A 16-point first-half lead is not a sure thing, and Rutgers already learned that the hard way. But when a vicious Bishop Daniels dunk put the Scarlet Knights up by 16 Tuesday against Sacred Heart, they never looked back.
Freshman guard Mike Williams elevated his game to a new level in his seventh straight start, and his career-high 22 points paced Rutgers to a 79-54 win.
“In high school we didn’t really lose that many games,” Williams said. “We protected our home court. I’m very proud [of that]. I take that very personally when it comes to that. That’s it.”
Rutgers (7-5) steamrolled Sacred Heart for its most dominant victory of 2014 with a career day for Williams. The freshman New Yorker cleaned up on both ends. His career-high 22 points came with a 60 percent shooting clips and career-high four steals.
“He’s been solid defensively for us,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “We put him on their best player, best guard. Tonight he proved that he’s more of a driving scorer than a shooting scorer. He really got to the basket.”
The victory comes three days after the worst loss of the season and restores sanity heading into Monmouth – the final non-conference game of the season.
“We needed to have an overall performance at home,” Jordan said. “We just haven’t had a really overall performance at home all year, whether we’re leading at half and we give it up in the second half or we were just too jagged at home. Today was finally an overall good performance for us.”