NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Rutgers head coach Mike Rice joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Wednesday morning to break down the Scarlet Knights’ early success in the Big East Tournament.
Jonathan Mitchell scored 25 points, including eight free throws in overtime, to lead Rutgers to a 76-70 victory over Seton Hall on Tuesday.
“There was no chaos in yesterday’s game,” Rice said. “It was just a normal first-round Big East victory.”
There was a 3 by Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell to tie at the buzzer in regulation. There were only two field goals in the overtime but there were enough free throws for four lead changes in a span of 1:19. There was a replay review that added a technical foul into the mix and five players fouled out in the extra 5 minutes.
“It is what it is,” said the coach. “I hated the call, but, you know, by the letter of the law it was probably a good call.”
In addition to state bragging rights and two wins in their three meetings this season, the 13th-seeded Scarlet Knights (15-16) will next play 17th-ranked and fifth-seeded St. John’s on Wednesday.
“We hear so much about St. John’s, and they should (get the press). They’re an unbelievable team and Coach Lavin’s doing an unbelievable job,” said Rice. “I think we have, again, another chance to prove something to people.”
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