Rutgers Stomps UMass Lowell In Big Ten Tune Up

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The rocky Rutgers non-conference slate ended strongly with back-to-back victories during the holidays. A season-high 22 points from Omari Grier and a double-double from Jonathan Laurent. propelled Rutgers to one of its smoothest wins of the season to date – a 89-66 final over UMass Lowell.

 Guard Corey Sanders picked up where he left off as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Classmate Jonathan Laurent and graduate transfer Omari Grier played their best games as Scarlet Knights in addition. Laurent picked up his first career double-double while Grier produced his highest output at Rutgers with 22 points on 86 percent shooting from long range.

“He’s just got a funky shot,” said coach Eddie Jordan. “It’s a little bit unorthodox. It’s a little bit low trajectory, soft release, kind of a slower release but it was good that he got it off. He’s got to learn to get that off against bigger opponents.”

Rutgers pulled away with a 28-12 run during the first half and looks for an even stronger push Wednesday in the Big Ten opener. Rutgers faces Indiana (10-3) at the RAC after two losses last season to the Hoosiers.

“I feel like this game was a good start-up game for us,” Laurent said. “We’ve been trying to get back on track. I think we’re back on track now and I think this game was a good boost to go into the Big Ten. We’ve got some mojo going into the Big Ten.”

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