Posted January 02, 2013 on rutgers.scout.com
Rutgers coach Mike Rice’s return to the court did not go as planned. After playing Syracuse tight for 10 minutes, the Orange scored 24 consecutive points to send the Scarlet Knights home 78-53 losers in their Big East opener.
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