PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Issa Thiam had 19 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, Deshawn Freeman scored 16 points, and Rutgers cruised past Division III City College of New York 94-38 on Friday night.

It tied the largest margin of victory in school history, 56, when Rutgers defeated Trenton State 91-35 in 1936. Rutgers used the opportunity to clear its bench, with 13 players checking in, including four walk-ons.

Rutgers stormed out to a 51-13 halftime lead in its season opener and cruised in the second.

Corey Sanders added 12 points for Rutgers, while freshman Geo Baker had 10 points.

Samuel Williams led the Beavers with nine points.

BIG PICTURE

CCNY: First-year head coach Paul Dail looks to build off a 17-10 season last year where CNNY — a Division III school — went to the CUNY Athletic Conference finals.

Rutgers: The season opener marked the beginning of a weak non-conference schedule for the Rutgers. While it won't help Rutgers' RPI, it allows the Scarlet Knights to find their identify, pile up wins early and gain confidence for conference play.

UP NEXT

Rutgers will look to improve to 10-0 in non-conference home games when it faces Central Connecticut State on Sunday.

City College of New York hosts Purchase College on Wednesday before the Penn State University Harrisburg Tournament.

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