Forceful Finish Helps Rutgers Basketball Survive Central Arkansas

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Eddie Jordan wanted more heart after a brutal collapse at St. John’s. When his players faced a similar situation against an aggressive Central Arkansas team Saturday evening, they responded with a flurry from the two stars to close out an 87-84 victory.

Eddie Jordan's passionate post-game message against St. John’s must have hit home with star newcomers DeShawn Freeman and Corey Sanders.

Facing another potential ugly loss Saturday, Freeman and Sanders turned it on just in time to escape with an 87-84 win over Central Arkansas.

“Overall, our best players played well,” Jordan said. “… We sort of adjusted our defensive scheme. We went from switching everything because we wanted to make sure we were up on three-point shooters.”

Rutgers trailed by four going into the final media timeout when the pair stepped up. Freeman and Sanders scored six straight for the lead and a dribble-drive by the former with 33.6 seconds left sent Rutgers home with a victory.

Unlike St. John’s, Sanders put it away with four free throws.

“I had the same focus,” Sanders said. “I felt that at the end of the [St. John’s] game, I let my team down with those free throws. I’m a better free throw shooter than that. I just came to the line with the same mentality to knock them down and I did.”

Guard Mike Williams logged a career-high 25 points. He led all scorers in a game dedicated to his grandmother.

Sophomore forward D.J. Foreman came through with another solid game. His 10 points and 10 rebounds mark the first-career double-double. More importantly, Foreman shot 80 percent from the free throw line.

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