PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Scarlet Knights got back on track on Tuesday night against Penn State.
Rutgers defeated the Nittany Lions 65-45 behind a second half performance in which forward Aundre Hyatt dropped 12 points and went on his own 8-0 run. Hyatt finished the game with 14 points and shot 6-for-12 from the field. The defense was in prime form and held Penn State to a season-low in points and three-pointers made (four).
“(It was) a great environment today,” head coach Steve Pikiell said. “Thank you to our students that got here early. They were loud. Ton of respect for Penn State. Coach (Micah) Shrewsberry is doing an unbelievable job. They’ve got really good players who can really shoot the ball. They’re a unique team but I thought we did a really good job defending, right back to Rutgers basketball the way we defended for 40 minutes. Great team win. Everyone contributed, these guys were great. Aundre (Hyatt) had an unbelievable second half and Paul (Mulcahy) does what he does. Cliff (Omoruyi), for the entire game rebounding, (his) presence in the paint, whole nine yards. It was a Coaches vs. Cancer game today too. Amy Nolan’s our point person for that so I want to thank her for the work she did to make it even more special here. It’s just a good team win. We got a well-earned day off tomorrow for these guys.”
Junior center Clifford Omoruyi had another double-double performance with 16 points and ten rebounds. Omoruyi had 12 points in the first half and shot…