In a game characterized by a strong defensive performance, Rutgers secured a 71-60 victory over Georgetown, with Derek Simpson making a significant contribution of 15 points.
The Scarlet Knights (3-1) took control with an 11-0 run at the start of the second half, during which Aundre Hyatt delivered two 3-pointers to establish a commanding 54-36 lead. From there, the Hoyas (1-2) were unable to narrow the deficit to less than 11 points.
Contributing to the Scarlet Knights’ success, Hyatt and Gavin Griffiths each scored 12 points, while Noah Fernandes added 10. Despite being outrebounded 40-29, Rutgers capitalized on 21 turnovers by Georgetown, converting them into 25 points. Additionally, four players secured two steals each and Clifford Omoruyi recorded four blocks.
Georgetown’s Jayden Epps and Dontrez Styles both scored 15 points, but the team struggled overall, shooting at a 35% success rate.
Rutgers maintained control throughout the game and held a 13-point lead in the first half. Although the Hoyas managed to cut the deficit to 31-29 with a series of 3-pointers, they were unable to seize the lead. The half ended with Rutgers leading 32-28 after a late 3-point shot from Simpson and a dunk from Griffiths in the final minute.
Despite Styles’ 15 points in the first half, Georgetown faced challenges, committing 13 turnovers that contributed to Rutgers’ 14-point gain, balancing out Georgetown’s 26-15 advantage in rebounds.
Both teams will play at home on Saturday, with Rutgers facing Howard and Georgetown taking on Mount St. Mary’s.