For Rutgers, Las Vegas is Calling

Rutgers basketball tips off at midnight for the first of two games in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving week. Star newcomers Corey Sanders and DeShawn Freeman discuss the significance of the trip after a 3-1 start to the 2015-16 season.

On to Las Vegas. It was the rallying cry for Rutgers before it even left the locker room after a three-point home victory over Central Arkansas.

Rutgers, led by newcomers Corey Sanders and DeShawn Freeman, immediately turned their attention to Men Who Speak Up Main Event tournament from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“It’s a measuring stick to see where we are,” Sanders said. “We want to go out here and win these games to prove a point. Everything from here on out is a statement game so we’re looking forward to it.”

The Las Vegas weekend begins at midnight against Creighton and continues with a game against either Massachusetts or Clemson.

“We’re going in to take it one game at a time,” said Freeman, who logged four blocks and four steals in Saturday’s win over UCA. “We’re going to try to come out with a win, but we’re taking it one game at a time.”

Rutgers defeated Central Arkansas Saturday in a bounce-back result from the heart-breaking loss at St. John’s during the week. The Scarlet Knights are underdogs in Las Vegas, but feel confident after a 3-1 start to the season.

“It shows everybody that we’re not going to roll over and die,” said sophomore Mike Williams. “We’re not going to sulk over one game.”

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