Rutgers 76, Seton Hall 70 (ot)
Records: Rutgers (15-16); Seton Hall (13-18)
Rutgers advances to face No. 5-seeded St. John’s in Wednesday’s BIG EAST Championship second round. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 58-56 decision to the Red Storm Feb. 2, 2011.
Rutgers snapped a three-game losing streak in the BIG EAST Championship and won its first game in the tournament since March 8, 2006, when the Scarlet Knights defeated Seton Hall 61-48 in a first-round game.
Today’s game was the 25th overtime game in BIG EAST Championship history and the first since the 2009 semifinals, when Syracuse defeated West Virginia 74-69.
Rutgers shot 46.0 percent from the field (23-of-50), matching its best field goal percentage in a BIG EAST Championship game. The Scarlet Knights were 29-of-63 from the field against Notre Dame March 9, 2005.
Rutgers had 13 steals, registering its best mark in that category in a BIG EAST Championship game.
Rutgers is 3-0 in BIG EAST Championship games when it scores at least 70 points. The Scarlet Knights are 3-11 in the tournament when they are held below 70 points.
The 10 starters accounted for 131 of the game’s 146 points.
Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell finishes his career averaging exactly 20.0 points per game in the BIG EAST Championship. Hazell scored 120 points in six career tournament games.
Both head coaches – Rutgers’ Mike Rice and Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard – w ere making their BIG EAST Championship debuts.
Rutgers and St. John’s will meet in the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 1999.