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5 observations from Rutgers' win over Northwestern: Scarlet Knights gathering momentum just in time

Rutgers played in a hideous game on Sunday night, duking it out with Northwestern in a slugfest that featured 38 turnovers, 42 fouls and a combined 3-point shooting clip of 21%.

Beating the Wildcats will not be the win that pushes the Rutgers into the NCAA Tournament , but it prevented a Quad 2 loss that would’ve left it sweating on Selection Sunday.

It is a game tournament-caliber teams win, and the Scarlet Knights took another step in proving they belong in the March Madness conversation.

The sophomore excelled in his new role, finishing with five assists and two turnovers, using his patience and vision to find opponents in good positions to score.

While he did nothing spectacular -- he scored on an alley-oop and got an offensive rebound, but missed all three of his free throw attempts and gave up an and-one -- Omoruyi held down the fort well enough that the Scarlet Knights did not collapse when he was in the game.

-- Ron Harper Jr.’s recent three-point shooting slump continued -- he was 0-of-4 on threes against Northwestern, meaning he has now missed 29 of his last 34 attempts from beyond the arc -- but that did not stop him from scoring.

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