Gettys' basket gives Rutgers 77-75 win over Hartford

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) C.J. Gettys rebounded Corey Sanders' missed layup and scored with six seconds left to give Rutgers a 77-75 win over Hartford on Friday.

Deshawn Freeman had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for back-to-back double-doubles to help Rutgers (6-0) escape an upset.

Mike Williams hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 left to cut Hartford's once 13-point second-half lead to 73-71 and bring the RAC crowd to its feet.

Nigel Johnson stole J.R. Lynch's inbounds pass and scored on the following possession and scored to tie the game at 73 with 1:32 left. Johnson's layup off a pass from Sanders made it 75-73 with 47 seconds remaining. George Blagojevic made a layup assisted by Jason Dunne on the following possession to knot the game at 75 with 24 seconds to play.

Jalen Ross had 19 points and Jason Dunne 18 to lead Hartford (1-5).

BIG PICTURE

Rutgers: Rutgers has its first 6-0 start since 1975-1976, which is when the team began 31-0 en route to the program's lone Final Four appearance. However, Rutgers hasn't been tested as the Scarlet Knights have not played a team with a winning record.

Hartford: The Hawks backcourt seems to be coming together. Ross, averaging 23.2 points per game heading into the game, including two 30-point outings, Ross continued his hot start to the season, while Dunne followed up his first career double-double with another promising performance. Add in Lynch, and the three-guard set that started the game combined for 48 points

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Has its toughest test of the season to remain undefeated at Miami on Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Hartford: Will look for its first road win of the season as they travel to North Texas on Sunday.