Rutgers Falls in Season Opener

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers season opener ended ugly Sunday night as Eddie Jordan and the Scarlet Knights fell 70-53 against George Washington. Rutgers tipped off its 2014-15 season without captain Kadeem Jack – ruled out with a thumb injury suffered in preseason practice.

Rutgers is not a winning team without forward Kadeem Jack, and made that clear in Sunday night’s season opener.

Rutgers did not score for the first five minutes and it did not get easier after that. Shooting 35 percent with minimal offensive rhythm, the Scarlet Knights lost 70-53 to George Washington.

“he wasn’t out there, and that’s the way it is,” coach Eddie Jordan said. “Other guys have to step up. I’m not really sympathetic about not having Kadeem. That’s the way sports is.”

Kerwin Okoro started for Jack, who remains sidelined with a thumb injury. The three-guard lineup alongside senior Myles Mack and junior Bishop Daniels proved unsuccessful.

Mack led Rutgers with 14 points. Freshman Mike Williams chipped in 10 off the bench in his debut.

Jordan addressed the Rutgers (0-1) loss after its conclusion.

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