Sanders, Williams lead Rutgers by Fairleigh Dickinson 82-69

Rutgers center C.J. Gettys takes a shot past Fairleigh Dickinson forward Mike Holloway and guard Darian Anderson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders and Mike Williams had 15 points each and Rutgers defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 82-69 on Wednesday night.

C.J. Gettys had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Scarlet Knights (10-1), who won their fourth straight and continued their best start since 1975-76. Candido Sa added 11 points, Nigel Johnson had eight points and seven assists and Deshawn Freeman had six points and 13 rebounds before leaving late in the game after getting hit in the face.

Darian Anderson had 22 points and four assists for the Knights (2-8), who lost their sixth straight. Mike Holloway added 14 points and eight rebounds and Earl Potts Jr. had 13 points.

In a first half that featured four ties and five lead changes, Rutgers ended with an 8-0 run for a 38-32 advantage. The Scarlet Knights maintained the advantage throughout the second half and pulled away after FDU got within 59-55.


FDU: Anderson has 55 points in his last two games. Holloway was ejected after being called for a flagrant foul after hitting Freeman in the face on a drive with 4:36 remaining. The New Jersey-based Knights dropped to 1-3 against Jersey schools this season

Rutgers: Johnson, who entered the game tied with Freeman as Rutgers leading scorer with a 13.0 average, got his first start of the season. Freeman had 10 rebounds in the first half. The victory gave the Scarlet Knights their first 8-0 home start since 2001-02, while Steve Pikiell continues to enjoy the best start for a first-year head coach in Rutgers history.


FDU: The Knights travel to No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday for their first game of the season against a ranked opponent.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights play Fordham on Sunday for the first of their two games at Madison Square Garden this season.