Rutgers Chops FDU

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Junior Etou stepped in for the injured Kadeem Jack in a dominant individual performance Wednesday in Rutgers’ 61-44 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. The super sophomore wing led Rutgers with his first career double-double – 11 points and 14 rebounds.

No Jack, no problem for Rutgers in a 61-44 blowout over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Rutgers went its second game without star forward Kadeem Jack (thumb), but displayed improved communication and coordination this time. Guard Bishop Daniels and forward Junior Etou led the way. Bishop Daniels scored a team-high 18 points. Etou logged his first career double-double with 11 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.

“We did an overall great job defensively, but Junior is our key,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “He’s our key defender.”

Senior Myles Mack hit the dagger at 3:49 on the clock with an NBA-range three-pointer as the shot clock expired.

Jordan tinkered with is rotation, seeing improved results. Freshman D.J. Foreman started over sophomore Kerwin Okoro, and helped Rutgers jump out to a 28-12 lead midway through the first half.

Foreman finished with seven points and four rebounds in the first start for any member of Jordan’s 2014 recruiting class.

“It was really exciting,” Foreman said. “It was like a dream come true. I had to play up to my coach’s expectations, and I tried my hardest. It was another level of nervousness. It was beyond nervousness. I tried my best. I’m just happy we won.”

Jack’s status remains undecided for Sunday’s return to the RAC against St. Francis-Brooklyn.

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