Rutgers basketball coughs up ball, flunks first big test at Pitt

A turnover-prone, stagnant offense was no match for the Panthers’ aggressive defense in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge as Rutgers fell 71-60 in the Steel City Tuesday.

Sophomore center Myles Johnson posted 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds as Rutgers dropped to 6-2 with the most important week of the season approaching: at Michigan State, Wisconsin at home and then a visit from archrival Seton Hall.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Pikiell talks to his team during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half at the Petersen Events Center.

The Scarlet Knights needed to raise the tempo and had opportunities, but failed to take advantage of a rebounding edge (plus-7) and Pitt’s poor 3-point shooting (4-for-23).

Geo Baker, who is solid and capable as a combo guard, has to do too much running the offense because nobody else has seized the role.

Last SlideNext Slide Jerry Carino has covered the New Jersey sports scene since 1996 and the college basketball beat since 2003.

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