Rutgers 87, Duquesne 73
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Playing with a stress fracture in his foot, Albert Karner scored all 14 of his points in the second half as Rutgers pulled away for an 87-73 Atlantic 10 victory over Duquesne Thursday night.
Holding a 50-47 lead with 13:30 left, Rutgers (7-7, 2-2) went on a 18-5 run to open a 68-52 lead with 7:42 remaining. Karner had eight points in the run while Robin James added six on two 3-pointers.
Duquesne (5-8, 2-4) got within eight, 77-69, with 3:20 left but Rutgers went on a 6-2 spurt to seal its third straight win and fourth in the last five games. Duquesne has lost three straight.
Karner, who missed Tuesday’s game with St. Francis, N.Y., is on a day-to day basis and his status is uncertain for Saturday’s game with West Virginia. Thursday, he shot 4-of-5 from the field, and had five assists and two steals.
Jamal Phillips led Rutgers with 22 points while James had 13. Duquesne’s Tom Pipkins led all scorers with 25, while Kenya Hunter and Dwayne Butler had 14 apiece.
Phillips scored four points in a 7-0 first-half run that gave Rutgers its first lead, 26-23. Rutgers had a 38-33 halftime lead, as it made 10-of-12 from the foul line in the final 6:14. The two teams combined for just three field goals during that time.
There were 28 fouls called in the first half, with Rutgers hitting 18-of-26 from the line and Duquesne 9-of-12.