By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – Rutgers lost their sixth straight game at the hands of No. 20 Georgetown 69-63 at the RAC. Here’s what to take away from the game;
1. Carter out of his slump
Eli Carter started to come out of his two-plus week slump in the first half against Louisville, but along with the rest of his team, he had a quiet second half. Today against Georgetown, Carter broke out, scoring 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting. And he did so without pressing and with a good shot selection.
2. Taking care of the rock
Turnovers have been Rutgers’ achilles heel all season. Too many turnovers have cost Rutgers several games, as they’ve averaged nearly 15 a game. It wasn’t the reason they lost today. The Scarlet Knights only tuned the ball over eight times against the Hoyas.
3. Paint problems
Rutgers’ front-court hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations all season. Today was another example. Georgetown nearly doubled up Rutgers’ points in the paint 34-18, with none of Rutgers’ bigs doing much offensively outside of Austin Johnson. And the Scarlet Knights ended up missing 21 shots in the paint.
Georgetown shot a lights out 57.4% from the field.
“In this league you have to make or create your opportunities. When you get those opportunities you have to finish them. There were too many missed opportunities – whether it be offensive rebounds, finishing [shots at the basket], a drive, a great possession. Georgetown is a very talented team and they don’t beat themselves. You have to go out and, again, and create opportunities.”
“We had passion and played for each other today. But when you lose, it takes the joy away from your everyday experience. You mope to class, you mope during training table, you’re fighting through practice because of the competition. When someone loses the competition you are not going to feel the joy or energy that winning gives. We have to get that back. The phrase ‘winning solves everything’ is a well-used phrase and it does. It brings the energy and joy. I like the compete we showed out there, but it doesn’t matter – you have to win.”
“We have to finish. We have to finish better.”
“There is a toughness. Now just finish the toughness. Reward yourselves with two free throws. Reward yourselves with a bucket. It’s a little frustrating.”
“In the Big East you just got to find a way to win and at the end they found a way to win.”