By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – Rutgers fell to No. 15 Marquette 60-54 at the RAC. Here’s what to take away from the game:
1. Same old Rutgers
As Rutgers season began to spiral, it’s been a similar story just about every game. A solid first half, followed by a lapse or two (or a few) in the second half that costs them the game. That was the case again tonight as they saw their 10 point first half lead chipped away by Marquette before surrendering the lead with 3:05 to go and never coming back.
2. Lights out shooting…by the half.
Rutgers shot 58.3 % from the field in the first half before shooting at a 36% clip in the second half. Meantime, they held Marquette to just 35.7% shooting in the first half before the Golden Eagles shot 57.1% from the field.
3. Randall emerges
Slowly but surely, Derrick Randall has came on for Rutgers down the stretch after seldom seeing minutes early in the Big East season. His development culminated in a solid offensive performance tonight with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. He also chipped in with three rebounds and three blocks.
Rutgers has now lost 11 of their last 12 games.
“There was a lot of hurt and disappointed individuals in that locker room. I told them they deserve to be happy for how hard they’ve worked without the results. How hard they keep practicing for each other, for the staff.”
“It was a real emotional night…I just wish me and Dane could have went out on a better note.”
On how he feels right now: “A little numb. It’s kind of weird that I’ll never have another game here.”