NCAAB Game Recap - N.J.I.T. at Rutgers
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:00 PM EST

SFA
85
Duke
83
F(OT)
UGA
85
MSU
93
F
Kansas
71
BYU
56
F
Rich
65
Aub
79
F
Colora
71
Clem
67
F
NE
56
Drake
59
F
ColSt
61
LoyIL
60
F
W MI
55
Seatt
59
F
TN-M
64
GWebb
81
F
Web
68
Murr
69
F
NMSt
65
SoFL
45
F
Yale
81
Buck
61
F
Gram
74
PorSt
84
F
Hamp
73
USF
89
F
Boston
55
N CO
78
F
UCIrv
92
ULLa
67
F
(N/A)
64
Norf
54
F
Brown
63
UMassL
75
F
OlDom
50
WaSt
66
F
SthAL
82
MiaO
71
F
Wisc
50
NM
59
F
UCLA
74
Chami
48
F
IUPUI
77
South
83
F
WichSt
70
SCar
47
F
Woff
67
MD-ES
42
F
W IL
69
Ball
62
F
(N/A)
60
Stetsn
72
F
Furm
97
Elon
61
F
(N/A)
53
DelSt
90
F
Mizzu
66
Okla
77
F
Flrda
59
FlGlf
73
F
FaDi
66
ND
91
F
UtVal
61
MtStM
64
F
(N/A)
69
Bingha
90
F
(N/A)
73
HiPt
90
F
(N/A)
32
VMI
98
F
Mercer
51
StBon
56
F
NJIT
58
Rut
85
F
AzSt
67
Princ
65
F
Bry
76
UNH
87
F(OT)
(N/A)
66
UNCW
122
F
Corn
61
Navy
72
F
Copp
94
JMU
78
F
(N/A)
82
FlInt
96
F
App
69
ETSU
78
F
Brev
47
Citad
90
F
How
69
Amer
86
F
GMas
85
Nebras
66
F
WriSt
70
LaSal
72
F
StFNY
56
ArkLR
67
F
MorSt
84
W&M
95
F
Radf
63
Monm
80
F
(N/A)
65
Ill
117
F
(N/A)
56
Nich
102
F
Dayt
89
VaTec
62
F
CenMI
75
DeP
88
F
LoyMD
65
NebOm
70
F
Colg
99
WIGB
81
F
NCC
48
SIU
64
F
NWSt
69
ULMo
77
F
Canis
94
IL-C
64
F
HBU
73
Hou
112
F
Lamar
48
UAB
57
F
NrthIA
55
WVU
60
F
Wyo
47
TCU
64
F
ColCh
46
MTSt
82
F
Belm
82
E WA
87
F
(N/A)
50
N DA
115
F
Butl
68
Stan
67
F
Longw
58
UCRiv
71
F
SIU-E
50
Pacif
78
F
JackSt
57
UNLV
80
F
NDSt
70
Ida
53
F
UCDav
66
Cal
72
F
SamH
74
CSBak
65
F

Rutgers 85, N.J.I.T. 58

Nov 26, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

N.J.I.T. (2-5)

22

36

58

Rutgers (5-1)

36

49

85

Johnson, Harper lead Rutgers past NJIT 85-58
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:53 PM

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Both Myles Johnson and the Rutgers defense had breakout performances in the same night.

Johnson had a career-high 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Rutgers past NJIT 85-58 on Tuesday night.

"It definitely felt like one of the games that I made a statement to the league and everybody that I'm here," Johnson said.

Ron Harper Jr. had 25 points and seven rebounds for Rutgers.

In the first half, NJIT (2-5) led much of the first 10 minutes - and by as many as six points - before Geo Baker hit a 3-pointer off a Highlanders' turnover to make it 21-18 with 9:01 left. It sparked a 12-2 run for Rutgers (5-1) over the next five minutes, forcing NJIT coach Brian Kennedy to call timeout down 30-20. However, Rutgers would continue the run and take a 36-22 halftime lead.

"They definitely picked up their defense after the timeout," NJIT coach Brian Kennedy said. "They came up and picked up full court, started pressuring us and playing more physical, and pushing us out. We normally start our offense at the three-point line and in and we're out by the hash marks... I don't know what Steve (Pikiell) said in the timeout to get them going, but they were a more focused and more physical team on defense for sure."

Rutgers continued its pace in the second half, a 15-6 spurt ballooning the lead to 51-28 with 15:33 left after an alley-oop from Montez Mathis to Baker on a fast break. Rutgers would later lead by as many as 32 points.

NJIT was led by Kjell de Graaf with 13 points and San Antonio Brinson scored 11. Baker had 14 points and five assists for Rutgers.

COOKS NOT COOKING

The Scarlett Knights held Cooks, who was tied for fifth in the nation in scoring heading into the game, to 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

"I thought that was a key to the whole game was we kind of made it tough for Cooks to get good looks and he's an important part of their offense," Pikiell said.

SHARING IS CARING

Rutgers had 22 assists for the second time this season. The first was in an 86-39 win over Niagra.

"They're sharing the game. I love the fact that we had 22 assists. That's what happens when the ball goes inside. Good things happen when everyone touches the ball and everyone plays team basketball and I thought we had that today," Pikiell said.

BIG PICTURE

NJIT: The Highlanders were picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll under the direction of fourth-year coach Kennedy and behind the play of preseason all-conference guard Cooks, who was averaging 25.3 points per game heading into the contest.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have grinded their way through a weak non-conference schedule. They have one more cupcake in UMass before traveling to Pitt and opening Big Ten play at No. 3 Michigan State.

UP NEXT

NJIT: At Army West Point next Wednesday.

Rutgers: Host UMass on Friday.

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Leaders

N.J.I.T. PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Breland III 0 0 2 0 1 0
X. Mayo 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rutgers PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Brooks 0 0 1 0 0 0
L. Nathan 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

NJIT Rut
Points For 58 85
Field Goals 20/56-36% 35/60-58%
Three Pointers 6/20-30% 5/14-36%
Free Throws 12/14-86% 10/17-59%
Offensive Rebounds 8 11
Defensive Rebounds 17 28
Rebounds 28 46
Blocks 4 4
Steals 6 4
Turnovers 11 10
Personal Fouls 15 16
Technical Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Rut Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 26 NJIT 58 @ Rut 85 C. Matthews 3 A. Yeboah 1

Game Information

Stadium: Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey
Attendance: 4,509
Game Time: