Rutgers-Seton Hall: Scarlet Knights Look to Rebound from Embarrassing Loss

Jimmy SurmonteCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2010

Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ Seton Hall Pirates

7PM ET, Feb. 23, 2010

Prudential Center

Newark, NJ

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (14-13, 4-10 Big East) squad shot a season-low 35 percent (21-of-60) from the field Saturday night while being blown out of the building by the UConn Huskies.

They look to leave that humiliating loss behind as they travel up the Turnpike to battle the Seton Hall Pirates (15-10, 6-8 Big East) tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

The Scarlet Knights were able to keep the game close early, but come second half, UConn ran away with it. Getting up by as many as 20 points, the Huskies outperformed Rutgers in every category possible. The beating Rutgers endured was their worst loss at home this season since Villanova destroyed them last month by 26.

Hamady Ndiaye led Rutgers with 13 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks. Coming off the bench for being late to a Saturday morning shootaround, Mike Rosario was still able to kick in 14 points before fouling out. Dane Miller contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights.

Seton Hall, injured and depleted, gave it their all, but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated by the No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday afternoon, 75-63, in Morgantown, WV.

The Pirates were without starting PG Eugene Harvey for the second straight game, as he has been out with a bruised wrist.

This injury may cause him to miss tonight’s game as well.

Jeremy Hazell, who went for a career-high 41-point outburst two months ago against the Mountaineers, was held to only nine points. This was the fourth time this season Hazell has been held to single-digit points.

Jeff Robinson led the Pirates with 16 points, while the Big East's leading rebounder, Herb Pope, added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Hazell suffered a deep cut on his shooting hand last Wednesday against St. John's. This may be to blame for his lackluster performance against West Virginia.

Since ’01-’02, Seton Hall leads the series against Rutgers, 11-6.


Statistical leaders

Scoring: Mike Rosario (Rutgers): 16.1 PTS/GM; Jeremy Hazell (Seton Hall): 21.4 PTS/GM

Rebounds: Hamady Ndiaye (Rutgers): 7.0 REB/GM; Herb Pope (Seton Hall): 11 REB/GM

Assists: Mike Coburn/James Beatty (Rutgers): 3.4 AST/GM; Eugene Harvey (Seton Hall): 4.7 AST/GM

Steals: James Beatty (Rutgers): 1.4 STL/GM; Jeremy Hazell (Seton Hall): 1.8 STL/GM

Blocks: Hamady Ndiaye (Rutgers): 4.7 BLK/GM; Herb Pope (Seton Hall): 1.8 BLK/GM


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