After five straight losses to begin the new year, the Rutgers men’s basketball team has won its first game in 2021, defeating Indiana 74-70. The Scarlet Knights (8-6, 4-6) recorded their first win since Dec. 29, 2020, and their first road win since Dec. 14, 2020, yesterday.
The Hoosiers (9-7, 4-5) played a competitive first half with Rutgers, trading the lead six times before going into the break down by 5. The Knights had an efficient first half from the field, shooting 16-for-27 and holding Indiana to 8-for-19 on 2-point shots.
Rutgers went into the half up 38-33.
The Knights held their lead for the entire second half, with the Hoosiers only being able to cut the lead to 3.
Junior center Myles Johnson shot 4-of-4 from the field, scoring 8 points. He also tallied five blocks, three steals and grabbed a key offensive rebound with 10 seconds left, a play that allowed the Knights to go up by 4 and seal the game.
Junior guard Ron Harper Jr. posted his second double-double of the season, tallying 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Indiana shot less than 43 percent from the field and was 10-of-16 from the three-pointer range. Three Hoosiers scored in double digits.
Rutgers shot more than 50 percent from the field and matched Indiana at the free-throw line by shooting 12-of-17. The Knights outrebounded and tallied more assists than the Hoosiers.
Rutgers faces Michigan State on Thursday.
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