PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers (4-7) welcomes UNCG (5-5) to the RAC on Saturday (Dec. 14) afternoon for a 4 p.m. tip-off. The Scarlet Knights will be working to snap a four-game skid, while the Spartans will be looking to earn their second consecutive victory. The match-up marks the third of six consecutive home games for RU. At halftime, the young percussionist group “Drums of Thunder,” comprised of fourth and fifth grade students from the Hillside School in Montclair, will perform.
The game will be televised live via the web on ESPN3 with Jonathan Yardley calling the action and Mo Cassara 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.
Saturday afternoon’s match-up marks the second meeting between Rutgers and UNCG on the collegiate hardwood, with RU holding a 1-0 advantage. The Spartans are members of the Southern Conference. The Scarlet Knights have a 4-0 all-time record against SoCon affiliates. Last season, the Scarlet Knights defeated UNCG 87-80 at Greensboro Coliseum. Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) shot 9-of-11 to score 24 points, while also dishing-out five assists. The Scarlet Knights shot 57.4 percent (31-of-54) in the victory.
Mack shot 8-of-16 to score 21 points, his third consecutive game with 20-plus, but it was not enough as Rutgers dropped a 78-73 decision to Princeton Wednesday evening at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights shot a solid 50 percent (29-of-58), while the Tigers made an impressive 16-of-34 (47.1 percent) from behind the arc to earn the win in a game that featured 15 lead changes and seven ties. Mack was joined in double figures by redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) and senior forward J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.). Jack shot 6-of-9 to score 14 points, his 11th straight game in double figures, while also grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Moore was 4-of-7 to contribute 10 points.
Mack ranks seventh in the American Athletic Conference is scoring (16.0), fourth in three-point field goals made (2.1), fifth in steals (1.9) and eighth in minutes played (32.2). Junior guard Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9) and ranks sixth in assists (4.5). Jack is fourth in rebounding (7.3), sixth in blocks (1.4) ninth in field goal percentage (.559) and tied for 12th in scoring (14.5).
UNCG, under the leadership of third-year head coach Wes Miller, defeated Division II Claflin 75-70 in a Wednesday matinee at the Greensboro Coliseum. Sophomore Kayel Locke was 10-of-17 to score 25 points, as the Spartans shot 51.9 percent (27-of-52) and out-rebounded the visitors by a 42-28 margin. Redshirt junior forward Kyle Cain, a transfer from Arizona State, leads the Spartans and ranks seventh in the SoCon in scoring with 15.4 points-per-game.