April 7, 2013 |
A coach could stand at midcourt at the Rutgers Athletic Center and hit some of the top high school players in the country in the back with a basketball. OK, maybe that's not the best image in the wake of Mike Rice's demented dodgeball act that went viral and continues to shake the foundations of the state university of New Jersey. But scorned assistant coach Eric Murdock did Rutgers a favor by compiling that greatest-hits compilation of Rice Gone Wild and presenting the video to then-athletic director Tim Pernetti.
December 13, 2006 |
The Rutgers football renaissance wasn't built in a day, and it also may take a little while for the women's basketball team to return to national prominence. Coach C. Vivian Stringer's young squad coughed up what had been a 20-point lead four minutes into the second half but emerged with an 89-84 win over Mississippi in triple overtime last night at the Rutgers Athletic Center. Freshman Rashidat Junaid, a 6-foot-4 center from Camden Catholic, finally got the Scarlet Knights (4-4)
January 7, 2004 |
Connecticut left the Rutgers Athletic Center with its No. 1 ranking intact, barely. Playing with four fouls, Ben Gordon scored eight of his 22 points over the final 4 1/2 minutes and the Huskies hung on to beat the Scarlet Knights, 75-74, last night. "This wasn't luck," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. "It would have been a lot different with one more play by them or one less play by us. We're pretty good, and Rutgers gave us everything we could handle. " The Huskies (12-1, 1-0 Big East)
March 11, 2003 |
Villanova's Trish Juhline scored 28 points to lead the Wildcats to a 65-59 win over Miami in the second game of a Big East Tournament semifinal doubleheader at Rutgers Athletic Center last night. Now for the big test. The No. 18 Wildcats (24-5) take on No. 1 Connecticut (31-0) in tonight's championship game at the same site. Villanova, which hasn't played in a conference final since 1987, will face a Huskies team that has won 70 consecutive games, including a 71-59 victory over Virginia Tech in last night's opener.
March 22, 1997 |
Drexel basketball coach Bill Herrion met for more than five hours yesterday with officials from Rutgers, who are looking for a head coach for the Scarlet Knights. Herrion, the head coach of the Dragons for the last six years, described the meeting with athletic director Fred Gruninger and other administrators as a "basic interview," but said that he felt it went well. However, Herrion said last night that he was told there would be a "few more candidates" interviewed for the head coaching job and that he had "no feel for where I stand" in the selection process.
February 16, 1995 |
A student organizer of protests at Rutgers, which is to play Temple at 7:30 tonight in an Atlantic Ten Conference basketball game, said yesterday that a rally was planned for today at the school to continue demanding the resignation of Rutgers' president. The student, Rodney Jackson, did not say when the rally would be held. That student and others who have protested said they expected barricades to be set up inside the Brown Athletic Center, where the first basketball game will be played since a student sit-in interrupted the Rutgers-Massachusetts game on Feb. 7. That night, students were protesting remarks by Rutgers president Francis Lawrence at a taped faculty meeting on Nov. 11 at which he said minorities lacked the "genetic, hereditary background" to score higher on standard tests.
February 15, 1993 |
A week can be forever in college basketball. Just a week ago, the fever was back on Hawk Hill as St. Joseph's, after a half-decade of futility, seemed poised to take the step from nowhere to somewhere. Atlantic 10 leader Massachusetts was on its way to town. A frenzied crowd would be waiting. A St. Joe's win would put it in position to accomplish anything. But it didn't happen then and it didn't happen yesterday at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Hawks went from the high of early Thursday evening to the low of Sunday night so fast that one is left to wonder if it all wasn't a mirage in the first place.
February 12, 1992 |
The St. Joseph's women's basketball team continued to struggle at Rutgers Athletic Center last night, losing there to Rutgers for the eighth time in a row. The Atlantic Ten game was closer than the 63-52 score indicated, but the Hawks still have not won at Rutgers since 1985. The loss also broke a five-game winning streak for the Hawks, who fell to 12-9 overall and 7-4 in the Atlantic Ten. Rutgers, coming off an upset win Saturday over 11th-ranked Penn State, improved to 14-5 and 7-1. "We talked about the streak here at Rutgers before the game," said St. Joe's first-year coach Stephanie Gaitley.
February 14, 1991 |
For most of the second half, the St. Joe's Hawks stared at a mountain that might look like an anthill two years from now. Two years from now, however, doesn't interest John Griffin or his players in 1991, thank you. All the Atlantic 10 Conference's team of the future cares about is the present. But all the present told the Hawks was that they had lost for the 15th time this season and dropped their third successive road game since shocking Temple Feb. 4. All the present told them was that they weren't good enough when it counted.
March 10, 1989 |
After his first practice as Rutgers University's head basketball coach, Bob Wenzel told his players to close their eyes and dream. Never, ever, could their imaginations have expanded to include a snapshot of what transpired last night at the Rutgers Athletic Center, better known as the RAC. The 7-22 team that the rest of the Atlantic 10 Conference kicked around the cellar floor last season today is headed to the NCAA Tournament as the conference...