‘We’re great’: Rutgers upsets No
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– Webcam Spencer’s 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left gave Rutgers the lead, and No. 1 Purdue stopped working to transform on its last 2 possibilities Monday night as the Scarlet Knights hung on for a shocking 65-64 road victory.It’s the second straight season coach Steve Pikiell’s group has actually distressed top-ranked Purdue. Last season, the Scarlet Knights needed a half-court buzzer-beater on their home court to pull off the school’s very first win over a No. 1-ranked team.This time Rutgers(10-4, 2-1 Big 10)did it in front of
Mackey Arena’s 49th successive sellout crowd.” You require everyone on the roster to win a game like this on the roadway,”Pikiell said.”And everyone was ready to chip in.”Spencer completed with 14 points while Paul Mulcahy had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 helps.
“We know what’s coming. What Rutgers did tonight didn’t shock us,” Purdue coach Matt Painter stated.
“If we were going to war, we ‘d come by New Jersey and choose them up.” The Boilermakers(13-1, 2-1) were led by Zach Edey, who got rid of early nasty difficulty to end up with
19 points and 10 rebounds. It simply wasn’t enough to liquidate an extraordinary second-half rally from a 10-point deficit. New Mexico is now the last staying unbeaten group in Division I. 2 Related”You desire them to be physically and psychologically tougher than they were,” Painter said of his group.”Then, tidy up the sloppiness.
controlled the game most of the night, taking a 34-24 halftime lead and warding off the Boilermakers as they charged back. Purdue tied the score at 52, then lastly took the lead on Brandon Newman’s tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:45 to play.Mulcahy answered with the Scarlet Knights’ next 10 points, which offered Rutgers a 62-57 lead with 2:22 to play. Purdue responded to with 4 straight to make it 62-61, and when Mulcahy missed out on a short jumper with 54 seconds to go, Edey got the rebound, Purdue called timeout and freshman Fletcher Loyer made the go-ahead 3 with 29.8 seconds left.But Spencer made his 3 after another timeout, then saw Newman miss a 3. And after Rutgers turned it over on an inbounds play with 0.4 seconds to go, the Boilermakers could not get the ball to
Edey for a final shot.”He played well the whole game, and he’s not simply a shooter,”Pikiell stated of Spencer.” He leads the league in takes and he does a lot for us. At the end, he’s like,’ I’m making that.’He’s an extremely positive kid.”The Scarlet Knights, in the Pikiell age, have actually beat 14 ranked challengers, upset a No. 1 team for the very first time in school history and now they have actually done it once again.
Rutgers appears headed to a school-record 3rd straight NCAA tournament. “We’re 3 games into the very best league in the nation,” Pikiell stated.”We’re good, however it’s a long, long season.”Painter concurred.
“This league is tough,”he said.”Every team presents various issues. “The Associated Press contributed to this report.