Carter Makes Big East Weekly Honor Roll

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers freshman guard Elijah Carter keeps pick up honors as his torrid start to the Big East season continues. Carter earned conference honors for the second straight week, this time making the weekly honor roll, after averaging 19.5 points per game in his last two contests.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Since breaking out with 31 points against Florida, Rutgers freshman guard Elijah Carter continues to shine in the spotlight and lead his team in scoring.

Averaging 19.5 points per game this week and helping Rutgers upset No. 8 Connecticut, Carter earned a spot on the Big East weekly honor roll. This comes a week after earning Big East Rookie of the Week.

"Like last time, it's just a blessing," Carter said. "I wouldn't be able to get it without my teammates and my coaches, so it's a team thing. I've been going hard in practice. It's just paying off."

Carter has led the Scarlet Knights in scoring four straight games and his 14.5 points per game are tops on the team.

"I knew it had to click early, for all of the freshmen," Carter said. "We had no choice. I knew we had to be consistent right away."

Carter said his confidence allows him to stay comfortable taking so many shots. Shooting 35 percent from the floor this season, Carter has 52 more shots than anyone else on the team.

"It's just that I'm making big shots and coach [Mike] Rice is running more plays for me to get me the ball," Carter said. "When I get it, I'm making shots. My teammates have confidence in me and we're just executing the plays."

Rice, who returns to Pittsburgh Wednesday where he was an assistant coach under Jamie Dixon, said Carter's consistency on the court allows him to take a bigger role.

"We executed for Eli as well as we've done this year with set plays," Rice said. "So, if he continues to be consistent in his aggressiveness and his skills then good things are going to happen to him. It's a big recognition, just having a freshman do that, but it doesn't win you any more games."

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