Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell has joined an exclusive club in Rutgers men’s basketball history becoming the sixth coach in program history to win 100 games.
“I’m thankful that Pat Hobbs gave me this opportunity,” Pikiell said. “It means I have good players. These guys are good players. It’s on to the next, we got one day to prepare for the next one, so we’ll enjoy it sometime. I’m glad, our guys played well today, it’s the games in the middle of the week that you always worry about. They were really focused, and I’m pleased with that.”
Senior point guard Paul Mulcahy praised his coach for the milestone. “That’s a major achievement,” the senior point guard said. “Coach Pikiell worked his tail off since he got here. He keeps getting better. He’s always watching film. He’s an incredible coach and he has done incredible things in the short time he’s been here. I’m thankful he’s, my coach. He doesn’t talk about himself enough, but that’s big time.”
Aundre Hyatt led all scorers with 19 points, and a perfect 7-of-7 at the charity stripe. Cam Spencer added 18 points for Rutgers, while Clifford Omoruyi contributed 17 points. Derek Simpson had 11 points.
The 38-point margin of victory over Sacred Heart marked the first time since 2005-06 that Rutgers men’s basketball won back-to-back games by 30-plus points.
Rutgers will host UMass Lowell at 12 noon on Sunday.