Magic Mack: Rutgers Stuns Clemson

Rutgers faced a brutal road environment Monday night and came out on top in one of the biggest nights in Eddie Jordan’s time with the Scarlet Knights. Kept calm by Myles Mack’s leadership, Rutgers beat Clemson 69-64 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Calm under fire with a clutch go-ahead three-pointer from Kadeem Jack, Rutgers leaves Clemson as victorious underdogs in one of the strangest weeks in recent basketball history. The Scarlet Knights played their part as new conference in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Rutgers beat Clemson 69-64 compliments of 20 points from sophomore Junior Etou and a near-double double for Myles Mack.

“Myles Mack totally kept us organized, kept us calm under fire, ran sets for everybody and got people in the right spots, the right tempo the right pace,” coach Eddie Jordan told reporters after the game. “Yet when it was time for him to score when we needed him, he took great shots and was very selective in getting into a scoring mode.”

Jack hit a three-pointer with 4:29 on the clock that gave Rutgers a permanent lead, finished off by five straight made free throws from center Greg Lewis.

Rutgers (4-3) officially bounced back from an embarrassing home loss to St. Peter’s with wins over Vanderbilt and Clemson and a solid showing against No. 8 Virginia in the Barclays Classic finals.

“ We knew we played 60 minutes of good basketball,” Jordan said. “We beat Vanderbilt. We played defense for 40 minutes. I thought we had a terrific 20 minutes against Virginia, and then Mother Nature took its toll on us. … We got refreshed. We stayed organized and ran the offense probably the best since I’ve been here.”

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