Purdue Rumbles Through Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers lost its ninth straight game Thursday and remains win-less after its upset over Wisconsin. In a Big Ten clash with Purdue, the Scarlet Knights fell 61-51 in a game where missed free throws and fouls plagued the Eddie Jordan's struggling roster.

Against Prudue, it was the free throws (or lack thereof) that did Rutgers in as the losing streak approaches double digits.

An abysmal offensive first half for the Scarlet Knights was too deep of a hole from which to recover and a 61-51 final score makes it nine straight in the loss column for Rutgers and the longest streak in five seasons.

"For the first 35 [minutes] we were stagnant," said guard Myles Mack. "We weren't moving the ball. We weren't getting regular touches. In the last five, we played like we gave it our all."

Rutgers shot 47 percent from the free-throw line, scored all of 16 points in the first half and only got hot after the Boilermakers built a 20-point lead in a game they never trailed.

"If we make some free throws in the course of the game then it's probably a different game but losers tell," said coach Eddie Jordan. "It is what it is. We missed free throws and they kept the cushion."

Senior Kadeem Jack led Rutgers with another 16 points and eight rebounds. Junior Etou flirted with a double-double before he finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

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