No. 24 Rutgers routs Sacred Heart, but Baker (ankle) exits

Ron Harper Jr. led five Rutgers players in double figures with 18 points as the 24th-ranked Scarlet Knights never trailed en route to an 86-63 victory over Sacred Heart on Wednesday night in Piscataway, N.J.Rutgers (1-0) began a season as a ranked team for the first time since 1978, but the news was not all good in a game it led by as many as 25 points.Second-leading returning scorer Geo Baker injured his ankle attempting a 3-pointer with about four minutes left in the first half, did not return and watched the second half sporting crutches.Harper made 9 of 18 shots and also tied a career high by grabbing 10 rebounds as Rutgers shot 60.6 percent and outrebounded Sacred Heart by a 46-31 marginMontez Mathis added 17 while Paul Mulcahy chipped in a career-high 15 points and tied a career high with seven assists.Clifford Omoruyi made an impressive debut as the Scarlet Knights’ starting center, collecting a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The first consensus top-50 prospect to commit to Rutgers since 2010, Omoruyi made all six of his shots and helped the Scarlet Knights produce a 72-32 edge in points in the paint.