Rutgers Takes Care of Business vs D-3 Rutgers-Newark

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers took care of Division III Rutgers-Newark Friday behind Mike Williams and his double-double effort at guard. Williams scored a game-high 18 points to go along with a career-high 11 rebounds in the 72-59 victory.

Rutgers almost had the RAC in meltdown mode when sophomore guard Mike Williams officially took over.

Tied with Division III Rutgers-Newark after 20 minutes, Williams transformed himself into the best player on the court in an eventual 72-59 victory.

Williams led Rutgers on a 24-10 run to start the second half, and finished with the best stat line of his college career.

“To be honest, I kind of cheated,” said Williams, who scored 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds, five steals and four assists. “Every time D.J. [Foreman] and DeShawn [Freeman] boxed out, and they couldn’t get the rebound, I was just right there to grab it. That’s pretty much all I did.”

Junior forward DeShawn Freeman made a difference when he took the court after a one-half suspension.

Freeman sat with an unspecified rules violation before his 13 points in 17 minutes helped Rutgers pull away.

“Sometimes [it’s] having another good player,” Jordan said. “DeShawn made a difference.”

Rutgers (1-0) returns to the RAC Sunday afternoon to play Howard.

“Maybe what you saw tonight wasn’t our real, true starters because it could be some changes when Sunday comes,” Jordan said.

Postgame Notes

  • Freshman Jonathan Laurent made his first career start in the game
  • In his Rutgers debut, junior college transfer DeShawn Freeman sat out the first half for an unspecified team rules violation.
  • Credit sophomore D.J. Foreman with the first basket of the 2015-16 season. Foreman dunked off of a fast break before an ill-advised foul put him on the bench after his basket.
  • Sophomore guard Mike Williams logged career highs in both rebounding and steals with _ and _ respectively. It was his first career double-double.
  • Fouls became an issue for Rutgers in the post without Freeman or Shaq Doorson available in the first half. Rutgers used a four-guard rotation in the first half with the 6-foot-8 Foreman at the five.

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