Mike Rosario is ready to be in the spotlight.
Rutgers men’s basketball highly-touted freshman guard scored a game-high 23 points on 5-of-8 from behind the arc to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 91-56 exhibition victory over Division II Caldwell College tonight in Piscataway.
In front of 2,264 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Scarlet Knights showed an up-tempo offense, featuring extra fast break opportunities and adept perimeter shooting (7-of-16).
Defensively, RU even displayed a full-court press for approximately half the possessions and Fred Hill’s squad held the Cougars to 22 second-half points.
Junior center Hamady N’Diaye posted a triple-double, racking up 11 points, 10 rebounds and an astounding 10 blocks. Freshman power forward Gregory Echenique added 14 points and 8 rebounds of his own.
The Scarlet Knights had five players in double figures, as senior guard Anthony Farmer and sophomore swingman Earl Pettis posted 13 and 10 respectively.
Rosario also had four steals and three assists to go along with 23 points in just 29 minutes of game action.
Caldwell was led by Manny Perez’ 10 points on just 2-of-14 shooting.
Rutgers opens up 2008-2009 regular season play at the RAC on Friday night, when RU hosts Marist at 8:00pm.