Canada

No. 24 Rutgers routs Sacred Heart, but Baker (ankle) exits

Ron Harper Jr. led five Rutgers players in double figures with 18 points as the 24th-ranked Scarlet Knights never trailed en route to an 86-63 victory over Sacred Heart on Wednesday night in Piscataway, N.J.

Rutgers (1-0) began a season as a ranked team for the first time since 1978, but the news was not all good in a game it led by as many as 25 points.

Second-leading returning scorer Geo Baker injured his ankle attempting a 3-pointer with about four minutes left in the first half, did not return and watched the second half sporting crutches.

Harper made 9 of 18 shots and also tied a career high by grabbing 10 rebounds as Rutgers shot 60.6 percent and outrebounded Sacred Heart by a 46-31 margin

Montez Mathis added 17 while Paul Mulcahy chipped in a career-high 15 points and tied a career high with seven assists.

Clifford Omoruyi made an impressive debut as the Scarlet Knights’ starting center, collecting a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The first consensus top-50 prospect to commit to Rutgers since 2010, Omoruyi made all six of his shots and helped the Scarlet Knights produce a 72-32 edge in points in the paint.

Aaron Clarke led the Pioneers with 17 points but shot 7 of 18 from the field. Mike Sixsmith added 11 points and Matas Spokas contributed 10 for the Pioneers, who shot 37.3 percent on field-goal attempts.

Rutgers started sluggishly before gradually taking control. The Scarlet Knights took their first double-digit lead on a dunk by Harper with 5:56 remaining in the half, then went on a 15-6 run to take a 40-25 lead into intermission.

Rutgers made its first six shots of the second half and opened a 52-30 lead on a jumper by Omoruyi with 16 1/2 minutes left. Sacred Heart was within 62-48 on a 3-pointer by Sixsmith with about 11 minutes remaining, but Rutgers quickly expanded the margin again.

–Field Level Media

Football news:

Richards on Racism: I was also insulted by dark-skinned people. It was difficult. I've been fighting discrimination all my life
Barca's presidential candidates have been asked to sign Alaba and Aguero. They will become free agents in the summer
Gladbach moved Dortmund in the fight for the Champions League: stunned by the scheme and clearly rearranged when the opponent came to life
Dwight Yorke: Salsero very jealous. For some reason, people do not want him to succeed at Manchester United
Atalanta is demanding 15 million euros for Gomez. Sevilla want to reduce the price
Liverpool's priority is van Dijk's new contract, not Salah's. The defender will have the biggest salary in the club
Willian Jose moved to Wolverhampton from Sociedad on loan with the right to buy