PISCATAWAY, NJ - Eric Riggins, a 6-8 forward from Paterson, who starred at Rutgers from 1983-87, was has been elected to the Rutgers Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Riggins was honored in a halftime ceremony at today’s Rutgers-Seton Hall game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Riggins, who graduated from Passiac Tech High School, developed into a virtually unstoppable offensive force as his career progressed. The extremely quick 6-8, 205-pound Riggins blended an assortment of crafty, low post moves with an uncommonly soft touch.
He scored 1,604 career points, which ranks seventh on the all-time Rutgers scoring list. In 1986-87, his senior season, Riggins put together one of the finest offensive seasons in school history. That year, he averaged 24.7 points per game, fourth all-time in RU history. He finished the season with 692 points, the third-best single-season total ever at Rutgers. He scored 20 or more points in a game 21 times that season, and eclipsed the 30-point mark eight times.
He finished his RU career by scoring 20 or more points in 14 consecutive games. His 245 made field goals in 1986-87 are fifth all-time. His 200 free throws made and 256 attempted are both second all-time.
On the afternoon of February 21, 1987, he poured in 51 points vs. Penn State at the RAC, to tie fellow Hall of Famer Bob Lloyd for the most points ever scored by a Rutgers player. His 19 made field goals that day also tied a school record.
Riggins will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Rutgers Post-season Awards Banquet on March 28.