Corey Sanders was spectacular for Rutgers in a win over Northwestern.

The shot clock dwindled to its conclusion and Corey Sanders stopped for a pull-up jumper just in front of the 3-point line with 3:25 to play.

The shot rattled in, pulling Rutgers within one point of Northwestern and eliciting a wild reaction from Steve Pikiell. Like a cheerleader, the Rutgers coach jumped up and down while waving his arms in the air, imploring the 3,827 fans at the Rutgers Athletic Center to get loud.

They did, and Sanders then gave the crowd plenty more to cheer about down the stretch in a 67-58 overtime win over Northwestern.

Sanders scored the final six points of regulation, draining three free throws and pulling the Scarlet Knights even with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 5.9 seconds remaining.

Amazingly, Rutgers didn’t hold a lead until Issa Thiam swished a 3-pointer off an assist from Sanders with 2:16 left in the overtime period.

That was the biggest bucket in a 11-0 closing run that allowed Rutgers (13-15, 3-12 Big Ten) to snap its seven-game losing streak.

“I’m happy, proud for our guys,” Pikiell said. “We’ve had a tough stretch and they willed to win tonight.”

For the Scarlet Knights, it was sweet revenge over a Northwestern team that defeated them in all three meetings last year, including a second-round ouster from the Big Ten Tournament.

Rutgers trailed by 12 points 14 minutes into the game and 33-24 at halftime.

Northwestern kept Rutgers at a safe distance until the final four minutes, when Sanders took over. The junior guard, who was serenaded with chants of “Corey Sanders” from the student section as he jogged off the court, finished with 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting and added six rebounds and four assists.

Thiam was the only other Scarlet Knight in double figures, finishing …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports


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