Embarrassed three days ago by William & Mary, Rutgers made it worse Tuesday night in an empty gym. Fairleigh Dickinson entered the RAC with one win and a loss to a Division II program on its 2013-14 resume.
FDU left with a shocking 73-72 upset, that has Rutgers searching for answers yet again.
"There are no excuses," Jordan said. "We just have to come out with the people we had, and we just had to make plays."
Rutgers (4-4) came out with an uninspired start, but rallied back to take the lead late on a dunk by center Wally Judge. After Judge fouled out, one of four players to do so, FDU guard Matt MacDonald won it with a 3-pointer.
Rutgers had a chance to tie in its final possession, but J.J. Moore missed a jumper while looking to draw contact.
"I feel horrible," Moore said. "I felt like I let the team down on a selfish play. Looking back at it, I'm just going to try to get my team more touches than what happened today." The Rutgers roster was a step beyond depleted, but Jordan did not see that as an excuse for the struggles against FDU. Rutgers entered the game with eight scholarship players active, one of which being freshman Junior Etou in his second career appearance.
Jordan played walk-on Stephen Zurich within his first two substitution groups, and was down captain Kadeem Jack (right leg).
"It didn't change what I wanted to do and it shouldn't for the team," Jordan said. "In fact, they should have rallied around situations like that and played with a lot more enthusiasm and a lot more harmony."
Rutgers has a week to get healthy before traveling to George Washington and then hosting Seton Hall. After one of the worst losses in a decade of bad losses, the Scarlet Knights have time for self-reflection during what will be a somber holiday away.
"They need some rest," Jordan said. "They need to enjoy the holidays. They're kids. They're college students, and they need to enjoy themselves and take a break, be around their families. We have practice on Friday and Saturday. Let's see if they can rally the troops and remember how it felt in that locker room tonight."