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Rutgers comes back to beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-64

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the worst basketball games of all time, but then it wasn't.

The game started on a quasi-high note for the Scarlet Knights, as they jumped out out to a quick 4-0 lead. Greg Lewis had a wide open dunk for the points of the game. D.J. Foreman followed that up by sinking both free throws after being fouled hard. However, Fairleigh Dickinson got those points back and sunk a jump shot off a turnover to give them a 6-4 lead going into the first media timeout.

The two teams traded buckets to make the scored 10-9 going into the under-12 timeout. Bishop Daniels knocked down a 3-pointer after Omari Grier air balled one on a previous possession. At this point in the game, it was evident that it was going to be a long night.

Fairleigh Dickinson jumped out to a 19-9 lead and things weren't looking good. Rutgers was equally inept on both sides of the ball.

However, the Scarlet Knights were able to turn it around and use a mixture of tough layups and 3-pointers to close the gap and eventually tie the game. However, they failed to run a successful play to end the half and went into the locker room down 29-27 to FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON.

The second half was much of the same, as FDU held onto their lead untill Omari Grier MADE a 3-pointer to tie the game at 36.

Later in the game, Greg Lewis tied it at 42 with a mid-range jump shot. However, FDU sunk a triple soon after to gain back their lead. NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND, Corey Sanders made a three a few possessions later to tie it back up. The once-called worst game ever was turning into an intense competition. Rutgers held a quick 48-47 advantage before Farleigh Dickinson stole their lead back AGAIN.

A couple possessions later, Rutgers ran a great play to perfection and freshman Jonathan Laurent threw down a dunk to give Rutgers a 53-50 advantage.

While leading 59-57, Corey Sanders hit a wide-open three to give Rutgers a 62-57 lead. On the next possession, Jonathan Laurent dished a nice assist to Greg Lewis who buried a layup to give the Scarlet Knights a 64-57 lead. #BigTimeStuff

Rutgers never looked back and Bishop Daniels threw down a huge dunk to give Rutgers a 67-60 lead with about a minute left.

Rutgers closed out the game and made foul shots down the stretch to cap off a 72-64 victory. Corey Sanders led the way with 21 points and Greg Lewis had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. It was a great way for the Scarlet Knights to win.
They return to action December 28th against UMASS-Lowell at the RAC.