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Rutgers finishes overseas trip with 3-0 record



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Rutgers men’s basketball won its third and final game overseas on Friday. In its second contest in Portugal, RU defeated the Hoopers Club 121-65 to finish 3-0. This came two days after beating the same team 119-62. Both games took place at the Pavilhão Desportivo dos Lombos in Cascais, Portugal. The Scarlet Knights won its lone game in Africa against Senegal Select in dramatic fashion by the final score of 85-83.

Note that for a second straight game in Portugal, a 24 second shot clock was utilized playing under FIBA rules. That leads to more possessions and more points.

In addition, the competition is hard to quantify but certainly well under a high major level. There are not many true takeaways you can take from results.

Winning is always positive.

One major takeaway so far through two games overseas is that Rutgers is taking and making a lot more shots from three-point range. They were 12 of 28 for 42.9% on Friday. They made 48 of 100 over the three games. More on this in my trip takeaways on Saturday.

It’s too early to determine if that is a shift offensively that will be a priority and also an effective weapon next season. With Aundre Hyatt, Gavin Griffiths and Noah Fernandes on the roster, it does appear that both are possible. Antonio Chol could emerge as well.

It’s great to see Rutgers share the basketball, play a free flowing style and knock down shots from the perimeter.

Here is the box score and here is a recap of the stats:

  • Rutgers shot 12-28 from three-point range (42.9%). In three games, RU was 48-100 for 48.0%. Wild stuff.
  • They recorded 30 assists as a team for a second straight game.
  • Cliff Omoruyi had 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He also had 1o rebounds including five on the offensive glass.
  • Aundre Hyatt scored 19 points on 5-8 shooting, 2 of 4 from three and 6-7 from the free throw line. He added 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
  • Gavin Griffiths had 15 points including 5 of 8 shooting and was 2 of 5 from behind the arc. He added 4 rebounds.
  • Antwone Woolfolk had 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
  • Jamichael Davis had a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists. He shot 4 of 8 from the floor including 2 of 3 from deep.
  • Noah Fernandes had 1o points on 3 of 7 shooting and 6 assists. He was 2 of 5 from deep.
  • Antonio Chol had 1o points and 3 rebounds.
  • Derek Simpson has 11 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. He was 5 of 9 from the floor.
  • Oskar Palmquist had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks while making 4 of 4 from the foul line
  • Jeremiah Williams, Austin Williams, Mawot Mag and Emmanuel Ogbole did not play.

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