Rutgers Loses at Connecticut

Rutgers put up a strong 30 minutes against No. 19 Connecticut before defensive lapses gave the Huskies a 69-63 victory over the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers had multiple opportunities to tie the game in the second half until guard Shabazz Napier took over against the Scarlet Knights.

Star Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier picked up right where he left off against Rutgers.

Scoring 26 in an 11-point victory at the RAC last month, Napier knocked down another 26 on his senior night on the way to a 69-63 victory for Rutgers.

"We competed," said Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan during his WCTC post-game interview. "We had a terrific demeanor and a great spirit. They're very good. They have a terrific player and they made shots. And, you know, that's how it goes. ... We just didn't come down the stretch with terrific plays like they did."

The Scarlet Knights (11-19, 5-12)put another scare into the 19th ranked Huskies. The performances, however, was not enough to put Connecticut on upset alert.

Rutgers missed multiple three-pointers in the second half during a one-possession game. Myles Mack, J.J. Moore and Craig Brown all missed the mark with chances to tie the game.

Rutgers battled though to the final whistle. The lead dropped to five points with 2:48 on the clock, then four in the final 50 seconds. The fight back ended with 30 seconds left when center Wally Judge turned it over to Connecticut on a tie up.

UConn's DeAndre Daniels forced the tie up and hit one of two free throws to lock up a victory.

"Our guts and our grit was there tonight, and I have no problem with that," Jordan said.

Mack led Rutgers with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in the game. Judge put up his best performance of the AAC season with 13 points and nine rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting.

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