Rutgers Escapes With Clutch Finish

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – It took a big-time shot from J.J. Moore and two defensive stands, but Rutgers escaped Yale with a gutty 72-71 victory at the RAC. Rutgers trailed the majority of the night until a steal and three-pointer for Moore turned the tables.

Rutgers shot poorly, missed free throws and committed too many fouls but the only stat that mattered to Eddie Jordan was the final score – 72-71.

Yale outplayed the Scarlet Knights for 38 minutes of basketball. Yale rebounded, made shots and forced poor decisions, but did not finish. The Scarlet Knights made it as close as possible, but escaped with a victory.

"It was not a good night for us, not a good night," Jordan said. "In basketball over the years, you're going to have games like this. You don't like them. You're not happy about them, but you're happy you got the win. …The ‘W' feels a lot better than the ‘L'."

Rutgers (2-1) took the advantage when Jerome Seagears and J.J. Moore combined for the play of the night.

Seagears stole an in-bounds pass via full-court press. Quickly dishing it to Moore, a pump fake and three-pointer gave Rutgers its first lead of the second half.

"When we went to that press and we got that steal, they were shook," said guard D'Von Campbell, who logged 30 minutes and scored seven points. "We never had them on their heels until the last minute. When he got that steal, I knew it was going in."

Rutgers needed one more play to win, and got it from junior center Kadeem Jack, who drew a foul and hit two free throws to win the game.

"You definitely need a lot of guts if you're down by one, down by three," Moore said. "You definitely need a lot of guts out there. A lot of players crunch down in situations like that, but we stuck through it. Kadeem knocked down two clutch free throws, and Wally [Judge] hit a lot of free throws today."

Yale had one final chance to steal a victory, but Rutgers came through with a defensive stand.

"We knew we had to win this game, so we just got in the huddle and told everyone we had to have 100 percent energy," said junior guard Myles Mack, who finished with 17 points and three steals. "We got some stops, we got some baskets and we won."

Below is Jordan's postgame press conference.





And the game-winning defensive stand.


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