Rutgers Blown Out to End Season

The Rutgers season ended with perhaps the ugliest two hours of the season Thursday in a 92-31 loss to Louisville. The Scarlet Knights fell behind early and were never competitive in what will end the first season under coach Eddie Jordan.

The Rutgers basketball departure from the American Athletic Conference was not pretty, and will likely haunt coach Eddie Jordan and his players through the offseason.

No. 5 Louisville torched Rutgers in every aspect of the sport in a 61-point victory.

"We have a long way to go," Jordan said on his WCTC post-game segment. "It's much harder than people thing but this game tests your character. But we played hard. We didn't play well at all. … It tests your character when you can't make any inroads and make any dent in that score. … I hope they learned a lot, mostly about how to behave and how to compete."

Rutgers (12-21), led 10-9 early before an incredible first-half collapse where Louisville went on a 49-6 run. Seventeen of the Scarlet Knights' 26 turnovers came in a first half where they shot 29 percent from the floor.

Jordan started junior Jerome Seagears to help against the Louisville press. Seagears responded with three turnovers, two fouls, one assist and no points. D'Von Campbell replaced him in the second half.

Senior Wally Judge offered five points and seven rebounds in his final college game. Guard J.J. Moore scored three points. Junior Myles Mack received the brutal responsibility of running the offense against the Louisville press. He competed with a team-high eight points, and committed only two turnovers.

"I thought the processes for us has been successful," Jordan said. "We had a season, and there was close to not having a season. Our guys came together and got better as the year went along. We didn't fragment. We didn't get worse. … There's a foundation laid and these guys, bless their hearts, are the first bricks in that foundation."


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