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Rutgers hands No. 11 Wisconsin 4th straight loss


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jeremiah Williams scored 18 points and Rutgers used a stifling defense to lead the entire game and hand No. 11 Wisconsin its fourth straight loss 78-56 on Saturday.

The Scarlet Knights (13-10, 5-7 Big Ten) scored 15 points off 12 Wisconsin turnovers to secure their third straight win. Noah Fernandes contributed 17 points and Clifford Omoruyi added 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Connor Essegian and AJ Storr scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Wisconsin (16-8, 8-5). The Badgers never got within single digits in the second half.

The Scarlet Knights shot 59% on 3’s (10 of 17).

After the Badgers closed to 54-44 on a 6-0 burst, Rutgers countered with five straight points from Fernandes to move ahead 59-44 with 8:12 remaining.

Rutgers took advantage of 11 first-half turnovers by Wisconsin to build a 37-28 lead. It was the fewest points scored in the first half for the Badgers in a Big Ten game this season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wisconsin will most likely drop in the poll after losing by 6 points to No. 2 Purdue, 4 points to Michigan and now 22 points to Rutgers.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: Part of the Badgers’ spiral is their inability to convert 3-pointers. They were just 5 of 21 against Rutgers after going 5 of 19 against Michigan and 3 of 19 against Purdue.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have been buoyed by the return of Williams, who was out because of injury and NCAA eligibility. In his first two games prior to Saturday, both Rutgers wins, he averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 42.9% from the field. His emergence has provided stability to a roster that has been plagued by offseason transfers and injuries.

UP NEXT

Wisconsin: Hosts Ohio State on Tuesday night.

Rutgers: Hosts Northwestern on Thursday.


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