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Monday, November 4, 2013

Rutgers' time trailing increases noticeably in last three games

Rutgers receiver Andre Patton eyes a pass against Houston on Oct. 26, when the Scarlet Knights fell behind for 41:42. (AP photo)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Rutgers has trailed 47 percent of the time in regulation through eight games this season, but more than two-thirds have that figure has come in the Scarlet Knights' last three games.

In their last three outings, the Knights, 1-2 during that span, have trailed a combined 150:33 of a possible 180 minutes, including all 56:19 against Temple on Nov. 2. In all, they have trailed 222:20 in five games this season (out of a possible 480).

The culprit? Poor first-half offense. The Knights have scored 24 points in the first half in their last three contests, including only three points  against Temple.

In two of the three losses, the Knights trailed by two scores at halftime.

In 2012, Rutgers averaged 8.23 points in the first half, including two first-half shutouts.

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