Report, Highlights & Box Score – Rutgers 74, Maryland 60

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ron Harper Jr. scored 27 points, including 19 in the second half, and No. 19 Rutgers battled to a 74-60 victory over Maryland to open Big Ten league play on a winning note Monday night.

Harper Jr. shot an efficient 10-for-17 from the field and connected on 5 of his 8 attempts from 3-points for the Scarlet Knights (5-0, 1-0), were winning their Big Ten opener for the first time in school history after going winless in Big Ten openers since joining the league in 2014.

Harper Jr., a junior guard from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, also had five rebounds, four assists, and a couple of blocks.

Geo Baker added 15 points, three assists, and three rebounds, while Myles Johnson recorded an impressive double-double off the bench after grabbing 16 rebounds and scored 10 points for Rutgers, which extended their winning run to five successive games.

Jacob Young scored 11 points in the win as the Scarlet Knights shot 48.3% from the field and opened with five straight double-digit victories for the first time since 1934-35.

Donta Scott scored 20 and pulled down eight rebounds and Eric Ayala added 12 for Maryland (4-2, 0-1), which led by one at halftime, but was outscored 47-32 in the second half.

Trailing 28-27 coming out of the break, Rutgers used a 15-3 run midway in the game to wrestle the advantage away from the home side and made it 55-41 with 11:01 remaining.

Rutgers will hosts No. 13 Illinois on Sunday to continue Big Ten play.

Maryland, which was suffering back-to-back defeats after opening the season with four straight victories, will be off for a week before stepping out of conference to face La Salle at home on Dec. 22.

RUTGERS (5-0) BEATS MARYLAND (4-2) – FINAL SCORE

RUTGERS (5-0)

Omoruyi 3-6 0-2 6, Mathis 2-8 0-2 4, Mulcahy 0-1 3-4 3, Young 5-11 0-1 11, Harper 10-17 2-5 27, Baker 5-13 0-0 13, Johnson 4-4 2-2 10, Doucoure 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-60 7-16 74.

MARYLAND (4-2)

Scott 6-10 5-6 20, Smith 3-6 1-2 7, Ayala 3-11 6-6 12, Morsell 3-13 0-1 6, Wiggins 3-8 0-0 6, Hart 0-3 1-2 1, Hamilton 2-7 0-0 5, Smart 1/3 1-1 3, Marial 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 14-18 60.

Halftime–Maryland 28-27. 3-Point Goals–Rutgers 9-19 (Harper 5-8, Baker 3-6, Young 1-2, Mathis 0-3), Maryland 4-20 (Scott 3-5, Hamilton 1-4, Hart 0-1, Ayala 0-3, Wiggins 0-3, Morsell 0-4). Rebounds–Rutgers 35 (Johnson 16), Maryland 36 (Scott, Morsell 8). Assists–Rutgers 19 (Mulcahy, Harper, Baker 4), Maryland 10 (Wiggins 3). Total Fouls–Rutgers 18, Maryland 16.

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