Ron Harper Jr.’s heave gives Rutgers the upset over No. 1 Purdue
From now on, just say “The Shot” in Piscataway and basketball fans will know which shot you mean.
Rutgers! Shocking the world. pic.twitter.com/eqpBoI34Wm
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) December 10, 2021
This monumental win could not have come at a better time for the Scarlet Knights. After a 4-4 start with four brutal losses, Rutgers needed a jolt of life. That’s exactly what happened at the RAC on Thursday night.
But everything aside, the story of the game is Ron Harper Jr. His 30 points tied a career-high and the last five were the most important. Of course, his buzzer-beating three will be the highlight that lives on forever, but he drilled a turnaround jumper to give Rutgers a one-point lead on the possession before The Shot.
Harper Jr. was a beast on the boards as well, scooping up 10 rebounds for the double-double. Mawot Mag, Caleb McConnell, and Cliff Omoruyi combined to score 35.
Although Rutgers still needs to show that they can do this on a consistent basis, it’s a good night to be a Scarlet Knight.
A matchup with in-state rival Seton Hall is next up for Rutgers. Both teams are entering Sunday with momentum. The Pirates defended home court against No. 7 Texas, giving New Jersey college basketball teams two wins over top-ten squads on the same night.