It was a thorough and complete performance from Rutgers men’s basketball on Tuesday night in a 65-45 loss at Rutgers. A performance that Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry certainly didn’t like.
Rutgers has now won three of their last four games and is 14-6 (6-3 Big Ten). This latest win was the embodiment of the Rutgers brand under head coach Steve Pikiell, with the defense and rebounding leading the way.
Defensively, it was a tremendous effort from Rutgers in limiting Penn State to 33.3 percent from the floor and just 4-of-26 from 3-point range. Rutgers was efficient on offense, shooting 46 percent.
The game was won by Rutgers in the post, where the home team had a distinct 43:26 edge in rebounding. Penn State also struggled to contain Rutgers center Cliff Omoruyi.
The dual difficulty of getting shots to go in and containing Rutgers underneath the basket frustrated Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry.
“You want to be you want to win in this league. You got to play tough,” Shrewsberry told reporters after the game. “We played soft, we got our ass kicked and ran out the door.”
Shrewsberry gave credit to Rutgers, rolling through the usual pleasantries and accolades associated with this team and giving full credit to Pikiell for the victory. But Shrewsbury clearly didn’t like the effort or execution from his team at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Tuesday night.
“I mean they’re, they’re good defensively, like we’ve played good defenses,” Shrewsbuerry said of Rutgers.
“They’re really good. They were locked in on what we wanted to do. They took us out of some things that we wanted to do we didn’t respond well. We got the opening shots. We just missed open shots. I’m just disappointed in how we played defensively I thought we were really soft and they got whatever they wanted to.”
Shrewsberry was then asked during the press conference if there was anything else other than the “soft” effort from his team.
“Petite. I mean, like, I don’t know what to say. Like, they played grown-man basketball, no matter who was on our team, they took them to the post and they scored right? at some point in time. You got to stand up. At some point time you gotta have some pride. And right now we don’t have any pride,” Shrewsberry said.
“I told them that – like what I’m saying to you, I told them exactly this in the locker room. We need some pride -some prideful…