By Matt Sugam
NEWARK – Rutgers defeated Seton Hall 56-51. Here’s what to take away from the game:
1. End of an era
And so ends the rivalry as we know it. Yes, Rutgers and Seton Hall both have said they will continue to play each other on a yearly basis, but this is the last time they’ll play as members of the Big East. And it ended in fitting fashion. Seldom do these two play games that are meaningful, and this was no different, as the two have now combined for just eight Big East wins. But at least it went down to the wire, like it always has in recent years.
2. It wasn’t Miller time
Dane Miller has been the Seton Hall killer over the last four years. Until tonight. He finished with just five points, one rebound, one assist and a turnover. A stark contrast to what Miller usually does against Seton Hall. While he’s known to have disappearing acts in games, he never did against the Pirates.
3. Pick pocketing
Taking care of the basketball wasn’t very good for either team. Turnovers were aplenty as Rutgers had 14 while Seton Hall had 19. However, the Scarlet Knights caused most of the Pirates turnovers with 12 steals.
Rutgers swept Seton Hall in the season series for the first time since 2000-01.
On the good turnout despite two struggling teams: “It’s why we should always continue to play. The press can make fun of it or whatever, but it’s important to the programs, it’s important to the fan base. Is it national news right now or even the biggest thing in New Jersey? No. But it is to these two programs and people want to see it.”
On sweeping Seton Hall for the first time since 2001-02: “That’s big. I didn’t know that…The rivalry as it ends, go out on top. That’s how Rutgers fans would want it.”