MEMPHIS, Tenn.– In the American Athletic Conference Championship quarterfinals, No. 7 seed Rutgers (12-21) concluded its season by falling to No. 5–ranked and No. 2 seeded Louisville (27-5), 92-31, at FedEx Forum on Thursday afternoon.
Junior guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) led the Scarlet Knights with eight points. Redshirt senior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Louisville scored the game’s first four points before Mack got Rutgers on the board with a jumper just inside the 3-point line with 18:40 to go in the half.
Down 6-2, RU went on a 5-0 run of its own, highlighted by a jump hook from Judge and a 3-pointer from Mack. The Scarlet Knights took a 7-6 lead at the 16:47 mark.
The Cardinals scored the next seven points, taking a 13-7 lead, before senior guard J.J. Moore (Brentwood, N.Y.) trimmed its deficit to three with a bucket from beyond the arc with 14:06 to go in the first.
UofL pushed its advantage to 26-10, scoring the game’s next 13 points. Redshirt junior forward Kadeem Jack (Queens, N.Y.) scored six-straight Scarlet Knight points extending to the 4:56 mark, but RU couldn’t close the gap as the Cardinals led 39-16. Louisville took a 58-16 advantage into the locker room at the midpoint.
The Scarlet Knights scored the first six points of the second half, which included a 3-pointer by Mack, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cardinals continued to pull away for the victory.
Louisville shot 45.7 percent (32-of-70), while Rutgers made just 24.0 percent (12-of-50) of its field goal attempts. The Cardinals also out-rebounded RU by a 50-33 margin.
- Senior J.J. Moore finished his collegiate career with 1,005 points and 335 rebounds in 127 games played.
- Redshirt senior Wally Judge totaled 667 career collegiate points and 534 rebounds in 115 games played.
- Judge grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. It marked the 13th time this season and 25th time in his career that he led the team in that category.
- Redshirt sophomore Stephen Zurich played a career high seven minutes. His previous high was six at Louisville (Feb. 16, 2014).
- Junior Myles Mack finished the season ranked 20th on RU’s career points list with 1,228. He is just three behind Kevin Black (1979-83), who is 19th with 1,231.
- Mack concluded the year in seventh on RU’s career steals list with 155. He is four behind Rick Dadika (1985-90), who is in sixth place with 159.
- Mack recorded 142 assists this season, the sixth best single-season mark in Rutgers history.
- Mack now has 291 career assists, 15th on RU’s all-time list. He is two behind Phil Sellers (1972-76), who is in 14th with 293.
- Redshirt junior Kadeem Jack finished the season with 79 career blocks, 17th on RU’s all-time list. He is three behind Hollis Copeland (1974-78), who is in 16th with 82.
- Eddie Jordan went with the starting lineup of forward Kadeem Jack, forward Wally Judge, guard Myles Mack, guard J.J. Moore and guard Jerome Seagears for the ninth this season.
- Rutgers moved to 1-14 all-time vs. Louisville.