Rutgers escapes with 68-65 overtime win over Columbia
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Eugene Omoruyi had 18 points and Shaq Carter had 13 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting to lead Rutgers past Columbia 68-65 in overtime on Saturday.
Geo Baker split through two defenders at the top of the arc, drove to the basket for an alley-oop to Carter for a 46-45 Rutgers lead with 7:07 left in regulation. It was the first lead of the game for the Scarlet Knights (6-5).
The two teams would go back and forth with two ties in the final two minutes. Omoruyi stole the ball from Gabe Stefanini and the ensuing fast-break layup tied the game at 52 before Omoruyi gave Rutgers a 54-52 lead on a jumper off an inbounds pass from Baker. Randy Brumant sank two free throws with 33 seconds left to send the game to overtime knotted at 54.
Rutgers (6-5) never led in the first half and trailed by as many as 15 before pulling within 31-21 at the half.
Columbia (3-8) was led by Quinton Adlesh with 16 points, while Patrick Tape scored 15.
Columbia: The Lions have lost back-to-back games amid a stretch of playing an ACC team in Boston College and two Big Ten teams in Rutgers and Northwestern. They have a couple more nonconference tune-ups before Ivy League play.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are back above .500 after a four-game skid, getting their first December win in their first home game of the month. They have one more nonconference game before hopping back into Big Ten play, where they are seeking their first win after an 0-2 start.
Columbia: The Lions are at Northwestern next Sunday.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights host Maine on Saturday.