The No. 10 Florida Gators fell 85-83 through two overtimes to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a shocker on Thursday night.
If you have been paying attention to Rutgers' season, however, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
Sure, Florida has had a very good start to the season, losing only to No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Ohio State in very tight games.
However, Rutgers has quietly been putting together a respectable season as well. While they had no serious wins on their schedule up until Thursday, four of their five losses have been of six points or less. They dropped games to Miami (15 points), Illinois State (six), Richmond (five), LSU (five) and Princeton (two).
They brought their solid 44-percent shooting into Thursday's contest with the Gators and improved it throughout the game.
Their 48-percent shooting night was highlighted by a 12-for-24 performance from freshman guard Eli Carter. He scored 31 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists. He was involved from the beginning to the end of the game, making plays on both ends of the floor for the Scarlet Knights.
Here are several of Carter's plays that deserve attention:
18:18 left in 1st—Carter scores Rutgers' first basket
8:52 left in 2nd—Carter makes a layup to tie the game at 51
3:43 left in 1OT—Carter blocks a Gators shot
20.0 left in 1OT—Carter makes three-pointer to tie the game at 76
2:59 left in 2OT—Carter makes shot to go up 80-78
1:50 left in 2OT—Carter scores to go up 82-78
The Scarlet Knights would hold on to that final lead and beat a ranked opponent for the first time since last February, when they beat No. 10 Villanova.
Rutgers faces South Florida on New Years Day, kicking off their Big East schedule.
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