With a rousing victory on the street in its Large Ten opener, Rutgers confirmed that its days of serving because the convention doormat simply may be over.
Ron Harper Jr. scored 19 of his 27 factors within the second half, and the 19th-ranked Scarlet Knights cruised previous Maryland 74-60 on Monday evening.
It marked the primary time Rutgers (5-0, 1-0) received its Large Ten opener and received at Maryland, the defending convention co-champions. The Scarlet Knights hadn’t received a Large Ten opener since becoming a member of the league in 2014, and had been 16-73 in convention play earlier than going 11-9 final season.
“They had been even higher tonight than I assumed,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon mentioned. “They’re actually gifted. They’re having enjoyable on the market.”
Combining the capturing of Harper with a robust effort on the defensive finish, the Scarlet Knights validated their lofty standing as a Prime 20 crew.
“Everybody sort of chipped in,” coach Steve Pikiell mentioned. “I cherished the way in which we grinded the entire 40 minutes.”
The Scarlet Knights broke open a decent recreation with a 10-Zero run that made it 50-38 with 11:49 left. Myles Johnson began and ended the spree with dunks, and Harper contributed a 3-pointer.
After Donta Scott stemmed the surge with a long-range jumper, Harper related from behind the arc and Jacob Younger scored within the lane to offer the Scarlet Knights a 14-point cushion.
“Each time we made a play, they answered it,” Turgeon famous.
Johnson had 12 factors and 16 rebounds and Geo Baker scored 15 in his return from an ankle damage he sustained within the season opener.
That is the primary time since 1934-35 that Rutgers has opened with 5 straight double-digit victories, and this one was by far probably the most satisfying.
“To get our first street win is an effective feeling,” Pikiell mentioned. “It was a extremely good crew win.”
Scott scored 20 and Eric Ayala added 12 for Maryland (4-2, 0-1).
“Harper took over the sport on the offensive finish and Johnson was phenomenal on the defensive finish,” Turgeon mentioned. “You’ve obtained to offer them loads of credit score.”
Harper, a 6-foot-6 junior guard, went 10 for 17 from the ground, related on 5 of eight photographs from past the arc and chipped in with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
“Ron is a troublesome matchup and is enjoying with actually good confidence,” Pikiell mentioned. “Tonight he had it going, and we continued to get him the ball in good spots the place it was powerful for guys to defend him.”
After Maryland closed to 60-51, Harper drilled a 3-pointer to revive the double-digit lead, and the Scarlet Knights coasted to the end.
Rutgers: That was a strong begin in convention play for the Scarlet Knights. Harper can rating from wherever on the ground, and Pikiell has Rutgers enjoying aggressively and successfully on the defensive finish, as evidenced by Maryland’s 34.Four capturing share.
Maryland: The Terrapins have dropped two straight, and their youth is displaying. The lack of stars Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan Jr. has left Turgeon in search of solutions and a constant scorer. “We’ve obtained to get our confidence up,” Turgeon mentioned.
Rutgers hosts Illinois on Sunday afternoon.
Maryland will get every week off earlier than going through La Salle at dwelling on Dec. 22.