Lockdown defense: Rutgers holds Marcus Carr scoreless, leads Minnesota at half
Rutgers’ defense shut down one of the B1G’s top guards.
Minnesota’s Marcus Carr was held scoreless in the opening half of Saturday’s showdown in Minneapolis, closing out the regular season for both teams. Carr missed all 5 shot attempts, including 3 from long range through the first 20 minutes.
The Scarlet Knights owned a 37-28 advantage at the break.
Two Rutgers players scored in double figures in the first half, led by Jacob Young who had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Geo Baker added 10 points with 9 coming from 3-point range. Young also had 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Minnesota was led by Brandon Johnson, who scored 11 points and grabbed 5 boards for the Golden Gophers.
Rutgers also held Minnesota to under 31% shooting from the floor, making just 8-of-26 attempts from the floor and 3-of-11 from deep. The Scarlet Knights shot just under 50%, making 14-of-29 field goal tries.
Rutgers is 13-10 on the season and could use a road win to assure its spot in the NCAA tournament. Minnesota is trying to avoid a seventh-straight loss to close the year.