Rutgers overcomes 16-point deficit in second half to beat Northwestern, stay perfect at home
The perfect home record is still intact for Rutgers, but it didn’t come without a serious scare from Northwestern on Sunday evening.
Rutgers found itself down double digits in both the first and second half of Sunday’s game against Northwestern, needing a late run to get the victory. The Scarlet Knights went on an 18-4 run 7:47 to tie the game at 66-66 at the end of regulation, forcing overtime. They then outscored the Wildcats 11-7 in the final five minutes to get the victory.
Geo Baker had a huge night for Rutgers, scoring 25 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing five assists off the bench. Akwasi Yeboah was the team’s second-leading scorer with 13 points and Ron Harper Jr. finished with 10. Myles Johnson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Northwestern got off to a hot start, jumping out to a quick 15-5 lead by the first media timeout. The Wildcats built the lead to 17 points with less than four minutes to play in the first half, going ahead 35-18. Rutgers was a able to make a late surge to close the gap to 38-27 by halftime.
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It was more of the same early in the second half, as the Wildcats maintained a double-digit advantage through nearly 14 minutes. At one point, Northwestern owned a 16-point lead at 52-36, appearing to put the game out of reach.
That furious late-game run, which included a tying three-point shot from Baker, kept Rutgers alive, forcing overtime. Rutgers never trailed in the five minutes of the extra period.
With the victory, the Scarlet Knights are now 16-0 at the RAC and are 8-5 in B1G play. Rutgers is 17-7 overall.