Rutgers hit triple digits offensively, and put up big shooting numbers in a 116-89 victory over Stillman College at home with six players finishing in double digits. Though a struggle defensively against a heavy jump-shooting team, Rutgers stopped its two game losing skid with the most points scored since 1992.
“It was a game where our guys had to get a handle,” said head coach Eddie Jordan. “They play a different style. They were gunslingers in a good sense. They shoot deep threes, but they move. They’re athletic. … Our offense was in high gear. I don’t know if it was because of our execution, but at least we saw the opportunities.”
Senior Wally Judge had a triple-double night with 20 points and 13 rebounds, with senior J.J. Moore adding another 20.
“I’m happy we won,” Judge said. “I’m happy to get out of a two-game losing slump. I’m happy that everybody was able to contribute today. It was disappointing a little bit in the first half as far as defense goes, but in the second half I’m glad it turned around after some words were said.”
True freshman Junior Etou emerged as the biggest story by making his college debut. Etou began the season on a six-game suspension handed down by the NCAA.
Etou entered four minutes into the game, and logged 21 on the night. The 6-foot-7 forward flew under the radar in his college debut. He finished with six points and eight boards on 3-of-5 shooting.
“We need his skill set, his physicality,” Jordan said. “… He can make threes. He can get post-ups. He can dribble. He can get his own shot. He’s a big body, so he’s got a great skill-set. Look, he’s still a freshman. It’s the first game he played, so he’s going to be pretty good down the line for us.”
Rutgers got its walk-ons playing time, and the first career point for Stephen Zurich in the win. The third game in the four-day stretch comes Tuesday night against Farleigh Dickinson.