Rutgers defeated Caldwell in its only exhibition game leading up to its season opener Friday night against Marist Friday night. Here are a few highlights and lowlights from the evening:
Corey Chandler did not dress. Mike Rosario started his night off by missing his first two shots, a runner and an 18 foot jump shot. Rosario’s first three pointer drew a rousing ovation from the crowd. N’diaye swatted two Caldwell shots back to back and let out a smirk. Later in the half he missed a tip-back slam. When Gregory Echenique slams, he holds onto the rim that reminds you of the classic Shaq dunk. Rosario’s sixth three-pointer of the night got a friendly bounce off of the rim and backboard before falling in. Patrick Jackson bounced the ball off of his foot on a fast break, leading to a turnover. A technical foul was called on Caldwell’s coach with Farmer nailing both free throws.
The Student section drew as many fans as it did for games that counted last year. N’diaye made a foul line jumper off the dribble. Lunging for a loose ball near the RU bench Christian Morris sent a hard elbow into JR Inman before falling into a seat on the bench. Later in the game Morris went full speed after a ball and had to jump to avoid the fence behind the Knights’ bench. Rutgers spent a large part of the game working a 1-3-1 full court press after made baskets. N'diaye finished with a triple-double, admittedly his first since high school not including summer league, with 11 points, 10 rebounds and blocks.