DePaul Blue Demons @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights
4:00 PM ET, February 27, 2010
Louis Brown Athletic Center
Less than two weeks ago, DePaul (8-19, 1-14 Big East) and Rutgers (14-14, 4-11 Big East) battled in Rosemont, IL. Up by as many as 17 points in the first half, DePaul thought they had the game in the bag. Rutgers would have something to say about that. The Scarlet Knights would drop 44 points on the Blue Demons in the second half; as they would go on to pull off the comeback victory, 68-64.
Mac Koshwal led all scorers with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Demons, while Will Walker added 19 points in the face-off earlier this month against Rutgers.
Hamady Ndiaye guided the Scarlet Knights with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Dane Miller kicked in 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Tuesday night, Rutgers traveled up to Newark, NJ, for an in-state rivalry game against the Pirates of Seton Hall. The Pirates jumped out to an early 28-10 lead over the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers would slowly inch closer later in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough, as Seton Hall would go on to take the first of two games between the two New Jersey teams this season, 76-70.
Rutgers outrebounded Seton Hall on both ends of the floor, 17-to-12 on the offensive side and 45-to-35 all together. The Pirates would only turn the ball over a season-low 6 times compared to the Scarlet Knights 16.
Mike Rosario led Rutgers with 17 points, while Dane Miller contributed 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Hamady Ndiaye captured his 6th double-double on the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Jonathan Mitchell also took home his 2nd double-double, with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
This was only the second game this season that someone other than Ndiaye led the team in blocks for the Scarlet Knights.
Seton Hall and Rutgers are scheduled to battle again next week, Thursday March 4th, at the RAC.
DePaul is coming off a close loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats in Ohio Wednesday night, 74-69. This was their ninth loss in a row. The Blue Demons haven’t won a game in over a month, when they defeated Marquette by one, 51-50, on January 20th.
Will Walker steered the Blue Demons with 24 points, and Mac Koshwal posted his 9th double-double on the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds against the Bearcats.
With a loss later today against the Scarlet Knights, the Blue Demons would claim last place in the Big East for the second consecutive season. They would also clinch the last seed in the Big East Tournament for the second straight season, as well.
DePaul is 1-for-32 against Big East foes over the past 2 seasons.
With 14 wins on the season, and 4 wins in the Big East, Fred Hill Jr. is having his best coaching season as Rutgers head coach since taking over in 2006.
Scoring: Mike Rosario (Rutgers): 16.2 PTS/GM; Will Walker (DePaul): 16.6 PTS/GM
Rebounds: Hamady Ndiaye (Rutgers): 7.2 REB/GM; Mac Koshwal (DePaul): 10.1 REB/GM
Assists: James Beatty (Rutgers): 3.5 AST/GM; Jeremiah Kelly (DePaul): 2.6 AST/GM
Steals: James Beatty (Rutgers): 1.4 STL/GM; Mac Koshwal (DePaul): 2.1 STL/GM
Blocks: Hamady Ndiaye (Rutgers): 4.6 BLK/GM; Eric Wallace (DePaul): 1.0 BLK/GM
By: James Surmonte