The Pirates embarrassed Rutgers 81-54 behind a relentless pressure on guard Myles Mack in a game that was over shortly after tipoff.
“This was a bad one,” said senior captain Kadeem Jack. “Coming off that Clemson win, I definitely wasn’t expecting this. I think I took a lot of questionable shots and that was a big reason why we lost momentum.”
Rutgers (4-4) has no options at guard with Bishop Daniels still out. Receiving no support against the full-court press, Mack scored 15 with three steals in 32 consecutive minutes to open the game. Freshman Mike Williams, who replaces Daniels as a starter, rebounded in the second half after a slow start. Williams added 15 of his own in 26 minutes as Mack’s counterpart in the backcourt
Walk-on Jake Dadika logged 13 minutes at guard off the bench with Daniels unavailable and Jordan desperate for guard productivity.
“We’re trying to get another ball handler and passer,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “In practice he could be our second-best point guard. We’re going to put him in the fire. You know what? I thought he did OK.”
Seton Hall (7-0) takes home the Garden State Hardwood Classic trophy with ease in its inaugural year thanks to 25 points from former Scout five-star Isaiah Whitehead.
Jordan addressed the fourth Rutgers loss of the year from the Prudential Center with a home game against New Hampshire set for Tuesday.