“First of all, we started well, and we just sort of lost our offensive flow,” coach Eddie Jordan said to reporters after the loss. “Our defense was good I thought in the half court. We turned the ball over, and we missed free throws. Petteway had his way with their pick and rolls. We didn't take away his strengths--we have been pretty good executing our game plan of taking away certain strengths teams have. Tonight, we didn't do it. We got out-classed. Just one of those nights."
Daniels led Rutgers with 12 points and five rebounds in just 15 bench minutes. Senior forward Kadeem Jack chipped in 11 points in the loss.
“We turned the ball over which hurts your defense,” Jordan said. “They get out and get some breaks, we had charges--it took away our offensive flow. We did not get into our movement offensively. We were stagnant.
“We did not get the juice we needed to have on offense to help out our defense. We didn't take away Petteway, his strengths were he 'snakes the pick and roll,' he splits you coming off screens. We just didn't handle him well enough."
The Scarlet Knights (9-7, 1-2) see an even tougher battle Sunday evening against No. 4 Wisconsin the return to the RAC.
Big Red Report’s Josh Harvey contributed to this report.