Robert Lumpkins knocked the ball away and was off the races. Out ahead of the pack, he saw no one between him and the net. He leapt, dunked, and hung on the rim. Rutgers was up 22-21, the momentum was shifting.
However, earlier in the game, Rutgers had been warned twice regarding two Gilvydas Biruta dunks.
The refs called a technical and the Hawks went on a 12 pt run.
More after the jump...For the rest of the game, Rutgers was in comeback mode. They scrapped and clawed, and were able to cut the defecit to one at least once. Mike Coburn lead the team with 13 points, and Biruta followed with 12. However, the Scarlet Knights went 6-18 from three point land, and never really seemed to get on track offensively.
Dane Miller had a tough night offensively and defensively. Saddled with foul trouble two minutes into the game, Miller was only able to score two points and four assists before fouling out.
RU never felt like it got in a flow on either end of the court. They were outrebounded by eight. Guards Langston Galloway and Carl Jones gave RU fits, scoring 20 and 21 points respectively.
It was a tough night all around for the Scarlet Knights, who'd been on quite the roll coming into this game.
Next up: NJIT on Wednesday at the RAC.
EDIT: Rivals has been posting Mike Rice postgame conferences. Here's the one from the St. Joe's game.