Rutgers Wins in Comeback Fashion

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers completed its biggest comeback of the season when a contested layup for Kadeem Jack created a 74-73 victory over South Florida. Erasing a 15-point deficit in the second half, the Scarlet Knights got 20 points from both Jack and guard J.J. Moore.

Kadeem Jack made the definitive plays on both sides of the court to create a 74-73 victory for Rutgers against South Florida. Rutgers capped off a 15-point comeback with a Jack shot, and his defense at the other end led to the end of a four-game losing streak.

Coach Eddie Jordan drew up the game-winning play to allow Jack to create his own shot. Jack worked through two defenders for nail a contested layup with 11 seconds left in the game.

"The guys played hard for 40 minutes," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan. "Going back to the UCF game, we played pretty darn well for about 36 minutes and then for about three and a half minutes, we didn't finish, especially at the defensive end. We came back and had some discipline, some toughness to play hard for 40 minutes."

USF had the chance to win it with possession and five seconds left when Jack came through again with the key defensive stop.

"I actually told him (Victor Rudd), ‘I know it's coming to you, so I'm going to play up on you hard,'" Jack said. "I guess I just had to play D on him." Jack finished with 20 points and senior J.J. Moore contributed another 20 in the 11th win of the season for the Scarlet Knights.

"He took it upon himself," Jordan said on Jack He was accountable. One of the big plays at UCF was the drive dunk, and Kadeem probably should have been there for a shot block or taken a charge, so again, there's a lot of things you learn from losing and we won [today] because for three and a half minutes we didn't play tough enough at UCF."




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