PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Central Connecticut menâ€™s basketball team had extended scoring runs in both halves, but a late run by Rutgers was the difference on Sunday afternoon as Rutgers held on for a 71-67 win at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
CCSU shot nearly 50 percent for the game, while holding the Scarlet Knights to 35 percent shooting to keep the game close.Â
Junior scored 22 points with eight rebounds, while senior had 14 points and six boards for the Blue Devils. Junior finished with six points, six assists and five rebounds.
CCSU slips to 0-2 with the loss, while Rutgers is now 2-0.
After Rutgers opened the gameâ€™s scoring, the Blue Devils came back with a 10-0 run, holding the Scarlet Knights scoreless for 5:45.
Junior had a pair of dunks during the spurt and put Central ahead 10-2 at the 14:30 mark.
Rutgers gained its footing after Mike Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers to end the Central run.
The Knights scored six unanswered late in the half and took a 26-23 lead on Eugene Omoruyiâ€™s layup.
Rutgers eventually took its largest lead of the opening period at 30-26.
Senior hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute to go in the period and made it 30-29 at halftime.
The Blue Devils shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) in the first half.
The Scarlet Knights came out in the second half and scored six straight to build a 44-36 lead following a layup by Corey Sanders.
Sophomore ended the Rutgers run and hit a 3-pointer to make it 44-39. The bucket prompted a Rutgers timeout, but also sparked a 10-0 run for Central.
Sophomore had four points in the spurt and his foul shots capped the run to put CCSU ahead, 46-44.
But Rutgers responded with a Williams three-pointer to open a 12-0 run that gave the Scarlet Knights the lead for good. Williams had five points in the run and an Issa Thiam trey closed the run to make it 56-46.
Rutgers stretched the lead to as much as 65-50, but the Blue Devils threatened with a late run.
A lay-up by Bute and a three by junior opened an 11-0 run the got Central within 65-61, but the Scarlet Knights hit four foul shots down the stretch to hold on despite a long-range trey by Kohl at the buzzer for the final margin.
Central shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54) for the game and was 7-of-17 (.412) from beyond the arc, but committed 20 turnovers, which led to 23 Rutgers points.Â
Williams scored a game-high 23 points to lead three Rutgers players in double-figures.
Rutgers shot 35.4 percent (23-of-65) for the game and was 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from the arc.
The Blue Devils return to action at St. Johnâ€™s on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. game. The game will be aired on FS2.