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Rutgers Upsets #20 Penn State – Rocks the RAC

Rutgers Upsets #20 Penn State – Rocks the RAC

Rutgers # 1 Akwasi Yeboah drives to the net on the way to scoring 2 of his 7 points. Photo by Brian Hester

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Men’s Basketball team beat Big Ten Conference opponent the Nittany Lions of Penn State University by a final score of 72 to 61 last evening at The Rutgers Athletic Center, (The RAC). Penn State entered the game nationally ranked at number 20. The Scarlet Knights are off to their off to their best start since 1975, (the undefeated 1975-76 season) at 12 -3

Rutgers Ron Harper # 24 works his way around Penn States # 24 Mike Watkins. Harper scored a team high 22 points. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester

Rutgers fan sold out the RAC and the Knights rewarded them by coming from behind in to defeat Big Ten rival PSU. The RAC was rocking from start to finish as the Knights kept the game close. Rutgers continued its surge Tuesday night, rallying past No. 20 Penn State for a 72-61 triumph before a sold-out crowd that included Scarlet Knights football coach Greg Schiano, Major League Baseball player (and RU alum) Todd Frazier and Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman (and RU alum) Sebastian Joseph-Day.

Rutgers Alum NY Met Todd Frazier and LA Rams Sebastian Joseph-Day returned to enjoy the game. Rutgers won 72-61. Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers fans had a lot to cheer about at the Knights defeated the Nittany Lions at the RAC. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers fans had a lot to cheer about as the Knights defeated the Nittany Lions of Penn State. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
flip for joy as Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers Cheerleaders pump up the crowd during the upset victory over PSU. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers Dance team pump up the crowd during the upset victory over PSU. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester

Ron Harper Jr. led a balanced scoring effort with 22 points, hitting on five of his 10 shots from the field and draining all 12 of his free throw attempts. Jacob Young chipped in with 13 points off the bench while Myles Johnson tallied 10 points and five rebounds in Rutgers’ sixth straight win.

Rutgers Ron Harper lead all scoring for the Knights with 22. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers #4 driving past PSU # 4 Curtis Jones, put in some work with 4 points and 5 assists. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Penn State # 24 Mike Watkins appears to have an extra hand as he keeps a tight hold on the ball and the arm of Rutgers # 1 Akwasi Yeboah after the play. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers # 24 Ron Harper Jr. defends against PSU # 24 Mike Watkins in the first half. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers # 24 Ron Harper Jr. sinks this shot for 2 of his team high 22 points. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers # 22 Caleb McConnell and # 13 Shaq Carter defend against PSU # 12 Izaiah Brockington in the first half at the RAC. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
All eyes on the ball as Rutgers # 24 Ron Harper Jr. lays in basket for 2 of his team high 22 points. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell provides instruction and motivation from the side during last evening Upset of Penn State. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester

Rutgers Coach Pikiell has the Scarlet Knights at 12-3, his best mid-season record, with fans dreaming of the first NCAA Tournament in 29 years. Rutgers Men’s Basketball. NCAA. B1G.

Rutgers celebrates with the mascot as # 42 Jacob Young holds the sword after the team upset Penn State before a sold out crowd at the RAC. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano shakes hands with Rutgers alum NY Mets 3rd baseman Todd Frazier as AD Pat Hobbs looks on during a short time out in the first half. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester

Rutgers icons NY Mets 3rd baseman Todd Frazier and LA Rams Sebastian Joseph-Day show off one of Eric LeGrands newest fashion items, the hooded Roll Model sweatshirt. Eric launched the popular fashion line last fall and many celebrities have declared the items as Must Have. Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers # 24 Ron Harper Jr. poses for a photo with a young fan and a poster the child made.. Harper Jr. returned later to sign the poster for the boy. Rutgers won 72-61 Photo by Brian Hester

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Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at www.brianbehindthelens.com

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