Rutgers beats Howard 79-55 for 8th win in 9 games

Rutgers beats Howard 79-55 for 8th win in 9 games
December 21, 2012, 9:44 pm
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Howard forward Mike Phillips (13) shoots past Rutgers defenders during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Piscataway, N.J., Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Eli Carter scored 20 points as Rutgers defeated Howard 79-55 Friday night for its eighth win in nine games.

Myles Mack had 15 points and four assists and Wally Judge added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists for Rutgers (8-2), which is 2-0 under associate head coach David Cox.

Cox is filling in for coach Mike Rice, who is suspended without pay for three games due to violation of athletic department policy.

Howard (3-10) got 16 points from Anton Dickerson and 10 points and six rebounds from Mike Phillips.

Leading 43-32, Rutgers broke it open when Carter scored five points in an 8-0 run. The Scarlet Knights extended their lead to 23 twice and opened their largest advantage on the game's final basket, a 3-pointer by Mike Poole.

Rutgers shot 60 percent (33 of 55) for the second straight game and forced 18 turnovers that resulted in 28 points.