Rutgers Outlasted by George Washington

Rutgers was hot with the jumper Wednesday night, but losts its momentum late in a 93-87 loss to George Washington on the road. The Scarlet Knights (4-5) have four losses in their last five games heading into their rivalry game against Seton Hall.

Shaking up the starting rotation gave Rutgers a spark, but the move by Eddie Jordan was not enough to get the Scarlet Knights out of the nation's capital with a victory.

Rutgers started hot against George Washington with D'Von Campbell starting at guard over Jerome Seagears, but the seasoned Colonials battled back for a 93-87 victory.

Rutgers consistently had its jump shot going, but had no answer for George Washington in the post. Rutgers led by as much as eight points in the second half, and cut things as close two points in the second. Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood stole the show in the post with 20 points and nine boards for GW. Guard Joe McDonald was equally effective with a near triple double – six, nine and nine.

"They really kicked our cans in the paint and we knew exactly what they were about," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan on his WCTC postgame radio spot. "We talked about it. We worked on it. I guess you have to be there to really understand what they did, … and we just didn't really do a good job taking care of the paint tonight."

The shakeup at guard led to solid performances from all three. Junior Myles Mack had the hot hand, and was the lone reason Rutgers kept it close in the second half. Mack had his best shooting night of the season, ending with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Campbell played well in his first start in a Rutgers uniform with six, and Seagears responded to being held out of Monday's practice and having to come off the bench.

From nearby Silver Spring, Md., Seagears set a career high in points with 26 off the bench. Seagears shot 72 percent from long range, and dished out a season-high seven assists in the process.

"We've had some conversations lately and I'm glad he responded," Jordan said. "Again, we have to carry this over in the next game. We raised the bar [but] we lost the game."

Rutgers (4-5) returns to the court Sunday night when it hosts Seton Hall in the first non-conference edition of the Turnpike Tussle.

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