PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Eli Carter scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and Rutgers snapped a six-game losing streak by holding off a late charge to edge New Jersey-rival Seton Hall 57-55 on Tuesday night.
The Scarlet Knights (13-10, 4-8 Big East) blocked a season-high 11 shots and saw Dane Miller became the 39th player in school history to score 1,000 points in sending Seton Hall (13-12, 2-10) to its sixth straight loss.
Miller scored the final five points in a 10-0 second-half spurt that allowed the Scarlet Knights to open a 13-point lead, but the Pirates closed the game with a 15-5 run that saw Fuquan Edwin miss a desperation, three-quarter court length 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Myles Mack added 10 points for Rutgers, Austin Johnson had eight and Miller finished with seven, giving him 1,001 for his career.
Fuquan Edwin had a game-high 18 points to lead Seton Hall, which had a five-game winning streak at the Rutgers Athletic Center snapped. Eugene Teague added 12 points and Brandon Mobley had 10 points, all in the first half.
The final minute was wild with Rutgers missing free throws and making foolish plays to open the door for Seton Hall.
Carter hit two free throws to put the Scarlet Knights ahead 54-46 with 1:57 to play.
Teague cut the margin to six points with a layup with 1:41 to go and Seton Hall got a big play on defense when Carter's layup attempt with a minute to go was blocked.
Aaron Cosby had a 3-pointer blocked for the Pirates and he missed another long shot before Teague got the rebound and was fouled, making 1 of 2 attempts to cut the margin to 54-49 with 48 seconds to go.
Carter made 1 of 2 free throws after being fouled with 37 seconds to go and Kyle Smyth responded with his only basket, a 3-pointer, with 24 seconds to cut the lead 55-52.
Carter broke the Seton Hall press on the ensuing possession and inexplicably drove the lane for a layup and missed it. Brian Oliver got the rebound for Seton Hall and his pass upcourt was intercepted by Mike Poole, who was immediately fouled. He made 1 of 2 free throws to push the lead to 56-52 with 10 seconds to play.
Edwin nailed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds to play to close the gap to 56-55. Carter was fouled on the inbounds play and made a free throw with 2.5 seconds to go, leaving Edwin enough time for a heave that never looked good.
This was the 16th time in the last 18 games between the schools that the contest was decided by six points or less or in overtime.
Seton Hall missed 9 of its first 10 shots and fell behind by eight points early. The Pirates didn't tie the score until Teague hit a layup with 6:25 to play to know it at 18. Johnson scored on a layup on the next possession to ignite an 8-2 spurt that allowed the Scarlet Knights to eventually take a 30-25 lead at halftime.
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