With a second chance to earn a what many considered would be an NCAA Tournament clinching victory, Rutgers lost to Northwestern 65-53 on Senior Night at the RAC. The Scarlet Knights jumped out to a 10-3 lead early but followed it with a ten minute stretch in which they scored just one field goal. It was an offensive struggle all night and ultimately held RU back from having a chance to win.
“It’s the same thing,” said head coach Steve Pikiell. We’ve had games where we really scored. The other day we scored, and our defense wasn’t good, so we’ve got to have both at this time of the year. You got to play good defense and good offense playing really good teams. As you guys can see, this league is a monster, everybody’s good. Everything comes down to a basket or a free throw. We just have to play better and these guys are very capable of that.”
You can read my full game recap here.
For game highlights, press conferences for both coaches, my rapid reaction video and more, scroll below.
Rutgers Postgame Presser
Northwestern Postgame Presser
AB’s Reaction Video
Rutgers Full Box Score
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