By Matt Sugam
Rutgers fell to DePaul 75-69 at All-State Arena. Here’s what to take away from the game:
1. DePaul is no pushover
While they’re at the bottom of the Big East, DePaul hasn’t been an easy win for a lot of teams. They’ve had a lot of games come down to the wire, most recently taking Notre Dame to overtime before playing Rutgers. With the win today, they notched their first Big East home win this season, as they ended a nine game losing streak. The Blue Deamons surrendered just 69 points after giving up 84 points per game this season.
2. Mack explodes
Myles Mack took over for Rutgers after leading scorer Eli Carter left the game early in the second half with a leg injury. He scored 16 straight points for Rutgers soon after Carter went down. The run was part of a career-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
3. Deep bench
Mike Rice went deep into his bench against Seton Hall, and it’s a trend he continued today. The third-year head coach mentioned in practice on Thursday that he’d like to use his bench more as the grind of the Big East reaches its final stretch. Rice went with a rotation that went 11 deep, and the bench scored 19 points.
Rutgers has a quick turnaround as they fly right to Philadelphia where they’ll take on Villanova on Monday night in a crucial game as they try to make a push for the NIT.
Quotes to come…
Head coach Mike Rice with play-by-play broadcaster Chris Carlin and color commentator Dick Lloyd on Rutgers Radio Network’s post-game interview:
On Carter’s injury: “It doesn’t look great right now. It’s a lower leg injury. We’re going to bring him back to New Jersey – to Rutgers – and have someone evaluate and do more specific [tests] to find the extent of the injury, but right now it doesn’t look good.”
“It was the lack of energy and the lack of intensity for the first 30 minutes that doomed this team tonight.”
On Worrell Clahar: “He showed what a senior leader is. He wanted it more than anybody on our team tonight and they wanted it more and it’s often the case in the Big East.”
“You got to make free throws and finish possessions off and we just didn’t do that and in this league you have to do those things.”