Groundhog Day Loss for Rutgers Basketball, Says Coach Eddie Jordan

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- In what Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan called a Groundhog Day loss for the Scarlet Knights, his team fell 70-58 to Penn State in spite of 19 points and 15 boards for freshman Jonathan Laurent. The loss marks 29 straight in the Big Ten for Rutgers.

Opening Statement:

“The first thing we talked about in pregame was that we needed to keep a scoring pace, especially early in the game. We didn’t do that, but we had some spurts, just didn’t have enough scoring. It’s disappointing that our guys didn’t make shots. When you are not making shots, you have to defend and rebound. I didn’t see that either. I went a different route. I liked what we did with Khalil in the second half. He gave us a spark, he’s an athlete, guarding, slashing. We sort of rallied around that. I’m disappointed with guys who are supposed to make shots that can’t make shots, and we don’t have enough scoring.

On the momentum swing back to Penn State after Rutgers took lead in second half:

“It was just their ability to score consistently. They have a pretty good attack. They go inside. They have good shooters, they have good guards, good size. They got some offensive rebounds and some kick outs. We just didn’t respond with scoring enough to match their pace. They have different ways of scoring. Pat’s done a good job with them. They had a great win against Iowa. Their size wore us down. It’s Groundhog Day for us. Just over and over and over again we give great effort, we’re there, we’re trying to box out, but they kick it out, they get threes. So we just couldn’t keep the pace and play with them at the rim.”

On his outlook on the season:

“I look at it like this. We have the opportunity to get in the gym tomorrow and keep them excited and keep them spirited. It’s a heck of a test, and I’m looking to pass the test. It doesn’t matter about the W’s and the L’s, passing the test is to keep doing your job, keep them spirited, keep them organized, and continue to give great effort. The test is that as a coach.”

On Jonathan Laurent:

“Jonathan did a lot of good things for us. He’s part of our young core that we hope are going to have success for us in our immediate future with him and Corey (Sanders) and Shaq (Doorson) and Ibrahima (Diallo) and the kids coming in, DJ and Mike getting older.”

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