A resurgent Andre Hollins scored 31 of Minnesota's 89 points in the worst defensive effort of the season for the Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knights (10-9, 2-4) kept things close with multiple second-half runs, but 19 turnovers proved their undoing.
"When you turn the ball over 19-20 times, there's no really good defense for that," said coach Eddie Jordan on his post-game WCTC interview. "I thought we defended decent. we could defend much better. we didn't get a handle of [Hollins]. ... We spotted them 26 points. ... These are the things you cannot do and we did them."
Guard Bishop Daniels and forward Junior Etou also showed out well offensively. Daniels scored 13 points in his third straight start, and Etou chipped in a near double double with nine points and 10 boards.
Rutgers returns to action Tuesday night against Michigan at the RAC.
"We did a lot of good things getting people touches, defended when we didn't give them a turnover," Jordan said. "... We're in the game, and just can't give them what we gave them and try to win a game on the road in the conference."