Corey Sanders: I think I Earned My Spot Back

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan used freshman star Corey Sanders off the bench for two games in search of an improved mentality and "he got there" against Maryland, said the Scarlet Knight head coach.

Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan called a two-game stretch off the bench a "bump in the road to maturity" for freshman Corey Sanders. After senior Bishop Daniels started ahead of him in losses to Wisconsin and No. 3 Maryland, Sanders struggled against Wisconsin before a scoring flurry against Maryland cut a deficit from 42 points to the eventual 88-63 loss.

"I think, today, I earned my spot back," Sanders said. "Coach just wants to make sure I was doing everything right. That was just a little wake-up call. It hasn't really affected me. Last game, I let it get into my head, but this game, I just moved forward to earn my spot back. That's all that was."

Sanders scored a team-high 16 points against the Terps on 6-for-15 shooting. He hit three straight long-range shots to end the game.

"I felt the need to shoot the ball," he said. "I was just trying to cut the deficit still and those went down for me. That was good."

Jordan discussed where Sanders stands with Nebraska (8-8, 0-3) at home next.

"It was a continuation of trying to get on the same page as far as representing everything about Rutgers," Jordan said. "He got there. He got there tonight."

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