PISCATAWAY N.J. (November 4, 2012) – In its first showing of the 2012-13 season, the Rutgers men’s basketball team defeated Holy Family, 92-52, in an exhibition contest Sunday afternoon at the RAC. Sophomore guard Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) paced the Scarlet Knights with 17 points on six-of-10 shooting, adding six rebounds and five steals.
Sophomores Jerome Seagears (Silver Spring, Md.) and Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) added 16 and 14 points, respectively. The duo also combined for 11 assists and shot 11-for-23 from the floor.
The Tigers were paced by Alberto Munoz with 21 points.
“I wouldn’t press that small of a team normally, but I’m trying to get to a pace where I think we’re going to play throughout the year,” said head coach Mike Rice. “We’re having trouble getting from our pressure defense into our half court, which is a little different. It’s more of a being the gap kind of defense. In the second half I thought we did a much better job of pressure into our regular half-court defense. That’s something we’ll work on.”
The Scarlet Knights headed into the locker room at the midpoint with a commanding 44-21 lead after forcing Holy Family into 10 first-half turnovers and holding the Tigers to 24 percent shooting. RU got hot to start the contest, going six-of-seven from the field over the first eight minutes to build a nine-point lead.
Seagears led all scorers in the first half with 11 points on three-of-six shooting. Carter knocked down four jumpers, adding two assists, to finish the half with 10 points.
Rutgers marched out to a 23-7 lead over the first 13 minutes, as seven different Scarlet Knights contributed to the run. With the score 17-7, Miller converted two technical foul free throws, then dished to a high-flying redshirt junior transfer Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) before Carter nailed a floater from the right wing to give RU a 16-point advantage and full control.
Senior wing Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) charged the hoop after a missed shot and threw home a booming put-back dunk with 52 seconds in the half, bringing the crowd to its feet. Eleven Scarlet Knights earned playing time in the first half, with nine scoring at least two points.
Holy Family put together a 17-4 run midway through the second half to pull within 11 points of RU, shooting six-of-nine from the field in the 4:17 stretch. It would prove to be the closest the Tigers would come during their surge, as a 29-5 Scarlet Knights run starting at the 8:16 mark built the lead back up to 90-52 with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
Mack paced RU during the run, scoring all 17 of his points in the contest during the stretch and going three-for-three from the charity stripe. Malick Kone (Conakry, Guinea) added four points of his own off two layups, while junior college transfer Vincent Garret (Chicago, Ill.), also scored four points.
The Scarlet Knights return to the RAC on Friday, Nov. 9 to open the regular season against St. Peter’s. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on SNY.
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