Geo Baker has been labeled as the face of the new era of Rutgers basketball.
On senior night, it was only right that he be the one to lead the Scarlet Knights and save their season.
Baker finished with 20 points and 10 assists on Wednesday night as Rutgers picked up a 74-63 victory over Indiana in Piscataway to creep even closer to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1991.
The Scarlet Knights entered this must-win contest against the Hoosiers with emotions running high. The bitter taste of the team’s previous loss to Maryland began coming back in the opening minutes. Indiana jumped out to a 23-8 lead midway through the first quarter but the Scarlet Knights were finally able to use the three-point line as a weapon.
It began with Baker, who logged four of his six makes from beyond the arc during a first half comeback that put the Scarlet Knights on top by four heading into the break. Ron Harper Jr. knocked down two of his first three shots from three and this was a welcomed sight for Rutgers.
Harper Jr. entered this game having gone just 1-for-27 from deep over the last seven games. He finished with 20 points on 8-for-12 from the field and knocking down four shots from three-point range.
Rutgers finished the first half on a 27-8 run and it continued in the second half. The Scarlet Knights were able to build a double-digit lead just three minutes into the second half and it ballooned to 20 with 6:38 left in the game.
This was the most complete performance we have seen in quite some time now. Myles Johnson logged 10 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks while Jacob Young contributed 10 points and seven assists. The Scarlet Knights dished out 22 assists on 30 made field goals.
This win brings Rutgers back to .500 in Big Ten play at 9-9. They made a statement in their final home game of the season. The Scarlet Knights will look to win at least one of their last two road games against either Nebraska or Minnesota. This would get them to their magic number of 10 conference wins and theoretically punch their ticket to the dance.