RUTGERS 76 – RIDER 46
Coming off a frustrating Friday night against Temple, the Scarlet Knights got right real quick with a thoroughly dominant 76-46 victory over Rider at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Tuesday night.
Rutgers held Rider to just 25 percent shooting, 15 percent from downtown, and scored 26-points off Rider turnovers.
“The defense today was great, and we played against a very dangerous team,” head coach Steve Pikiell said. “I was concerned with this game, but our approach was good. These guys all got opportunities to play. Cam (Spencer) continues to do good things for us and (Antwone Woolfolk) is getting better and better. There were a lot of great plays from all of the guys, and I liked our energy for 40 minutes.”
In fact leading the way defensively was Cam Spencer who forced four of the 10 steals Rutgers made on the night.
“Spencer is currently tied for the lead in the country in steals (20) and steals-per-game (4.0). Spencer made all three of his three-pointers in the first half and finished with 19 points and a pair of assists on the offensive end. His 19 points were a Rutgers-high through his first five games in Scarlet,” according to Rutgers Athletics.
Clifford Omoruyi also contributed 20 points and eight boards in the victory.
Rutgers (4-1) will face Central Connecticut State on Saturday.