Rutgers Can't Keep Up with Cincinnati

Rutgers battled with Cincinnati before running out of steam in the post in a 71-51 loss. The Bearcats forced three Scarlet Knights to foul out in the paint, and was the better team from the free throw line in the win.

Competitive at the half, and ugly final 20 minutes for Rutgers led to an easy 71-51 home victory for Cincinnati. Missing their final 14 shots and shooting 23 percent in the second half, the Scarlet Knights let the Bearcats cruise to victory because of deficiencies in the post.

It was another foul-heavy game for Rutgers, which saw Wally Judge, Greg Lewis and Junior Etou foul out in a frustrating second half.

"We just didn't do things right," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan on his WCTC post-game radio segment. "Obviously we give them credit as far as their defense is concerned. Again, they're good. I think they deserve to be in the top 15."

Rutgers (7-9, 1-2) trailed Cincinnati 34-32 going into halftime with a strong showing against the press. The second half, however, was dominated by Cincinnati, which took over at the midway point on a 13-1 run.

"We just didn't execute the way were supposed to. They had something to do with it – our lack of alertness and attention to detail had something to do to it," Jordan said. "… I thought that we had four guys do it right and one guy didn't. Sometimes we had three guys do it right and two guys didn't."

Junior guard Myles Mack led Rutgers in scoring yet again with 17 points on 6-of-4 shooting. Kadeem Jack scored 10 and grabbed nine rebounds, but he missed eight of his 12 free throw attempts.

Rutgers was competitive on the glass – Cincinnati won the rebounding battle 35-30 – and struggled to put the ball in the basket in any way. The Scarlet Knights shot 34 percent from the floor, 52 percent on free throws and 13 percent from three.

UCF (9-4, 1-1) is up next for Rutgers with a Wednesday tipoff at the RAC.

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