Men’s basketball Rutgers returns home to face Lafayette on Monday
Monday 23 November 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
Jersey Mike’s Arena | Piscataway, New Jersey
TV: Big Ten Plus (Pxp: Dom Savino, Color: Tim Catalfamo)
Radio: Rutgers Sports Properties Radio Network (WCTC 1450 AM / WOR 710 AM; Jerry Recco and Austin Johnson)
PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men’s basketball returns to Jersey Mike’s Arena to face the Lafayette Leopards on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Scarlet Knights just won their only loss of the season at WinTrust Arena against DePaul on Thursday night.
The Blue Demons beat RU 73-70 after a second-half performance where the team took their last six shots, including four three-pointers.
Rutgers and Head Coach Steve pikiell will look to remain undefeated at home against the Leopards, who have yet to win a game this season.
Lafayette (0-4) sends back 4 out of 5 starters from a season ago, including 2021 Patriot League All-Rookie performer Kyle Jenkins who has scored in double digits in every game this season, including 18 on Friday night at Duke.
Senior guard Tyrone Perry is averaging 13.3 points per game in the young season and scored a career-high 25 points in the team’s opener at Syracuse.
Junior forward Neal Quinn didn’t score a goal in the season opener in Syracuse and quickly got the ship right. He tallied his first career double-double against Cornell with 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds with five assists before leading the Leopards in points, rebounds and assists at Penn.
Freshman CJ Fulton continues to show promise for Lafayette and worked his way into the starting lineup at Penn and Duke, scoring a record seven points with one block and one steal against the Blue Devils.
Fran O’Hanlon of Lafayette has been the head coach of the Leopards for 27 years. O’Hanlon has coached the most games in Patriot League history (764) and had 354 career wins.
What to watch
The Scarlet Knights will be looking to shoot and score early against the Leopards. In all four games so far this season, Rutgers has trailed at halftime. RU edged opponents by 44 points overall in the second half and won three of those games.
Pikiell wants to see his team bounce back from Thursday night’s game where DePaul had 27 more free throws than the Scarlet Knights.
Key quote from the head coach
“You can’t defend the free throw line,” Pikiell said. “We’ve made too many mistakes. When you’re on the road, when you have that disparity, I was disappointed that we didn’t bounce back from the missed free throws. You have to make up a lot of points when you put a team on. about the foul I was very disappointed with our free throw blocks. I have to do a better job to make sure we do that. We couldn’t get over that in the game, the fouls were a huge problem. We have to do a better job of rebounding without fail. ”
History against Lafayette
On December 22, 2019, Rutgers defeated Lafayette in a 63-44 home final.
Guards Geo Baker and Paul Mulcahy had 10 points each in the game and former Scarlet Knights center Myles johnson had a career-high 18 points.
Now senior Leopards Tyrone Perry started off and scored eight points with a pair of 3 points in the game while now junior Neal Quinn scored five in 17 minutes off the bench.
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Ron Harper Jr. achieved his fourth double-double of the season Thursday night against DePaul.
The senior had never had four consecutive double-doubles in his career with the Scarlet Knights. Harper shot 50% from the field (6-12) as well as three points (4-8) and tallied 11 rebounds overall.
Geo Baker scored 15 points on 6 of 12 shots and appeared to hit each of his three long-range shots on the night in important moments for the Scarlet Knights on Thursday night. Baker continued to show his ability to play with six assists.
This marks his most assists in a non-conference game since his six dishes against Bryant in November 2019.
The Scarlet Knights will wear homecoming jerseys on Monday night as a tribute to the 1997s teams in UK.
Check out the threads RU will be rocking on Monday night below:
Monday we send him back to the 70s. We will adapt to our feedback. ️ pic.twitter.com/najcEd8R2j
– Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) November 21, 2021