Mack Left It All on Court for Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Senior Myles Mack left it all on the court for Rutgers in his final game, including his shoes which he gave to an unsuspecting fan after singing the alma mater. An all-timer in the Rutgers record books, Mack discussed his final career home game after its conclusion.

Senior night almost did not happen for Rutgers senior Myles Mack, whose parents missed tipoff because of inclement New Jersey weather.

That would have been a classic "RU Screw" moment, and that was not going to happen to such a loyal soldier. Rutgers, instead, improvised and honored Mack individually with family at the conclusion of a 60-50 senior night loss to Maryland.

It was not ideal, but that just isn't his style. The honor suited Mack just fine.

"They got caught, and the weather was bad," Mack said. "It took them three hours to get here, but I knew they were going to make it. When I saw them, the last time me playing here, I just broke down. It was hard for me."

Perhaps more memorable than the senior night honor came earlier today when it became "Myles Mack Appreciation Day" in his hometown of Patterson, N.J.

"For those kids just to look up to me as a person and as a basketball player is great," Mack said. "I never thought one day that I would be that guy. I'm that guy. I see all the hard work paid off, and I appreciate them for that.

" ... There's other ways out than the streets. A lot of kids get caught up at an early age because they don't have any guidance. Sometimes you have to guide yourself and push through and try to be the best person possible. Do the right thing."

Dozens of friends and family came out to support Mack, who said an emotional farewell to the RAC Tuesday night.

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