Scarlet Knights fall at Providence 94-81

The Scarlet Knights dropped their fourth straight game, trailing by 22 points in the first half before staging a mild rally to make it look respectable. Rutgers allowed 55 points in the first half as Providence's Jamine Peterson posted a double-double before intermission and finished with 29 points and 20 rebounds. Dane Miller scored 26 points for Rutgers and Jonathan Mitchell added 18 points.

Looking to rebound from the adversity of being blown out at West Virginia and the transfer of its franchise center, Rutgers responded with one of its worst halves of basketball during this suddenly tumultuous season.

The Scarlet Knights allowed 55 first-half points and trailed by 17 at the half in dropping its fourth straight, a discouraging 94-81 loss at Providence.

Rutgers (9-6, 0-3 Big East) is suddenly seeing its season crumble. Rebounding, defensive intensity and poor shot selection on offense are plaguing the suddenly plummeting Scarlet Knights.

Friars center Jamine Peterson posted a double-double by halftime and finished with 29 points and 20 rebounds. Sharraud Curry added 21 points for Providence (10-6, 2-2).

Freshman Dane Miller had a career-high 26 points and junior Jonathan Mitchell added a career-best 18 points for Rutgers, which followed its soft non-conference schedule with losses to North Carolina, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Providence.

Scarlet Knights leading scorer Mike Rosario finished with two points on 1 for 11 shooting before fouling out.

Although Rutgers cut Providence's once 22-point lead to 88-81 with 57 seconds remaining on a Miller tip-in, the Scarlet Knights were never really in it.

The Friars led big quickly, with Curry giving them a 12-3 with three free throws just a few minutes in. Mitchell, who scored Rutgers' first nine points, cut it to 12-9 on a 3-pointer before Providence's offensive barrage began.

En route to shooting 60 percent from the field in the first half, Peterson gave the Friars a 51-29 lead on a 3-pointer with 3:23 left. Peterson finished the half with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

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