Virginia (7-0) led 11-3 seven minutes in, but could only muster three field goals in the final 12:35 of the first half and trailed at the break, 18-17. Then it was Rutgers’ turn to go a long stretch without much offense, that stretch being the entirety of the second half.
As punchless as UVA was on its end, Rutgers had little in its tank a night after upsetting Vanderbilt to reach the Barclays final, as the Scarlet Knights (3-3) scored just eight points on 4-of-26 shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Rutgers was led by Kadeem Jack’s eight points. The Knights missed all 13 of their attempts from long range.