Minnesota's late push falls short, Rutgers gets important road win
Rutgers can breathe a little easier now.
The Scarlet Knights blew a double-digit lead in the second half of Saturday afternoon’s bout with Minnesota, but they were able to regroup and do just enough to escape the Twin Cities with a crucial 77-70 road win in overtime. The victory almost certainly clinched a spot for Rutgers in the NCAA tournament.
Jacob Young had a huge day for the Scarlet Knights, scoring 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. He also dished out 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. Three others scored in double figures for Rutgers, with Geo Baker and Montez Mathis each getting 12 and Ron Harper Jr. adding 11.
Myles Johnson came up one point shy of a double-double, collecting 15 rebounds and scoring 9 points in the win.
The key for Rutgers came on the defensive end, holding Minnesota star guard Marcus Carr to just 7 points on 1-of-13 shooting in the game. He also picked up 4 personal fouls, keeping his minutes limited in the second half.
Minnesota shot a paltry 31.3% from the floor and made just 6-of-26 shots from 3-point range.
With the victory, the Scarlet Knights improved to 14-10 on the year. Rutgers was safely in the tournament before Saturday’s game, so a win should solidify its spot in March Madness.
Saturday’s loss marks the seventh-straight for the Gophers.