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Omoruyi's 20 points, 17 rebounds paces Rutgers past BU

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) The college basketball season is still in its infant stages, but maybe Rutgers is gaining a reputation as being a tough, hard-nosed defensive-minded team.

Just five days after holding Eastern Michigan to 36 points in a big win, the Scarlet Knights (4-1) came through defensively again Friday, holding Boston University to just 44 points in a 54-44 victory, the team's fourth win in five games this season.

Eugene Omoruyi had 20 points and 17 rebounds - the highest rebound total for a Scarlet Knight player in 12 years - and Geo Baker added 19 points as Rutgers limited a BU squad to a season-low point total and just 33 percent field-goal shooting. The Terriers (3-4) entered play Friday averaging nearly 74 points per game.

''I tell them all the time that defense is what decides the game,'' Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell said. ''If our defense continues to get better, we can win some games. I really do think we can be a good defensive team. We have taken a high step the last couple of games.''

The Scarlet Knights never trailed in the game and led by as many as 12 in the first half but held off the Terriers after BU cut the lead to 43-42 with 4:12 remaining in the game. The Scarlet Knights' defense stiffened and allowed just two points the rest of the way.

Omoruyi was huge in the second half, scoring 13 of his points and grabbing 13 of his rebounds after the break.

''I was just playing my hardest,'' said Omoruyi, who set a new career-high rebound total, surpassing his previous high of 10 with just his second-half performance. ''The coaches have faith in me to make plays. I just keep doing the little things that help us win.''

''Gene is high energy,'' Pikiell said. ''I just love his improvement. Whenever a guy gets 17 rebounds, it means a lot. It was one of those games where we just grinded it out and found a way to win the game. It was an old-fashioned win.''

Baker, who scored 20 in the win over Eastern Michigan, continued his fine play.

''I think it's one of my jobs to set the tone of the offense,'' said Baker, who had 15 of his points in the first half as the Scarlet Knights jumped out to the 29-19 haltime lead. ''I had to be aggressive and make some plays.''

''Geo's a good player and when he gets it going, he gets everyone going,'' Pikiell said. ''We need him to do a lot of things for us. He's been locked in lately.''

Shaquille Doorson had six points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the winners, who now face Miami, Michigan State and Wisconsin in a five-day span next week.

Tyler Scanlon paced Boston University with 11 points, the lone Terrier to reach double figures.

UP NEXT

Boston University: The Terriers head to New Hampshire to take on the on Wednesday.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights head to Miami to take on the Hurricanes on the Wildcats on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Tyler Scanlon, stolen by Issa Thiam 21.0
+ 1 Eugene Omoruyi made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
  Eugene Omoruyi missed 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Max Mahoney 24.0
  Defensive rebound by Eugene Omoruyi 25.0
  Javante McCoy missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Boston University 32.0
  Max Mahoney missed layup, blocked by Issa Thiam 34.0
+ 1 Geo Baker made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Geo Baker made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
  Personal foul on Alex Vilarino 37.0
Team Stats
Points 44 54
Field Goals 18-54 (33.3%) 18-56 (32.1%)
3-Pointers 3-23 (13.0%) 5-22 (22.7%)
Free Throws 5-8 (62.5%) 13-22 (59.1%)
Total Rebounds 33 45
Offensive 4 13
Defensive 24 30
Team 5 2
Assists 9 5
Steals 4 7
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 16 16
Fouls 21 15
Technicals 1 0
11 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 17 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Boston U. 3-4 192544
home team logo Rutgers 4-1 292554
Team Stats
away team logo Boston U. 3-4 72.3 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo Rutgers 4-1 67.9 PPG 42.2 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
2
T. Scanlon F 13.8 PPG 5.0 RPG 3.3 APG 46.2 FG%
5
E. Omoruyi F 13.8 PPG 7.2 RPG 2.4 APG 44.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Scanlon F 11 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
E. Omoruyi F 20 PTS 17 REB 1 AST
33.3 FG% 32.1
13.0 3PT FG% 22.7
62.5 FT% 59.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Scanlon 11 3 3 5/14 1/7 0/0 4 33 1 0 5 0 3
M. Mahoney 7 5 1 3/9 0/0 1/2 3 27 0 0 2 1 4
J. McCoy 6 6 3 2/10 0/5 2/2 1 33 1 0 1 2 4
S. Mathon 2 4 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 0 4
G. Pascoe 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 19 2 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Scanlon 11 3 3 5/14 1/7 0/0 4 33 1 0 5 0 3
M. Mahoney 7 5 1 3/9 0/0 1/2 3 27 0 0 2 1 4
J. McCoy 6 6 3 2/10 0/5 2/2 1 33 1 0 1 2 4
S. Mathon 2 4 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 0 4
G. Pascoe 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 19 2 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Guest 5 5 0 1/6 1/5 2/2 2 14 0 0 0 0 5
A. Vilarino 4 0 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 0 0
J. Hemphill 4 0 0 2/5 0/3 0/2 3 14 0 0 2 0 0
F. Tynen 3 2 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 18 0 2 1 1 1
A. Petcash 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Harper 0 2 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 2
K. Chambers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Whyte - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Mikula - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 44 28 9 18/54 3/23 5/8 21 200 4 2 16 4 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 20 17 1 6/12 1/3 7/11 4 31 0 0 5 4 13
G. Baker 19 2 2 6/12 3/8 4/6 0 35 1 1 4 0 2
S. Doorson 6 12 0 3/4 0/0 0/2 1 24 0 0 1 3 9
I. Thiam 6 3 0 2/9 1/4 1/1 2 29 1 1 0 2 1
P. Kiss 1 1 1 0/5 0/3 1/2 4 26 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Omoruyi 20 17 1 6/12 1/3 7/11 4 31 0 0 5 4 13
G. Baker 19 2 2 6/12 3/8 4/6 0 35 1 1 4 0 2
S. Doorson 6 12 0 3/4 0/0 0/2 1 24 0 0 1 3 9
I. Thiam 6 3 0 2/9 1/4 1/1 2 29 1 1 0 2 1
P. Kiss 1 1 1 0/5 0/3 1/2 4 26 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Mathis 2 1 0 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 16 2 0 0 0 1
M. Johnson 0 5 0 0/5 0/0 0/0 3 15 2 0 1 3 2
R. Harper Jr. 0 2 0 0/5 0/4 0/0 0 19 0 0 3 1 1
C. McConnell 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Downes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nathan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doucoure - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 43 5 18/56 5/22 13/22 15 200 7 2 16 13 30