Princeton 53, Rutgers 40
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP)— Judson Wallace had 18 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Noah Savage scored a career-high 16 as Princeton overcame cold-shooting Rutgers 53-40 Wednesday night.
Princeton (4-2) gave first-year head coach Joe Scott a victory in his home debut while sending Rutgers (2-3) to its third straight defeat. The Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak in the series against Rutgers.
After Rutgers scored 10 straight points to take a 33-27 lead with 13:39 remaining, the Scarlet Knights made just one basket for the remainder of the game as the Tigers outscored them, 26-7.
It was Rutgers’ lowest point total since a 56-38 loss to Temple on Dec. 19, 1998. Rutgers shot 33.3 percent overall and 20 percent in the second half.
Princeton went ahead to stay when Wallace hit a 3-pointer to make it 34-33 with 9:47 remaining. With the score 41-38, Princeton used an 8-1 run to open a 10-point lead that sealed it with 1:35 left.
Despite playing without injured starting forwards Luke Owings and Andre Logan, Princeton had a 33-30 rebounding advantage. Ricky Shields, Quincy Douby and Ollie Bailey each had 11 points for Rutgers.