PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Eli Carter scored 20 points, and Rutgers made four free throws in the final 6.3 seconds to hold off Boston University 81-79 Tuesday night.
Malick Kone had a career-high 17 points and Myles Mack added 15 for Rutgers (3-1), which led the entire way but let an 18-point, first-half lead dwindle to one when D.J. Irving hit a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left.
Seagears made both foul shots and, after Rutgers inbounded, Carter was fouled quickly and hit both with 5.7 seconds left to make it 81-76 and seal Rutgers third straight victory.
Rutgers opened leads of 32-14 and 34-16 with under six minutes left in the first half before Boston University rallied to get back in it. Irving sparked an 18-8 run with a 3-pointer and closed with another 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 42-34 at half.
Rutgers built its big lead with a 13-2 run that gave the Knights a 23-10 advantage. They gradually built the 18-point lead behind eight points off the bench from Kone, which matched his career high from last year against Dartmouth.
Mack and Carter combined for 21 points during the half.
The Terriers gradually chipped away after intermission and got within three with less than three minutes left. Each time, however, Rutgers had an answer as it won its third straight.
Kone shot 8 for 10 to help Rutgers shoot 48.3 percent (28 for 58). Kadeem Jack's eight rebounds led the Knights, who held a 39-30 advantage on the boards.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.