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Rutgers opens Jordan era with 92-84 win over A&M

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Posted at 10:22 PM, Nov 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-08 22:22:00-05

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Kadeem Jack had a career-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Rutgers began putting a national basketball scandal to bed with a 92-84 victory over Florida A&M in coach Eddie Jordan's debut Friday night.

It was an impressive start for the low-key Jordan, brought back to his alma mater to take over a program that became an embarrassment to the school after a videotape was televised in March showing then-coach Mike Rice throwing basketballs at players during practice and belittling them with anti-gay slurs.

Rice was fired by the university president in early April, and days later athletic director Tim Pernetti resigned under pressure for his initial handling of the issue in late 2012.

Jordan, who led Rutgers to its only Final Four appearance in 1976 and later coached three NBA teams, was hired three weeks later and tasked with the job of keeping together a team facing mass defections. His first game was a good start.