Rutgers rocks No. 10 Florida in 2OT
Carter scores career-high 31 points including game-winner
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Freshman Eli Carter scored a career-high 31 points and hit the go-ahead basket in the second overtime period as Rutgers rallied to stun No. 10 Florida 85-83 on Thursday night.
The Scarlet Knights (8-5) came back from a seven-point deficit late in regulation, and Carter hit a late 3-pointer in the first overtime to put the Scarlet Knights in position to post their biggest win since knocking off Villanova at home last season.
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Erving Walker had a chance to tie the game for the Gators (11-2) in the final seconds, but his off-balance attempt from the foul line hit off the rim.
Scarlet Knights fans stormed the court to celebrate in a game billed as the return of former Rutgers star and current Gator Mike Rosario to Piscataway.
Dane Miller added 16 points, Myles Mack had 14 and Jerome Seagears scored 13 for Rutgers, which won its fourth consecutive game and snapped the Gators' five-game winning streak.
Kenny Boynton matched his season high with 26 points for Florida. Bradley Beal added 15 and Erik Murphy had 14 points along with eight rebounds for the Gators.
Carter, whose previous high was 21 points, put the Scarlet Knights ahead for good at 80-78 with a shot in the lane. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.
After Beal missed a drive on the left side and Boynton missed a 3-point attempt, Carter scored inside again for an 82-78 edge.
Beal cut the Gators' deficit to a point on a 3-pointer with 1:18 to go, but Mack came right back with a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left for an 85-81 lead.
A floater by Walker with 44.8 seconds left cut the margin to a basket and Florida got a final shot when Rutgers was called for a shot clock violation with 8.7 seconds left.
Rutgers knocked the ball out of bounds in the backcourt with 4.3 seconds left and Walker could not connect after taking the inbound pass and driving to the foul line for his final shot.
Rutgers forced the first overtime by rallying from a seven-point deficit in the final 2:48 of regulation. The Scarlet Knights also came back from three points down in the first overtime when Carter tied the game at 76 with a 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds to play.
Florida turned the ball over in the waning seconds and Mack's 40-footer at the buzzer wasn't close.
The Scarlet Knights trailed 64-57 late in regulation before scoring the final seven points, aided by two Gator turnovers. Mack started the comeback with a 3-pointer, Carter scored in the lane and Miller tied the game with 45.7 seconds to go with a layup.
After Walker's drive down the lane with about 15 seconds left hit nothing, the Scarlet Knights blew a chance to win. Mack seemed to lose track of time and his off-balance shot never had a chance.
Florida had seemingly taken command when Boynton scored on a fast break after Murphy blocked a shot with Rutgers up 55-54.
Then Boynton came back on the next possession to hit a 3-pointer for a 59-55 lead. The lead eventually grew to 64-57 on a three-point play by Boynton with 2:48 to play.
Rosario averaged 16.4 points in his first two seasons with the Scarlet Knights before transferring to Florida. He sat out last season and has been coming off the bench for the Gators. He scored five points in 14 minutes in his return and he was booed every time he touched the ball or cheered every time he missed a shot.
During warm-ups there were chants of ''Rosario is a bum'' and ''Jersey hates you.''
The only other cheers he got were when he missed a shot or when he was called along with Miller for a double technical foul with 54.7 seconds left in the half.