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Rapid Reaction: Rutgers 57, Seton Hall 55

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- A quick take on Rutgers' 57-55 win over Seton Hall on Tuesday at the Rutgers Athletic Center:

What it means: Rutgers drew first blood in the first of two meetings between the Big East's New Jersey teams.

The Scarlet Knights defeated the Pirates 57-55, snapping a six-game losing streak and improving to 13-10 overall, 4-8 in the conference.

The Pirates' losing streak continues. Seton Hall has now lost six straight and is 13-12 overall, 2-10 in the conference.

The turning point: Rutgers scored the first eight points of the game, powered by back-to-back 3-pointers by Eli Carter and Myles Mack, and led for most of the first half. Seton Hall managed to tie the score at 18-18, but never took the lead. The Scarlet Knights were in front 30-25 at intermission.

The teams traded baskets in the opening minutes of the second half. A 10-0 Rutgers run gave the Scarlet Knights their first double-figure lead of the game, 47-34 with nine minutes and change remaining. Seton Hall didn't pack it in; the Pirates eventually got within one, 56-55 with 3.2 seconds left, on a Fuquan Edwin 3-pointer. Carter was fouled, made one of two free throws, and an Edwin heave from beyond the half-court line at the buzzer was way off the mark.

Star watch: Ten different players scored in the game for Rutgers. Carter (14) and Mack (10) were the only two in double figures. Senior swingman Dane Miller scored seven points, and in the process became the 39th player in school history to score 1,000 points.

Edwin scored a game-high 18 points for Seton Hall.

Number crunch: Seton Hall shot just 18-for-49 (36.7 percent) from the field. The Pirates, ranked 36th in Division I in 3-point field goals per game (7.8) coming in, shot just 6-for-21 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc.

Also, Rutgers had 11 blocked shots, compared to just one for Seton Hall. Seven different Scarlet Knights had at least one swat.

What's next: Rutgers plays at DePaul at 1 p.m. Saturday. Seton Hall hosts No. 6 Syracuse at 8 p.m. Saturday.