PISCATAWAY, N.J. Senior wing Dane Miller (6'6''-G/F-90) (Rochester, N.Y.) shot 5-of-9 and 8-of-9 from the free throw line to score 18 points with five assists in helping Rutgers (9-2) to a 68-56 win over Rider Friday afternoon at the RAC. It marked the fifth straight victory for the Scarlet Knights, who enter BIG EAST play having won nine of their past 10 contests.
Sophomore guard Eli Carter (6'2''-G-91) (Paterson, N.J.), sophomore forward Kadeem Jack (6'9''-F-92) (Queens, N.Y.) and junior power forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.) joined Miller in double figures. Carter was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line to post 15 points, all of which were scored in the second half. Jack tied his career best with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Judge had 10 points with eight rebounds.
The Scarlet Knights, who committed just eight turnovers, limited the Broncs to 30.4 percent (14-46) shooting.
Neither team could find its rhythm in the opening half. With 10 minutes to play before the break, the score was knotted at just 6-6. Five lead changes and two ties occurred in the opening 20 minutes. The Scarlet Knights closed the half with a 5-0 run to take a 24-21 advantage into the locker room at intermission.
RU increased its advantage to seven points (32-25) early in the second half, before Rider stormed back to cut the deficit to a single point on two occasions. Rutgers re-gained control, running its lead to 46-37, but a pesky Broncs squad remained within striking distance.
Holding a slim 52-49 edge with five minutes to play, the Scarlet Knights scored eight consecutive points and never looked back. RU was a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final minute to build a pair of 14 point advantages en route to the victory.
Rider (6-7) forward Daniel Stewart, who was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line, led all scorers with 20 points.
Rutgers returns to the hardwood at No. 7 Syracuse in a 7 p.m. tip-off inside the Carrier Dome on Wednesday (Jan. 2). The game will be televised live in the New York Metropolitan market on MSG.
POSTGAME NOTES The 9-2 start marks the best through 11 games since 2010-11 and the third time in four years that RU has started the season 9-2. Rutgers held Rider to .304 shooting from the floor, the lowest mark for an opponent this season and the lowest since Pitt on Jan. 11, 2012. The Scarlet Knights turned the ball over just eight times, the third time this season (Sacred Heart, Howard) and second-straight game that RU has posted less than 10 miscues. The Scarlet Knights move to 15-1 all-time against Rider, including 13-1 at home. Dane Miller scored double-digits for the sixth time this season and 51st of his career with 18 points. Miller bested his career high for free throws made and attempted, going 8-for-9 from the line. Wally Judge posted double-digits in the first half for the first time in a Scarlet Knights uniform with 10 points. It marked the fifth game this season that Judge has scored 10-plus points. Judge paced RU in rebounding for the sixth time this season with eight boards. Kadeem Jack posted double-figures for the second time in four games with 12 points. Eli Carter (15) has recorded double-figures in each of the last 10 contests. Miller has dished out five-plus assists 11 times over his career (five). It marked the first time Miller has posted five-plus assists since Syracuse on Feb. 19, 2012. The Scarlet Knights move to 7-1 when three or more players score 10-plus points. When four or more players notch 10-plus, RU rises to 4-0. The 24 points scored by RU in the first half marked the lowest scoring output over the first 20 minutes since Nov. 9, 2012 vs. Saint Peters (22). It was also the lowest combined scoring effort since the first game of the season. Of the 11 players that saw action, eight scored and five posted at least eight points. RU rises to 3-1 when holding its opponent to less than 60 points. The RU front court combined for 50 points.
RUTGERS INTERIM HEAD COACH DAVID COX POST-GAME QUOTES
Opening Statement: The first thing that I want to say is that Im very thankful to have had this opportunity to coach this group of young men. I told them prior to the game, that the greatest gift an adult coaching can receive is the trust of his pupils, of his students, of his players. They have, for whatever reason, given me their trust for the past two weeks. That allowed me to be comfortable and grow into the position as a coach and for them to continue to grow. Im thankful for the opportunity. With that being said, Im looking forward to the big guy (Mike Rice) coming back tomorrow so we can continue about this climb that we are trying to make. As we enter BIG EAST play, I feel good that we are 9-2 and were ready to go. I think we are ready to compete. In regards to the game today, we didnt shoot the ball nearly as well as we have the past couple of games. I think that was to be expected. We were shooting it at a very high clip. A couple of things that we focused on going into this game, thinking that there might be a letdown as far as our offense goes, were defending the basketball. We got back to defending all the basics, closing out, communicating, talking, being in gaps because this is a team that can make you look really bad with those three guards getting to the basket off the dribble. The second thing was turnovers. We did a good job in both of those areas today. With the letdown offensively, I think we stepped up in those two areas and we were able to come out with a solid victory. There are some things to look back on and improve upon, but there are also some things that bode well for this team, particularly us coming together as a group during this adverse situation.
On holding the fort during Mike Rices absence: Absolutely, (theres a sense of holding the fort down). This was a stop gap. We had three games during that period where we had to hold the fort, or hold the rope, which is what I think we did a great job of. Again, I have to give a lot of credit to the rest of the staff managers included who stepped up and provided me with a tremendous amount of support and to the players who came together and played for one another. I think they made Rutgers proud with the way that theyve handled this.
On players: I think (the players are looking forward to getting back to normal). Theyre excited about BIG EAST play. I think theyre excited for Coach Rice to come back....I think theyre looking forward to it, absolutely. Dont take anything away from these last two weeks in regards to them and the growth that theyve made as a team. Im not talking about the coaches at all. As a group, this team came together.
RIDER HEAD COACH KEVIN BAGGETT POST-GAME QUOTES
Game thoughts: Good job by Rutgers, they did a good job against us in the post. I thought that we had the opportunity to win the game, (but we committed) bad turnovers at the wrong time. I thought our guys played well and battled. We had chances and we just have to go back and clean some things up.
We have to give ourselves a chance when were making those turnovers; we have to get good shots. There were things that we just have to build on and learn from. I thought that the effort was there and our guys played well. We just have to make some shots. Our guys are going to work on that and they understand that and we will be fine.
On the technical foul: I just thought that I saw something that the ref didnt see and he called the technical on me. Courtesy of: http://www.scarletknights.com
Marko Todorovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad: - 13 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Astana in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Astana (6-6) 83-66 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Todorovic had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court.
BC Khimky Moscow Region (9-3) is placed fifth in the VTB United League.
This year Todorovic averages: 8.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 64.8%(35-54) in 11 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Dubljevic led Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (9-5) 93-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
He was MVP of the game. Dubljevic scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Valencia Basket (12-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 88.9%.
Dubljevic is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in an Orlando Magic's victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (18-25) 115-109 in the NBA on Friday night.
Vucevic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds. Vucevic also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes.
The Orlando Magic has 17-27 record this season.
Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 13.7ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 62.5% in 41 games.
He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.
#4. Point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague) could not help FC Barcelona (8-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Rice's very good performance the ninth-placed FC Barcelona (8-10) was edged 69-67 at home by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group A of Euroleague.
He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Rice also added 5 assists.
This season Rice has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Rice used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.
#5. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kalev/Cramo (2-10) crushing them 95-64 in the VTB United League last Sunday.
Rochestie scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes.
Lokomotiv Kuban (10-2) is placed second in the VTB United League.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
Rochestie has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg in six games.
He is a naturalized American.
Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team
three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.
#6. Power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Krka (5-13) 79-62 in the ABA League on Sunday night.
Bjelica scored 9 points and added 3 passes.
Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (18-0) is placed first in the ABA League.
So far his team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season.
It's Bjelica's first season with the team.
His stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg.
Bjelica is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago.
#7. Former international power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (1-4) crushing them 96-69 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game.
He was the top player that evening. Barovic scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes.
Telekom Baskets Bonn (4-1) is placed first in group M.
His team will play only one more game in the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
Barovic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7apg in nine games.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
three years ago.
#8. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Stelmet's victory against the tenth-ranked Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (8-8) 76-65 in the Polish PLK last Saturday.
Dragicevic scored 15 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Stelmet Zielona Gora (12-3) is placed second in the PLK.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Dragicevic's stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2014.
#9. Former international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Mega Leks (5-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Spasojevic's very good performance Mega Leks was defeated 89-85 on the road by the much higher-ranked Cedevita (#4).
He was the top scorer with 18 points.
Spasojevic's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 3.5rpg.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
two years ago.
#10. Swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Tamis (8-5) crushing them 79-59 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday.
Savovic recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes.
KK Vrsac Swisslion (11-2) is placed first in the KLS.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
Savovic has been at the team for four years.
This season his overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 2.9rpg in 11 games.
Savovic is a former U20 international player as eight years ago he still played for the Montenegrin national team.
#11. International shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Szolnok (2-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Szolnok (#8) lost 91-96 on their home court in Szolnok to the leading Besiktas in the group E of Basketball Champions League.
Pavlicevic recorded 17 points, 9 assists and 4 steals in 33 minutes.
Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.5spg in six games.
He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.
#12. Former international point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84, currently plays in Iran) contributed to Kashan's victory against the closely-ranked Army 85-74 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday.
Koljevic scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line).
This season Koljevic has very high stats. He averages: 23.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.1spg.
Koljevic used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2012.
#13. International shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to a 3-point EWE Baskets' victory against the fifth-ranked PAOK 82-79 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night.
He recorded 10 points in only 13 minutes.
This year Mihailovic's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg in four games.
He is also Montenegrin national team player.
#14. Former international power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Radovic's good performance UCAM Murcia was defeated 94-85 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria (#3).
He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Radovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.5rpg.
He used to play for the Montenegrin national team
back in 2014.
#15. Former University international center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cherno More 76-58 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday.
Sekulovic scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Sekulovic has very impressive stats this year: 17.8ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.8apg in 12 games.
He used to play for the Montenegrin university national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Montenegrin passport but never been selected to any of Montenegrin national teams:
#1.Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his French team ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a victory over the eighth-ranked Rosa (3-10) crushing them 87-67 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night.
Dragovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points in 25 minutes.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-3) is placed first in group C.
Dragovic's team will play only one more game in the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Dragovic averaged so far 11.1ppg and 3.4rpg in 12 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin.
Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.
#2.Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-90, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Dunav SB (8-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Dunav SB was defeated 80-75 on the road by the much lower-ranked Metalac (#11).
Vukovic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds.
Vukovic's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 5.0rpg.
#3.Filip Popovic was the major contributor in a Radnicki 1950's victory against the seventh-ranked Sloboda (7-7) crushing them 100-79 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday.
Popovic had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (11-3) is placed third in the 2MLS.
Popovic has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 4.5rpg in 13 games.
#4.Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Spartak in their game against KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (7-6) in the Serbian KLS.
He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Spartak was crushed 101-77 in Krusevac by the lower-ranked (#8) KK Napredak Rubin.
Ljubenkovic has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in 13 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian.
Despite Ljubenkovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.
#5. Experienced Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to secure a victory for Gradjanski (3-8) in their game against Spars Sarajevo (6-5) in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Marojevic was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line).
Marojevic averaged so far 14.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg.
#6.Nikola Korac (185-G-86, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Bashkimi in their game against Sigal Prishtina in the Balkan League, despite his very good performance on Tuesday night.
He was the top scorer with 22 points. Korac also added made 4 passes and 3 steals (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Bashkimi this season.
But his team lost 81-87.
#7.Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help BC Timisoara in their game against Pitesti in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Komatina recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Komatina averaged so far 12.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.
#8.Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
His team were edged 99-98 in the NBA.
Mirotic averaged so far 9.4ppg and 5.5rpg in 37 games.
He has both Montenegrin and Spanish nationalities.
#9.Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Terme Olimia in their game against Hopsi Polzela in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game.
Julevic scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes.
But his team was edged 95-93.
Julevic averaged so far 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in 14 games.
He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian.
Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team.
#10.Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana in a victory against the league outsider LTH Castings crushing them 90-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Tuesday night's game.
Milosevic scored 5 points in 17 minutes.
Milosevic has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in 13 games.
Jermaine Anderson (ex Chalons-Reims) is a newcomer at Mornar Bar - 2 days ago
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KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) added to their roster experienced 34-year old Canadian ex-international point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham). He started the season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 12 games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg this season. Anderson ended the last season at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 12 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. But the most of that year he spent at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 1... [read more]
KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) added to their roster experienced 34-year old Canadian ex-international point guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham). He started the season at Chalons-Reims in French ProA. In 12 games he recorded 3.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg this season. Anderson ended the last season at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 12 games he averaged 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. But the most of that year he spent at Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 15 games he had 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson won Montenegrin League championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Honorable Mention back in 2010. Anderson represented Canada at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%. Anderson is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panionios), Poland (Swiecie), Russia (Zenit), Germany (Gladiators and Walter Tigers), Croatia (Cibona and Cedevita), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Canada (Halifax Rainmen). Anderson attended Fordham University until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) tabbed experienced 35-year old forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: BeoBasket). He played recently at KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac in Serbian KLS league. In two games he averaged 12.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.0apg this season. Vitkovac also played earlier that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in four KLS games he had 3.3ppg and 2.8rpg. Among other achievements he won Montenegrin League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Vitkovac... [read more]
KK Mornar Basket Bar (Erste Liga) tabbed experienced 35-year old forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: BeoBasket). He played recently at KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac in Serbian KLS league. In two games he averaged 12.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.0apg this season. Vitkovac also played earlier that season for Apollon Patras in Greek A1 where in four KLS games he had 3.3ppg and 2.8rpg. Among other achievements he won Montenegrin League championship title in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Vitkovac received also Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Honorable Mention award back in 2014. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea) and Montenegro (Buducnost). Vitkovac is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Mornar Bar.
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