Got Away Safely: Rutgers Escapes UNH

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Winning ugly is still winning, and Rutgers accomplished that Tuesday night in a nail-biter over New Hampshire. Myles Mack’s 20 points led Rutgers to a 60-56 victory at the RAC.

A hung-over Rutgers team took the court Tuesday after an ugly weekend loss to Seton Hall, and nearly repeated against a scrappy New Hampshire team.

It took some razzle-dazzle from Myles Mack in the final minute, but Rutgers successfully survived.

The Scarlet Knights escaped the RAC with a 60-56 win after giving up multiple leads in the second half. Up by two with 34 seconds left, Mack iced the game with a three-point play.

“Myles made big plays and we made free throws,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “We had some stops and we rebounded the ball. … [Mack] does so many things for us. He keeps us organized. He scores when we need him. He makes free throws. He’s defending his butt off.”

The Scarlet Knights (5-4) remain without starting guard Bishop Daniels. With just two healthy ball handlers on scholarship, Mack and freshman Mike Williams shouldered the load with a combined 28 points and 11 rebounds in 73 combined minutes.

Forward Kadeem Jack, who grabbed 10 boards and blocked four shots, played 38 minutes of his own.

“We wanted to bounce back,” Jordan said. “It was about just more effort and being athletic. We have to be athletic at the max. We have to run faster. We have to be quicker on our feet.”

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