Rutgers men’s basketball again has the Big Ten on notice after a dominating effort against Penn State to the tune of 65-45 to improve to 14-6 on the season, and 6-3 in conference.
Clifford Omoruyi led the way with another double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds as he dominated on the glass for Rutgers. Paul Mulcahy contributed 12 points, six assists and six boards. Andre Hyatt finished with 14 points on the night, including score 12 of those points in the second half. Hyatt had his own personal 8-0 run in the second half as Rutgers pulled away.
“We did a really good job defending, right back to Rutgers basketball the way we defended for 40 minutes. Great team win,” Head Coach Steve Pikiell said. “Everyone contributed, these guys were great. Aundre (Hyatt) had an unbelievable second half and Paul (Mulcahy) does what he does. Cliff (Omoruyi), for the entire game rebounding, (his) presence in the paint, whole nine yards.”
Rutgers defense smothered Penn State’s offensive approach, holding the Nittnay Lions to 33 percent shooting from the floor and just 15 percent from down town.Here are some figures shared by Rutgers Athletics:
- Rutgers held Penn State to a season-low 45 points, the 13th different team RU has held to a season-low in scoring this season. 12 of the 14 opponents at Jersey Mike’s Arena have been held to a new season-low in points scored.
- That was the lowest output by a Big Ten opponent this year against RU, who also held Indiana (48 points) and Maryland (50 points) to 50 points or fewer in Big Ten play.
- Rutgers has now held 19 of its 20 opponents to date under their scoring average entering the game.
- RU has held 16 opponents to 10+ points below their average.
- Rutgers is now 14-1 when holding its opponent to 65 or fewer points and 6-0 when doing so in Big Ten games.