Halftime: Rutgers 34, Villanova 30

Here are three halftime observations from the second game of the day here at the Big East tournament:

LATE SURGE: Rutgers trailed Villanova 24-16 with 6:52 remaining in the first half, but from there the Scarlet Knights ripped off an 18-2 stretch to take a 34-26 lead, and lead 34-30 at intermission. Rutgers god red-hot from the perimeter -- how hot? Well ...

THIS HOT: Rutgers shot a blistering 7-for-11 from downtown in the first 20 minutes. Eli Carter, who has a game-high 15 points, connected on three of four. Myles Mack has hit a pair, and Dane Miller and Jerome Seagears have one apiece. Coach Mike Rice said after Rutgers beat St. John's three nights ago that if his team just hit open shots, they'd be dangerous.

THE OTHER SIDE: Villanova is hanging in there by outscoring Rutgers 8-1 on the foul line. Maalik Wayns has nine points to lead the Wildcats.