Rutgers Knocks Off USF In American Opener
No. 7 Rutgers 72, No. 10 USF 68
Records: Rutgers 12-20, USF 12-20
Rutgers advances to the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship, where they will face No. 2 seed Louisville at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Louisville defeated Rutgers twice in the regular season.
Rutgers defeated the Bulls for the third time this season, previously winning 79-69 and 74-73 in the regular season.
The last two times Rutgers defeated an opponent three times in one season, Eddie Jordan was on the Scarlet Knight staff. In 1988-89 Rutgers beat St. Bonaventure three times when Jordan was an assistant coach. In 1984-85 Jordan was a volunteer assistant when the Scarlet Knights downed Duquesne three times.
Rutgers’ Myles Mack scored 16 points, reaching double-digits for the 26th time this season in 32 games
Rutgers’ Wally Judge scored 15 points, his third highest scoring game of the season and highest output against a conference foe, and his fourth double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) of the year.
Rutgers forward J.J. Moore scored 13 points, pushing him over the 1,000 point plateau for his career.
USF forward Victor Rudd moved into the top 10 in career scoring at USF with his game-high 22 points giving him 1,216 in his career.
USF’s John Egbunu passed B.B. Waldon for the most rebounds in a season for a USF freshman, collecting 198 boards this season.
USF did not make a three-point shot for the second time this season, snapping a 17-game streak with a made three pointer. The Bulls had a season-low four three point attempts.