Instead of building on a crisp victory over Fairleigh Dickinson, Rutgers got sloppy and needed some late-game heroics to escape with a victory over St. Francis Brooklyn.
“For the most part, we made timely stops, timely free throws, a big basket by Kaddem,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “Obviously Myles [Mack] was good the entire game. … We played pretty good defense. We stuck together.”
Mack won it with a pair of late free throws to take a lead after a second quarter filled with inattentive defense and missed opportunities. St. Francis went for the win on its final possession, but fell short on a three-pointer.
Jack scored 13 points in 26 minutes in his senior debut. Mack led all scorers with 25 points, six assists and a career-high eight steals as the harbinger of win No.2 for Rutgers (2-1).
“I just feel like in the past we kind of let those games slip away with a turnover or something like that,” Jack said. “I was glad that we came together and kind of pulled a game like that out. Going forward, I think games like that help you build.”