PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) From the opening tip, Rutgers and City College of New York looked like teams from different divisions.
It tied the largest margin of victory in school history, 56, when Rutgers defeated Trenton State 91-35 in 1936. Rutgers used the opportunity to clear its bench, with 13 players checking in, including four walk-ons.
"We're figuring our team out - the rotation. And you got an obstacle with Mike (Williams out), so you're always kind of figuring your team out so these games are good to be able to do that," Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. "So now we got some film against zones, some film against man to man, talked to our guys about turnovers and taking timely 3s when you don't need to, so anytime you got live film of guys playing in action is a good learning tool."
Rutgers stormed out to a 51-13 halftime lead in its season opener and cruised in the second.
Corey Sanders added 12 points for Rutgers, while freshman Geo Baker had 10 points.
"That kid - he's going to be a great player," Sanders said of Baker. "He's ready to play right now and just being out there with him and getting those minutes, it feels good to get our chemistry down and just looking forward to getting more time out there with him." >> Read more