NEW YORK — Freshman Myles Mack scored a season-high 22 points and Rutgers beat a cold-shooting Stony Brook 67-58 on Saturday in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
Gilvydas Biruta had 13 points and freshman Eli Carter added 11 for the Scarlet Knights (6-5), who won away from home for the first time this season. They had lost one true road game and two neutral-site games.
Sophomore Dave Coley had a career-high 17 points to lead the Seawolves (3-6), who have lost four of their last five. It was Stony Brook's first appearance in Madison Square Garden since the program moved to Division I in 1999-2000.
Rutgers used an 11-0 run to take a 27-14 lead with 3:00 left, but Stony Brook closed the half on a 9-2 run, hitting their first three 3-pointers of the game, to get within 31-26.
The Seawolves were 7 for 25 from the field (28 percent) in the first half, but they were worse from the field in the second half at 9 for 35 (25.7 percent) and they finished shooting 26.7 percent for the game.
Stony Brook got within 33-30 early in the second half. But Mack, who was 7 of 8 from the field, hit a 3 to start a 7-0 run, and Rutgers was able to stay in front by at least seven points the rest of the way.
Bryan Dougher, Stony Brook's leading scorer with a 12.8 average, finished with 14 but was 4 of 16 from the field, including going 3 of 12 from 3-point range.
Rutgers has won all three meetings between the schools.