Jordan Looks Ahead After Senior Day Loss

PISCATAWAY, N.J – Rutgers attempted to make a statement Saturday on senior day, but fell short of upsetting No. 15 Cincinnati. Senior J.J. Moore gave Rutgers a passionate 19 points to lead the failed attempt at an upset in a 70-66 final at the RAC.

It was perhaps the best attempt of the season, but Rutgers did not achieve its signature upset on senior day. Losing 70-66 to Cincinnati, the Scarlet Knights led multiple times in the second half with a solid team performance.

Rutgers took a lead late into the game before Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati exploded past a defending Jerome Seagears to lock up a victory. Kilpatrick made it a four-point lead with 18 seconds left and Rutgers missed multiple three pointers to end the game.

"They have a terrific player who could be a pro," said coach Eddie Jordan. "He took the game on that final drive. On that timeout we said there's not going to be anything tricky. It's just going to be a straight line drive, its either going to be a post-up, a straight line drive or someone coming off of multiple screens to catch and shoot."

Jordan offered no apologies despite a disappointing 20th loss of the season for Rutgers. Instead, Jordan spoke positively and energetically about the future of the program.

"It's hard not having a winning season," he said. "It takes a lot out of your emotional state, you're ancy to win, disappointed about losing, but our kids came to practice every day and you know what? We have other things to accomplish. We have practice on Monday and going to Memphis to play the loser of the game (Temple/USF) today and we're looking to compete even better."

J.J. Moore led Rutgers with 19 points in his final game at the RAC. Guard Myles Mack finished an assist short of a double-double.

"I hope they understand that the process has been successful so far, doesn't matter what the record is," Jordan said. "We learned how to compete with integrity, we learned how to compete with composure; we're coming together as a team. Our kids are doing terrific off the floor and the process is successful.

"Is it a step ahead? A step behind? I think we're right on target. Obviously we would have liked to win more games and maybe have a few upsets, but I've never given up on our players through the tough times and I don't think they've given up on me. Kerwin Okoro is a perfect example."




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