Rutgers wins fifth straight, pushes past Fordham at Madison Square Garden

Noah K. Murray

Rutgers wins fifth straight, pushes past Fordham at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Williams scored 19 points to lead Rutgers to its fifth straight victory, 68-53 over Fordham on Sunday in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

Deshawn Freeman added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (11-1), who continue their best start in 40 years under first-year coach Steve Pikiell.

Williams finished 7 for 12 from the field as Rutgers shot 49.1 percent overall (28 for 57), including 4 for 9 from 3-point range, well above the 29 percent it was shooting from there entering the game.

Led by Freeman, the Scarlet Knights dominated the rebounding, 51-22.

Joseph Chartouny had 17 points for the Rams (5-7), who lost their sixth straight.

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