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Ron Harper Jr.’s late shot gives Rutgers a massive win over Indiana

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BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Ron Harper Jr. scored 19 points and hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to give Rutgers a 66-63 win over Indiana on Wednesday night.

Geo Baker made a 3 to put the Scarlet Knights 57:56 ahead with 2:34 to go, and they extended the lead to five points, 19.2 seconds from the end.

Indiana’s Miller Kopp made two free throws and then forced a turnover in the next series. Kopp got the ball to Parker Stewart, who drilled a 3 that connected him at 63 with 10 seconds left before Harper sealed it. Rutgers guard Paul Mulcahy was ejected with 19.2 seconds left in the game after it appeared he took a frustrated swipe at Indiana’s Xavier Johnson, who was over-pushing him on the sidelines.

Rutgers (17-12, 11-8 Big Ten) has won five straight and seven of the last eight in the series, and this win is a big boost to his NCAA tournament résumé.

Harper was 7 of 12 off the floor and Baker finished with 13 points. The pair combines for all eight 3-pointers of the knights. Clifford Omoruyi had 13 points and 12 rebounds to rack up a sixth double-double.

Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Indiana (18-11, 9-10). Xavier Johnson added 13 points and Race Thompson 12.

A 10-0 run early in the second half gave Rutgers a 38-37 advantage, but Indiana responded with a 10-2 sprint topped off by a Johnson dunk and a 3-pointer. The Hoosiers held the lead until Baker’s layup tied them at 52 with 5:30 remaining.

Indiana plays in a season finale at eighth-ranked Purdue on Saturday, while Rutgers wraps up its regular season with Penn State on Sunday.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/02/late-ron-harper-jr-shot-gives-rutgers-massive-win-over-indiana/ Ron Harper Jr.’s late shot gives Rutgers a massive win over Indiana

JOE HERNANDEZ

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