Rutgers Edges St. John’s in Big East Hoops Matchup
Myles Mack scored 13 points, including making two free throws with 32 seconds to play, and Rutgers beat St. John’s 58-56 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Both teams ran spread offenses that used up quite a bit of the 35-second shot clock each possession. The final 3 minutes became mostly a free-throw shooting contest and Rutgers prevailed even though the Scarlet Knights (11-3, 2-1 Big East) made just 3 of 5 from the line over the final 32 seconds.
Dane Miller, who finished with 11 points, gave Rutgers the lead for good at 53-52 on a basket down low and he added to it 30 seconds later when he scored on a tip-in.
St. John’s (9-6, 1-2) struggled all over the court in trying to tie or take a lead in the final 2 minutes. The Red Storm missed two shots — 3-point attempts by D’Angelo Harrison and JaKarr Sampson — in the final 15 seconds when they trailed by either one or two points.
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