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Sanders leads Rutgers to 67-58 OT win over Northwestern

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — While Corey Sanders’ offense will be shown on the highlight reel, coach Steve Pikiell focused on his star guard’s defense in Rutgers’ 67-58 overtime victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night.

”The heck with the offense, I thought his defense was spectacular the whole night,” Pikiell said, adding, ”He was confident and he had a little swagger tonight and that’s how I want him to play.”

With senior captain Deshawn Freeman benched, Sanders had a game-high 30 points to lead Rutgers’ effort at the RAC.

Sanders, who kept the Scarlet Knights (13-15, 3-12 Big Ten) alive all game, hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime tied at 56.

”I just ended up really open,” Sanders said. ”I didn’t understand how open I was. Shot the ball.”

It went in, as part of Rutgers’ 32-13 run to end the game.

Derek Pardon hit his first six shots and had 13 rebounds to go along with 12 points to lead Northwestern (15-12, 6-8). Scottie Lindsey added 19 points and Aaron Falzon – who went 3 for 3 in the first half – had eight points off the bench for the Wildcats.

Pardon and Falzon started a combined 8-for-8 shooting in the first half. Northwestern finished a stretch of 5 of 6 games on the road.

”We won three of them,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ”Went 3-3 during that stretch. Had an opportunity to go 4-2 and couldn’t finish the deal.”

Northwestern jumped out to an 8-2 lead on a Lindsey jumper assisted by Bryant McIntosh before Rutgers tied it at 10 on a Sanders layup.

The Wildcats almost pulled away early. Souf Mensah’s bucket stopped Northwestern’s 12-2 run and left Rutgers trailing 23-16. Northwestern went into the break up 33-24.

”We’ve been hanging in there in these games,” Pikiell said. ”And I knew if we just kept plugging away on the defensive end we’d get enough opportunities to score.”

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: Losers of two in a row coming off a loss at Maryland, the Wildcats need to get back on track with a win as they try to build up a resume to make the NCAA Tournament after making it to the dance for the first time a season ago.

Rutgers: Picked to finish last in the Big Ten, Rutgers is trying to dig itself out of the basement of the conference as they snapped a seven-game losing streak.

BENCHED

Freeman didn’t play for the first time this season because of a coach’s decision. The senior captain started 31 of 33 games last year and all 17 this year.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Hosts No. 2 Michigan State on Saturday, at 1 p.m.

Rutgers: Travels to Maryland on Saturday night.

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Sanders leads Rutgers to 67-58 OT win over Northwestern

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — With senior captain Deshawn Freeman benched, star guard Corey Sanders had a game-high 30 points to lead Rutgers to a 67-58 overtime victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night at the RAC.

Sanders, who kept the Scarlet Knights (13-15, 3-12 Big Ten) alive all game, hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime tied at 56. Rutgers closed out the game on a 31-13 run.

Derek Pardon hit his first six shots and had 13 rebounds to go along with 12 points to lead Northwestern (15-12, 6-8). Scottie Lindsey added 19 points and Aaron Falzon – who went 3 for 3 in the first half – had eight points off the bench for the Wildcats.

Pardon and Falzon started a combined 8-for-8 shooting in the first half.

Northwestern jumped out to an 8-2 lead on a Lindsey jumper assisted by Bryant McIntosh before Rutgers tied it at 10 on a Sanders layup.

The Wildcats almost pulled away early. Souf Mensah’s bucket stopped Northwestern’s 12-2 run and left Rutgers trailing 23-16. Northwestern went into the break up 33-24.

BIG PICTURE

Northwestern: Losers of two in a row coming off a loss at Maryland, the Wildcats need to get back on track with a win as they try to build up a resume to make the NCAA Tournament after making it to the dance for the first time a season ago.

Rutgers: Picked to finish last in the Big Ten, Rutgers is trying to dig itself out of the basement of the conference as they snapped a seven-game losing streak.

BENCHED

Freeman didn’t play for the first time this season because of a coach’s decision. The senior captain started 31of 33 games last year and all 17 this year.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Hosts No. 2 Michigan State on Saturday, at 1 p.m.

Rutgers: Travels to Maryland on Saturday night.

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Morgan scores 24, Johnson adds 19 as Indiana beats Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After falling to .500 coming off four straight losses at the end of a stretch of seven games in 17 days, Indiana was desperate for a win to keep the rebuild season meaningful.

Juwan Morgan and Robert Johnson helped the Hoosiers do just that.

Morgan had 24 points and eight rebounds and Johnson scored 19 points to lead Indiana past Rutgers 65-43 on Monday night.

”We had two keys in the game, they were Morgan and Johnson,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ”Obviously didn’t do a good job on either of those.”

Indiana (13-12, 6-7 Big Ten) opened a 42-22 lead with 12 1/2 minutes remaining after Josh Newkirk found Collin Hartman for a 3-pointer, causing Rutgers to call a timeout. Indiana would lead by as many 24.

”It feels good. We’ve been having a lot of back-to-back games so it’s been tiring, so it’s good to have a break,” Indiana guard Devonte Green said, adding, ”it gives us a little bit of confidence.”

The Hoosiers jumped to a 5-0 lead before making it 11-2. Rutgers was held under 10 points until 6:31 left in the first half, when Geo Baker hit a 3-pointer to make it 24-11. Indiana took a 26-16 lead into halftime.

”The one thing is, you can’t make excuses,” Indiana coach Archie Miller said. ”You can’t use turnarounds and things like that as excuses, you have to be ready. When the ball is tipped, the most ready team usually has the best chance to get off to a good start. I thought tonight we were ready.”

Baker finished with 10 points.

Rutgers (12-14, 2-11) was led by Deshawn Freeman, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals, as the Scarlet Knights shot 24.1 percent (13 of 54) from the field and tied their lowest scoring output of the season.

”Just keeping to our principles. What we practice every day on,” Freddie McSwain Jr. said of the team’s defense. ”It was just a great team defense and everybody just being scrappy.”

BIG PICTURE

Indiana: The Hoosiers climb closer to .500 in the Big Ten as they try to move up in the standings. While first place is a three-team race, teams in the middle of the pack are jockeying for position in the Big Ten Tournament.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights continue to struggle without Mike Williams (ankle) and Eugene Omoruyi (knee). Rutgers is now sitting in the basement of the Big Ten standings. The Scarlet Knights have lost six in a row and eight of their last nine.

TOUGH STRETCH

Both teams were coming off home losses against Top-5 teams on Saturday night. Rutgers lost to No. 3 Purdue 78-76 while Indiana lost to No. 4 Michigan State 63-60.

UNDEFEATED

Rutgers will continue to look for its first win vs. Indiana, as the Hoosiers improved to 6-0 all-time against the Scarlet Knights in a series that dates back to 1980.

UP NEXT

Indiana: Host Minnesota on Friday night.

Rutgers: At Nebraska on Saturday afternoon.

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Edward helps No. 3 Purdue hold off Rutgers, 78-76

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Vincent Edward spent the early part of the week resting in bed due to an illness, and vomited when No. 3 Purdue arrived in New Jersey. While trainers are unsure if he is dealing with a sinus issue or the flue, it didn’t seem to have an effect on his game.

Despite missing the past two days of practice, Edward had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to help the Boilermakers hold on to beat Rutgers 78-76 on Saturday for a school-record 19th straight win.

”Just keep driving and keep pushing. Just try to be out there and be aggressive. Try not to mentally let the physicality of how my body was feeling get to me. Try to be mentally stronger than that,” Edward said of how he was able to play through illness. ”Especially when my coaches depend on me to do things for this team and my teammates depend on me to be out there so I’m just trying to give it all for my team.”

Mathis Dakota scored 16 points, Carsen Edwards had 13 and P.J. Thompson added 12 points for Purdue (23-2, 12-0 Big Ten).

Corey Sanders had 31 points and seven rebounds, and Deshawn Freeman added 14 points and nine rebounds for Rutgers (12-13, 2-10), which overcame a 15-point first-half deficit looked poised to pull off an upset at home.

”(Sanders is) a guy that is very streaky. He can really get it going and carry his team. It is just one of those things that you tip your hat to him. He is a good player,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said, adding, ”they had a tough loss the other day and that is what I told the guys, ‘they beat Seton Hall here, they’ve had a sell out before. These guys have pride. They had a bad game last game and they are going to bounce back, fight and compete.’

”I thought physically they took it to us at times. They were very physical and obviously rebounding. I was very impressed with them.”

Freeman’s fastbreak dunk cut Purdue’s lead to six, forcing Painter to call a timeout with 15:29 to go. However, Matt Bullock corralled a defensive rebound on the ensuing possession and hit Sanders with an outlet pass and he made the fastbreak layup and the foul shot to pull the Scarlet Knights to 46-43.

Rutgers pulled within one on two occasions. Shaquile Doorson had a put-back dunk off of Geo Baker’s missed layup to get to 48-47 with 12:28 left, and Freeman had a tip-in on a miss by Sanders to make it 55-54 with 8:06 remaining, However, that was as close as the Scarlet Knights got the rest of the way.

”It’s tough when you’re getting everybody’s best look night in and night out,” Thompson said. ”You’re not going to win every game by 20, 25 when you’re the number one team in the league, No. 3 in the country, on the road you’re going to get everybody’s tough shot.”

Rutgers took a 3-0 lead on Issa Thiam’s 3-pointer. Purdue tied it 29 seconds later after Thiam fouled Thompson on a 3-pointer. Edwards stole the ball and hit a layup on Rutgers’ ensuing possession to give the Boilermakers their first lead. They led 38-27 at halftime.

”We have hit a lot of obstacles, they just keep fighting,” Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. ”Guys stepped up today that haven’t played a lot. When you are building a program, you got to go through a lot of stuff. I think (Purdue) is the best team in the country. … If there is a better team inside and out in the country, I haven’t seen them yet.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers’ winning streak is the longest in the nation and has them atop the conference standings. They’ll look to improve their home winning streak to 22 – the third-longest in school history – when they host No. 17 Ohio State. A win would give them a bit of a cushion in what has become a three-team race for the Big Ten title between Purdue, Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan State, Purdue’s opponent after Ohio State.

Rutgers: Bruised and battered, Rutgers continues to struggle. With senior captain Mike Williams (ankle) out for the past two weeks and Eugene Omoruyi out for several weeks to recover from a knee injury suffered at Illinois, the undermanned Scarlet Knights fell to below .500 for the first time all season and have now lost five-straight, sitting alone at the bottom of the Big Ten.

MAGIC NUMBER

The Boilermakers’ winning streak is due in-part to its efficient offense as they have scored at least 70 points in 17 straight games. Purdue is averaging 84 points per game on the season.

1,000 POINT CLUB

Dakota Mathis became the 52nd player in Purdue history to join the 1,000 point club. He now has 1,006 points in his career.

UP NEXT

Purdue: The Boilermakers return home to host No. 17 Ohio State on Wednesday night.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights host Indiana on Tuesday night.

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No. 24 Rhode Island cruises to 78-58 win at Fordham

NEW YORK (AP) — Rhode Island won’t be satisfied just to make it back to the NCAA Tournament this year. Riding the school’s longest winning streak in seven decades, the Rams are intent on making a deep run in March.

Andre Berry scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, Jared Terrell had 17 points and six assists, and No. 24 Rhode Island cruised past Fordham 78-58 on Wednesday night at historic Rose Hill Gym.

”This senior group, we understand what it’s going to take to go deep in the tournament, so I think it’s just our mindset and what the coaches instill in us every day,” Stan Robinson said. ”We try to find a couple things from each team to keep the fire going and make us mad and just playing with anger. We just try not to let up.”

Robinson added 16 points, seven steals and six rebounds for the newly ranked Rams (16-3, 8-0 Atlantic 10), who moved into the AP Top 25 this week for the first time since November 2016. Rhode Island has won 11 straight games for the first time in 70 years.

Rhode Island beat Creighton in last year’s NCAA Tournament before losing 75-72 to No. 3 seed Oregon, which advanced to the Final Four.

”I know that last year they felt, meaning Rhode Island, felt they could have won more than one,” Fordham coach Jeff Neubauer said. ”And when I say that, the fact that they are so defensive, they guard so well, they guard the arc so well, they get the right matchups – they can go as far as they want.”

Rhode Island jumped out to an 8-0 lead 2:34 into the game after Berry assisted on a 3-pointer by E.C. Matthews. Fordham (6-14, 1-7) tied it at 22 with 5:14 left in the first half after back-to-back 3s by Ivan Raut.

URI answered with another 8-0 run, capped by Berry’s layup off a pass from Fatts Russell, before taking a 36-27 lead into halftime.

Berry, from nearby West Hempstead, said it felt good to have such a strong performance with a slew of fans on hand – even though this was just another game. But the 6-foot-8, 275-pound forward isn’t just another big man.

”He’s got a really well-rounded skill set,” Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley said. ”Great hands, really good feet, can pass the ball, make a 15-footer. He’s got a touch on the short rolls in the paint. He’s got a knack kind of like a slow tight end. … He can find little gaps and he’s got great guards that can find him in those gaps. Dre’s just got a great feel for basketball.”

Rhode Island remained in control to start the second half, opening a 15-point advantage by the first media timeout. URI led by as many as 21.

”These guys have created just a great culture,” Hurley said. ”I just think we show up every night. We show up with intensity, with focus, and these guys are about winning and they’ve created that culture.”

Fordham, also nicknamed the Rams, was led by Will Tavares, who had 17 points and 13 assists. Proko Slanina added 13 points.

BIG PICTURE

Rhode Island: Sitting atop the Atlantic 10, the Rams extended the best start to conference play in school history.

Fordham: While they looked good at times against a Top 25 opponent, these Rams continued to struggle overall. After a two-game road trip followed by hosting a ranked team, Fordham needs to get back in the win column soon if it plans to climb out of the A-10 basement.

STEALING THE SHOW

Robinson once again tied Rhode Island’s school record for steals with seven. He is the only player to do it twice – he also had seven steals in the season opener vs. UNC Asheville.

UP NEXT

Rhode Island: Hosts Duquesne in a Saturday matinee.

Fordham: Hosts UMass on Saturday afternoon.

More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

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Sanders, Baker lead Rutgers past Iowa 80-64

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — With Mike Williams out for the foreseeable future, Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell gave his team a simple message on Wednesday night.

”All hands on deck.”

After Williams injured his ankle in the last 10 minutes of practice on Saturday, the Scarlet Knights were ill-prepared to play without their senior captain against now-No. 22 Ohio State on Sunday. That wasn’t the case against Iowa Wednesday night.

”We had two days to prepare,” Pikiell said. ”I told these guys that you have to step up.”

And step up they did.

Corey Sanders scored 18 points with eight assists and two steals and Geo Baker had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, to lead Rutgers past Iowa 80-64.

While Iowa (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) was able to overcome a 20-point deficit in its last game at Illinois, they were unable to do it a second time in a row. Rutgers (12-8, 2-5) led by as many as 23 points with 14:31 to go.

”I thought we could (come back),” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. ”We were down 14 at half. You want to get it under 10 and then it’s a three-possession game almost, but we never really until the very end did we ever look comfortable offensively.”

Jordan Bohannon scored 23 points, including five 3s, and Tyler Cook had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes.

Rutgers went on a 12-0 run capped off with a steal and dunk by Baker to take a 23-13 with 7:53 left in the first half. The Scarlet Knights followed that with a 13-6 run, once again capped off by Baker, who hit a 3 with 3:48 to go to make it 36-19 before heading into the break with a 38-24 lead.

Deshawn Freeman scored 14 points with eight rebounds and Issa Thiam added 16 points for Rutgers, including a career-high four 3-pointers.

”Coach says we have to do a little bit more (without Williams),” Sanders said. ”Those rebounds that Mike gets. The hustle plays that he does. Everybody has to put in a little more effort to pick up his slack.”

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: After their first Big Ten win of the season, the young Hawkeyes were unable to win back-to-back conference games and fell to .500. They were below .500 early in the season at 4-6.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights got a much-needed win after losing Williams. For a team that lacks depth, any injury would be troublesome, but the senior captain is Rutgers’ sixth man with intangibles that can’t be replaced.

BACKUP GUARDS

While Williams (ankle) was out last game, Matt Bullock and walk-on Jake Dadika did not see action against now-No. 22 Ohio State. That was not the case against Iowa. By midway through the first half, both had checked in and combined for 11 minutes. It was Bullock’s first minutes all season and he scored two points and made an assist.

BOHANNON’S BIG 3s

Bohannon came into the game leading the Big Ten in 3-pointers with 2.73 per game. He helped boost that average, making five 3s on nine shots.

FIRST WIN

Rutgers had been 0-5 and 0-2 at the RAC against Iowa in the series that dated back to 1989. Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014.

UP NEXT

Iowa: Host No. 3 Purdue for a Saturday matinee.

Rutgers: At No. 23 Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

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Ohio St. beats Rutgers 68-46, improves to 6-0 in Big 10

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ohio State opened up the season without much expectation. So, making the Top 25 and leading the Big Ten surely wasn’t anticipated.

Now, when the new weekly rankings come out, the Buckeyes will likely have both.

”We had talked about it a little bit,” first-year coach Chris Holtmann said. ”We talked about it a little bit when we beat (No.4) Michigan State because I think that alerted people.”

Keita Bates-Diop scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and Ohio State beat Rutgers 68-46 to remain undefeated in Big Ten play this season and tied atop the conference standings.

Ohio State (15-4, 6-0) built up a 30-point lead after Kam Williams converted on a 4-point play with 13:47 remaining to make it 48-18.

Kaleb Wesson had 10 points and nine rebounds and Williams finished with 11 points for Ohio State

Rutgers led 9-8 after Eugene Omoruyi made a layup at the 10:46 mark. Ohio State closed the half on a 19-6 run to take the 28-15 lead into half.

Rutgers was led by guards Geo Baker (14 points) and Corey Sanders (13 points).

However, Rutgers was without its third guard and sixth-man, Mike William. The senior captain was sidelined after injuring his leg in practice on Saturday. He sat the game out with his right foot wrapped and was using crutches.

”Mike hurt his leg badly. We don’t have the full diagnosis yet, they’re still working on that,” coach Steve Pikiell said. ”He’s going to be out, he’s going to be out for a while. But Mike has been a really important player.I feel bad for him. It’s his senior year, but those things happen and other guys have to be ready to step up and take advantage of his minutes. We certainly have to figure that out quickly here. Having this happen with 10 minutes left in practice yesterday doesn’t give you a lot of time to figure it out, so now we have a couple of days to figure it out before Iowa.”

So while Rutgers’ season could be at a crossroads, Ohio State’s could continue to surprise.

”I keep coming back to the fact that we’ve only played one third of the Big Ten right now, so there’s a lot left to be played,” Holtmann said. ”But we will talk about the fact that hey, we’re going to have some people – we’re going to have to play with a different edge. Home, road, doesn’t matter. We’ll see if we’re good enough to manage that.”

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to start off 6-0 in conference play since Tom Davis at Iowa in 1986. Meantime, Ohio State is expected to be ranked in the upcoming AP Poll after defeating No. 4 Michigan State by 16 and drubbing Maryland. The Buckeyes received 29 votes in the last poll, which would have ranked them 29th. They are tied for first in the Big Ten with No. 5 Purdue.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have lost five of six after starting the season 11-3. With Williams out, a bench that is not known for its depth will come into focus, which will make wins even harder to come by.

”We have to play with or without Mike,” Pikiell said, adding, ””Mike has been, from day one, a fighter. But again, with or without Mike, we need to play better basketball. Playing Ohio State and teams like that, but Mike’s a leader. He’s a captain. He grabbed nine rebounds against Michigan State. He’s our leading rebounder at 6-2. He’s an over achiever. Mike is certainly a huge loss for us, but again, we have to play better. Every guy has to step up their game a little more now with Mike not being around.”

UGLY SHOOTING

Rutgers has had trouble shooting free throws (62 percent) and 3-pointers (29 percent) throughout the season. Against Ohio State, Rutgers struggled shooting, period. The Scarlet Knights hit just 29 percent from the field, below their average of 42. They went 6-of-18 from the foul line.

OUTREBOUNDING

Rutgers came into the game ranked fifth in the country in rebounding with 42.44 a game. The Buckeyes made sure they didn’t get beat on the boards, edging Rutgers 46-30 on the glass.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: The Buckeyes return home to take on Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights face Iowa at home.

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Sanders lifts Rutgers past Wisconsin 64-60

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — There aren’t must-win games in early January, but coming off a 31-point drubbing at No. 13 Purdue and on a three-game losing streak, Rutgers didn’t want to travel to No. 1 Michigan State looking for its first Big Ten victory.

They won’t have to.

”We all had the same mindset to go out there, compete, play hard and try and get the W,” guard Corey Sanders said. ”But those two games (at home vs. Stony Brook and Hartford) that we lost that we know we shouldn’t of lost really got to us, and then that Purdue loss just added fuel to the fire. We came out today, had a chip on our shoulder, executed the game plan.”

Sanders scored a season-high 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting to give Rutgers a much-needed win over Wisconsin, 64-60, Friday night.

After a Rutgers timeout, Sanders scored with 1:47 left then added a 3-pointer with under a minute to go for a 58-53 lead.

”We’ve been in that predicament already. Coming out of the timeout, we knew what to expect,” said forward Deshawn Freeman, who scored 15 points. ”I told Corey and Geo (Baker) to win the game for us, and Corey came out and hit two big shots for us and got the win.”

Brad Davison hit Wisconsin’s first 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 53 and cap a 7-0 run.

Tied at 15, Sanders hit a layup at the buzzer to give Rutgers a 25-24 lead at halftime but Wisconsin (9-8, 2-2 Big Ten) took the lead on the first possession of the second half.

The game went back and forth before Rutgers (11-6, 1-3) took the lead on a Sanders 3-pointer to make it 36-34 at the 13:38 mark. Sanders scored on an alley-oop followed by a Baker layup to close out a 14-2 run and give Rutgers a 42-35 lead.

Wisconsin was led by Ethan Happ’s 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Nate Reuvers added 10 points. Happ had a career-high seven turnovers, while Wisconsin had 14 as a team.

”That’s too many. That needs to be cut in half. That’s where it needs to be,” coach Greg Gard said of the turnovers. ”I’ll look and see what the turnovers were. There were a couple charges. I’ll see if those were self-inflicted or something defensively that was taken away. I’ll go through the film and grade it. I’ll get a better idea from that.”

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: On the start of a three-game Big Ten road trip, the Badgers dropped to .500 in the conference.

Rutgers: After two embarrassing home losses to Stony Brook and Hartford to close nonconference play, Rutgers was drubbed at No. 13 Purdue. The win snaps a three-game losing streak and gave Rutgers’ its first Big Ten win.

3-POINTER DROUGHT

Wisconsin struggled from 3-point land, going 0 of 9 before Davison hit one with two minutes left in the game. The Badgers finished the game 2 of 13 from beyond the arc.

FREE-THROW STRUGGLES

Rutgers has had trouble from the line all season. Poor free-throw shooting cost Rutgers in losses against Stony Brook and Hartford. Against Wisconsin, Rutgers went 9 of 16, below its average of 61 percent.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Visits Nebraska on Tuesday night.

Rutgers: At No. 1 Michigan State on Wednesday night.

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Hartford holds off late rally, upsets Rutgers, 60-58

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Hartford had just upset a Big Ten team on its home court, but coach John Gallagher was already looking ahead.

The Hawks stunned Rutgers, 60-58 on Thursday night, handing the Scarlet Knights a second consecutive home court loss to a team from the America East Conference.

”We’re rolling pretty well right now,” Gallagher said. ”The reality is we have to go to the No. 1 team in our league next Wednesday in Albany. We’ve won four of five and we’re starting to establish a great identity. We’re embracing the defense and we’re on the right track.”

Meanwhile, Rutgers has fallen off track.

John Carroll scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Hassan Attia scored 11 points to go with another nine rebounds to lead the Hawks to their first win at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights needed a late 20-5 run to recover from a 13-point deficit late and hold off Hartford last season.

Hartford (7-7) took at 39-35 lead with 15 minutes left in the game and pushed it to 43-36. Rutgers eventually took the lead at 55-53 with 2:34 left on a Mike Williams 3-pointer. Hartford tied the game at 55 before taking the lead on a dunk by Attia.

Corey Sanders, Rutgers’ star guard, was benched for the second time this season after missing a team flight. The first benching was for poor practice habits, coach Steve Pikiell said.

”He didn’t start,” he said. ”He likes to start and I know Corey didn’t want to miss it. It happens. It’s a busy travel day. That wasn’t why we lost the basketball game today. And sometimes as the head coach you make decisions like that and he apologized to the team and you move forward. Guys miss flights. Guys get injured. Guys are sick. So we move forward.”

Sanders and Williams both came off the Rutgers bench and combined to score 30 points.

Sanders, who finished with 17 points, hit three free throws to get the Scarlet Knights (10-5) within a point in the final minute, but missed a jumper with :14 seconds left for the lead.

J.R. Lynch and Jason Dunne each had 14 points and combined to hit six 3s for the Hawks.

”There’s a lot more basketball to be played,” Williams said. ”You can’t let these two losses – these two losses don’t define us. We know we’re a great ball club. We showed that. We just got to get back to playing Rutgers basketball.”

UP NEXT

Hartford: Open America East Conference play at Albany on Wednesday.

Rutgers: Returns to Big Ten play at No. 14 Purdue on Wednesday.

BIG PICTURE

Hartford: The Hawks got back to .500 with a big win heading into conference play with a win over a Power 5 team, their fourth win in the last five games.

Rutgers: Since upsetting No. 23 Seton Hall, Rutgers now has lost two back-to-back non-conference games, including an overtime loss to Stony Brook, where second-year Steve Pikiell last coached. The Scarlet Knights are 0-2 in Big Ten play and after winning three games last year and just six overall since entering the conference three years ago.

SHOOTING STRUGGLES

Rutgers came into the game shooting only 62 percent from the line and 42 percent from the field. The Scarlet Knights were worse tonight, shooting 55 percent and 35 percent for the game.

”Free throws all year long have been a problem that we’ve really tried to work on and spend a ton of time at free throw practices separately, so we just have to make some,” Pikiell said. ”Some is experiences. Some’s mental toughness. It’s been a concern. It was a concern last year, too. When you’re in close games it’s really a weapon and you have to make free throws down the stretch.”

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Hartford holds off late rally, upsets Rutgers, 60-58

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — John Carroll scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Hassan Attia scored 11 points to go with another nine rebounds as Hartford pulled off its first win at Rutgers, nipping the Scarlet Knights 60-58 on Thursday night.
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