutgers fan that presents the oldest ticket stub and the ticket stub from the Rutgers Football game furthest from Piscataway. To enter raffles, fans must visit the Rutgers Ticket Sales Table, located on the concourse of the RAC prior to tip-off.
The game will be televised live nationally in high definition on ESPNU with Eamon McAnaney calling the action and Tim Welsh 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, as well as on Sirius 85 and XM 85. Chris Carlin will serve as play-by-play announcer and Dick Lloyd will provide commentary. WRSU (88.7) will also broadcast the game.
Sunday evening’s contest marks the 65th meeting between the schools on the collegiate hardwood dating back to 1916, with Seton Hall holding a 35-29 advantage in victories. Seventeen of the last 19 meetings have been decided by six points or less or in overtime. The Scarlet Knights have won three straight and four of the past five match-ups. Rutgers is 16-15 all-time at home versus the Pirates. As a player at Rutgers, Eddie Jordan was 2-1 versus against SHU. In the last meeting, Rutgers downed the Pirates 56-51 at the Prudential Center on March 8. Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) posted 15 points, while Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) added 10 points in a contest that featured seven ties and 12 lead changes. RU helped force 19 SHU miscues, leading to a 25-9 advantage in points-off-turnovers.
Rutgers is coming off a 93-87 loss at George Washington Wednesday night. Mack shot 8-of-12 to score a season-high 26 points, while Seagears made 9-of-13 field goals to post a career-best 23 points. The junior guards were both 5-of-7 from behind the arc, but the efforts were not enough to overcome a 40-22 scoring discrepancy in the paint. Redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) was 6-of-8 to contribute 12 points, while redshirt senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) added 10 rebounds. Both teams shot better than 50 percent, but the Colonials captured the victory via a 68.2 percent (15-of-22) performance in the final 20 minutes.
Jack ranks 10th in the American Athletic Conference is scoring (15.1), tied for sixth in rebounding (7.3), ninth in field goal percentage (.565) and tied for fifth in blocks (1.5). Seagears leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0) and ranks fourth in assists (4.7). Junior guard D’Von Campbell (Arlington, Texas) is fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.515) and Judge is fifth in rebounding (7.8).
Seton Hall, under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Kevin Willard, defeated LIU-Brooklyn 92-81 Thursday evening at the Rock. Brian Oliver scored 26 points to lead four Pirates in double figures. Eugene Teague had 17 points and 16 rebounds. Senior guard Fuquan Edwin, who leads the Big East in steals and entered the LIU contest as SHU’s leading scorer, suffered an ankle injury and is expected to be sidelined Sunday evening.