Myles Mack Finally Puts Up Needed Points
Added by Jonathan Chen on November 30, 2011.
Myles Mack and the Rutgers Men Basketball Team took on UMBC on Monday night and took away an easy sweep. UMBC, who are winless this season, could not stop Rutgers’ Mack as he finally got into his groove in the college atmosphere. He put up a career-high 20 points with 7 of 9 from court. He ended up taking better shots and was even 75% from behind the arc. In addition, veterans’ Poole and Biruta both added 13 points to the score. Surprisingly, the big men, Johnson and Biruta, are not getting any rebounds. Instead, it is Seagears who has come out in front and showed up to be a defensive player on the court. Since the beginning of the season, he has recorded solid rebound numbers, 10 against UMBC, and even got 1 of the 4 total blocked shots. Given the fact that he is put as a guard, it proves that either Biruta and Johnson are not doing their job or Rice should think about moving him to a forward position. True freshman Eli Carter also had a well played match by putting up 12 points and dishing 4 assists.
Despite UMBC being possibly one of the easiest teams Rutgers will face this whole season, I feel this game was a confidence booster for the whole team. Mike Rice now knows what his players can actually do and what he still has to fix. As for Mack, he is still proven to be inconsistent with some games being extremely talented, while at times putting up no points at all. As the season progresses, we need to see Miller to get more touches on the ball. On Monday’s match, he only shot the ball twice and went scoreless for the team. Being that he is a junior for the team, Dane Miller has to definitely take the role of a leader and be more selfish with the ball. Though it may sound strange saying it, Miller’s experience will only lead them to the needed wins this season.
Rutgers starts the Big East/ SEC Challenge on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 PM at the RAC and televised on ESPNU.