Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rutgers' Rice apologizes following team's poor effort against Louisville

Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice may have been sorry, but nothing was sorrier than his team's abysmal offensive performance in a 55-37 rout at the hands of No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

"I should be out in the parking lot apologizing," Rice said after his team established season-lows in both points scored and field goal percentage (29.5). "It's as simple as that. "I want to apologize to the students, the alumni, the people who came out. It's a shame. Our fans have pride in Rutgers and it's sad their guys and their coaching staff couldn't pull off a better performance."

The Scarlet Knights (13-14, 4-11 Big East), who lost their third straight and eighth in their last nine games, scored their fewest points since also notching 37 in a 60-37 loss to Depaul on Jan. 13, 2007. And you'd have to go all the way back to Feb. 18, 1959 for their previous worst, a 36-point effort in a 38-36 defeat against Lehigh.


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