The Scarlet Knights men’s basketball team lost to an A-10 opponent (St. Bonaventure) on Sunday and people brushed it off as the lone, allowable out-of-conference slip-up for a young team.
Last night, RU (3-2) followed it up by dropping a second-straight home game—this time to Lehigh of the Patriot League.
Rutgers showed little, if any, passion as the Mountain Hawks’ Marquis Hall led the way with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists out of the guard spot.
Both teams shot sub-40 percent from the floor, sub-30 percent from deep and sub-70 percent from the charity stripe. RU only out-rebounded Lehigh 41-40 in a game that may have nullified the Scarlet Knights’ promising 3-0 start.
Freshman star Mike Rosario had 14 points, but shot a horrific 4-for-20 from the floor and 3-for-12 from three-point range. Sophomore Corey Chandler added 15 points in 19 minutes off the bench (he needs to start at this point) and freshman Gregory Echenique was stellar again with 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Lehigh had four players put up double figures in points, sending the RAC crowd home stunned.
Fred Hill has some damage control to take care of after the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Scarlet Knights host Saint Peter’s on Sunday at 2 p.m.