Rutgers holds EMU to 4 first-half points in 63-36 rout
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Geo Baker had 20 points and Rutgers held Eastern Michigan to an NCAA-record low four first-half points in a 63-36 rout on Monday night.
Rutgers (3-1) tied an NCAA Division I record for points allowed in a half as it built a 31-4 halftime lead. It was Eastern Michigan, coincidently, that held Northern Illinois to four points (18-4) in the first half on Jan. 16, 2013. Kansas State outscored Savannah State 48-4 in the second half on Jan. 7, 2008.
Eastern Michigan (4-2) was 0 of 7 from the free-throw line in the first half, and didn’t score until Kevin McAdoo’s jumper at the 14-minute mark. The Eagles didn’t score again until 5:36 left in the first half.
Baker was 7-of-9-shooting, made six 3-pointers and had five assists. Peter Kiss added 10 points for Rutgers.
Boubacar Toure scored seven points off the bench to lead Eastern Michigan, which finished 15 of 54 (28 percent) from the floor, 3-of-13 shooting from long range, and missed 14 of 17 free-throw attempts. James Thompson IV’s added six points and eight rebounds for the Eagles.
Eastern Michigan: The Eagles were picked to finish first in the West Division in the MAC preseason poll, and only second overall to Buffalo. They have fared well despite two blowout losses, to Rutgers and 84-46 at Duke.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights rebounded from a 19-point loss at home against a talented St. John’s team on Friday. They have won by double digits in each of their three wins. After hosting Boston University, Rutgers is at Miami before opening up Big Ten play against Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Eastern Michigan: Host Detroit Mercy on Saturday.
Rutgers: Host Boston University on Friday.