Jerome Seagears

Jerome Seagears will return to Rutgers for junior season

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How many expected the latest (and likely, final) twist in the Jerome Seagears story?

In the days following the end of the regular season, the Rutgers sophomore guard decided that he needed to leave New Brunswick. Seagears, who averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 assists per game, originally decided to transfer to Auburn but just over a month after making the decision it was announced that he was leaving the school.

In a statement released by Auburn, head coach Tony Barbee said that it was important to Seagears that he complete his college career at a school closer to his family. Seagears has made his decision, as he will return to Rutgers according to a report from Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger. Seagears will be eligible to play immediately.

This is good news for the Scarlet Knights, as new head coach Eddie Jordan will have another experienced guard to pair with junior Myles Mack. Rutgers also added three junior college transfers during the spring in Craig Brown, D’Von Campbell and Bishop Daniels.

There will be questions in the aftermath of Seagears’ decision to return to Rutgers, one of which being whether or not he acted too quickly in making the decision to transfer to Auburn.

But with today’s news, it’s apparent that Seagears believes the issues that led to his initial decision have been properly addressed.

“I believe everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for everybody,” Seagears said in a statement released by the school. “I believe this is his plan for me, to return home to my Scarlet Knights. I have experienced a lot of uncertainty over the last several months and I look forward to continuing my college career where it started.”

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VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.