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Rutgers survives a poor performance to defeat Bryant 73-71

The most fans attended a season home opener in head coach Steve Pikiell’s tenure on Thursday night, as 5,692 faithful were ready to see this new look team. Unfortunately, adjusting to a more up tempo style and facing a team that opened it’s season two days prior, Rutgers struggled and escaped with a 73-71 victory at the RAC. They shot terribly and were poor defensively down the stretch, as Bryant made a bunch of clutch three-point shots. Fortunately, some late heroics from their leader Geo Baker helped secure a much needed season opening win.

Showing how much lineup versatility this team has, head coach Steve Pikiell started Geo Baker, Montez Mathis, Caleb McConnell, Ron Harper Jr.