The better New Jersey team won Tuesday night at the RAC and that was previously winless St. Peter’s.
St. Peter’s owned the RAC to pick up its first win, embarrassing the Scarlet Knights in the process. Rutgers came out lethargic, and fell apart behind a series of missed three-pointers, poorly planned possessions and lack of transition defense.
“They played harder than we did,” Jordan said. “They made shots. They had more enthusiasm, more energy. … We got out-coached, out-played and they deserve it. All the credit goes to them. We tried but we didn’t try hard enough. We didn’t make shots.”
The few left in the building for the final buzzer gave Rutgers its first boos of the 2014-15 season.
“It’s just about heart and we didn’t bring it today – we didn’t have it,” said senior Myles Mack. “… I didn’t want people to see this. It’s not good for the program.”
Rutgers (2-2) never cut it close after it let St. Peter’s build a 31-19 halftime lead.
Sophomore forward Junior Etou scored a career-high 16 points in the loss. Mack scored 13 points, but committed seven of Rutgers’ 16 turnovers.
As the boos strengthened, Mack and Mike Williams forced three-pointers that troubled Jordan.
“It didn’t show any class,” Jordan said. “I was discouraged. I was disappointed in that. We lost the game. You have to have some dignity.”
The struggling Scarlet Knights have just two days for fixes before facing Vanderbilt at the Barclays Center.