Rutgers notches victory over Minnesota thanks to clutch play from Geo Baker
Rutgers has doubled its B1G win total from a season ago.
Sunday night, the Scarlet Knights notched an exciting 68-64 home victory over Minnesota, thanks in large part to the efforts from Geo Baker. The star guard made some huge plays down the stretch, including a go-ahead three-pointer with less than a minute to play.
Trailing 61-59 with under two minutes left, Baker made a game-tying layup with 1:43 to go in the second half. On Minnesota’s next possession, Baker came up with a big block and followed it up with a go-ahead three-pointer, giving Rutgers a 64-61 lead with 1:00 left.
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He also knocked home two free throws to give the Scarlet Knights a 66-63 advantage, which proved to be enough for the win. Baker finished the game with 13 points and three assists in the win.
Montez Mathis led Rutgers with 18 points and Eugene Omoruyi added 14 and grabbed nine rebounds in the victory. The Scarlet Knights avenged an 88-70 loss to Minnesota back in January.
With the win, Rutgers improved to 6-11 in B1G play, doubling its conference win total from the 2017-18 campaign. Last year, the Knights finished 3-15 in the league and 15-19 overall.
For the year, Rutgers is 13-14.
Minnesota was led by Gabe Kalscheur, who scored 21 and Daniel Oturu had 20. They were the only two Gophers to reach double figures for the night, as the team dropped to 17-11 on the year and 7-10 in B1G play.