Scarlet Knights blown out again, 82-59

The doldrums continued for Rutgers as it dropped an 82-59 decision to Marquette to remain winless in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights lost their last nine games, including eight straight in league play by an average of 19.1 points. Marquette built a 26-point first-half lead in rolling to the win. Mike Rosario led Rutgers in scoring with 16 points.

It took less than four minutes for Rutgers to trail by double digits, and the Scarlet Knights never got close again.

Marquette led by at least 15 points for the final 33 minutes and had a 23-point halftime lead en route to a laughable 82-59 win Tuesday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Rutgers (9-11, 0-8 Big East) has lost nine straight, and has lost its eight conference games by an average of 19.1 points.

This time, it was Big East lower-level Marquette (12-8, 3-5) which crushed the Scarlet Knights, whose play makes it more and more possible coach Fred Hill's tenure at the school could end after four seasons.

The Golden Eagles had their way offensively, getting open looks from 3-point range en route making 9 of 17 (52.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

Maurice Akers, who was shooting better than 50 percent from 3-point range, made four in the first half as the Scarlet Knights didn't defend the perimeter with any vigor. The Golden Eagles were also 8 of 14 from 3-point range while building a 26-point first-half lead before taking a 44-21 lead into intermission.

It large deficit marked the sixth time in eight conference games Rutgers has trailed by at least 17 points at the half.

Mike Rosario led Rutgers with 16 points, Dane Miller chipped in 14 and Jonathan Mitchell had 10. Center Hamady Ndiaye had six points but grabbed 12 rebounds.

Darius Johnson-Odom and Jimmy Butler each scored 16 points to pace Marquette and Lazar Hayward had 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Acker finished with 14 points.

Rutgers cut Marquette's lead to 46-31 with a 10-2 run early in the second half on Ndiaye's dunk, but following a timeout Johnson-Odom made a 3-pointer to assure the Golden Eagles weren't going to give up their lead.

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