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.