An overwhelming inside advantage wore down George Washington in the first half and the Scarlet Knights won the Eastern Eight Conference game in Piscataway, N.J.
Clarence Tillman, Rutgers' 6-foot-7 transfer from Kentucky, scored all 17 of his points in the first half and fellow forward Kelvin Troy scored 11 of his team-high 22 points as GW's collapsing zone defense had to double team 6-9 center Roy Hinson, thereby allowing Tillman and Troy to be open much of the half.
Tillman scored 15 of his 17 points in the last 11:36 of the half, as Rutgers (8-6, 3-1 in the conference) moved from a 16-10 lead to a 45-33 lead at intermission.
GW shot only 38 percent in the half and Rutgers continued to build its margin early in the second half, taking a 58-42 lead with 13:45 to play. But GW (4-7, 1-3 in the league) made its only run of the night, scoring the next 12 points, six by leading scorer Oscar Wilmington (a career-high 23 points, 12 rebounds) and four by Wilbert Skipper, making it 58-54 with 9:56 to play.
But Chris Neiberlein's basket made it 60-54 and the Knights converted successive Colonial turnovers into baskets by Kevin Black and Neiberlein for a 64-54 lead. Black, a sophomore from Washington's Mackin High, scored 15 points for the night.