Rutgers Clobbered in Happy Valley

Penn State beat Rutgers 79-51 Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley with a game-high 23 points from D.J. Newbill. An ugly loss for the Scarlet Knights, they now sit on a four-game losing streak heading into Tuesday's tipoff with Michigan State at the RAC.

Nothing went right for Rutgers in a blowout loss Saturday afternoon at Penn State. Looking for a sweep of the season series against the Nittany Lions, the Scarlet Knights instead gave PSU its first Big Ten win of 2015 in a 79-51 loss.

The loss makes it four in a row since Rutgers (10-11, 2-6) upset No. 4 Wisconsin, and drops the Scarlet Knights below .500 for the first time this season.

"It's a lot of bad things happened," coach Eddie Jordan said on the WCTC post-game show. "They got the lead. We couldn't come back. It was their night tonight."

The same concerns plagued Rutgers Saturday. The Scarlet Knights did not defend the perimeter, shot 38 percent from the free throw line and played without starting wing Junior Etou, who remained in New Jersey for disciplinary reasons.

Forward Kadeem Jack put up his second impressive game against Penn State with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

"He had a great first half," Jordan said. "I don't know if they did it as much as we hurt ourselves [in the second half]. Kadeem had some decent looks. It got to a point where he had to try to get up tempo, and Kadeem [was] a little bit tired."

Rutgers has just over 72 hours to figure things out before Michigan State and coach Tom Izzo come to the RAC Tuesday for a 9 p.m. tip.

Freshman guard Mike Williams' status for Michigan State is unclear after a left ankle injury in the final minutes of Saturday's loss. Williams averages seven points per game.

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