PISCATAWAY, N.J. --  Rutgers limited center Judson Wallace to just five points and made four key throws down the stretch to hold off Princeton 51-49 on Saturday to improve to 5-1 in front of a season-high crowd of 6,102 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center." />
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Rutgers Holds Off Princeton 51-49
  • Posted on December 13, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. --  Rutgers limited center Judson Wallace to just five points and made four key throws down the stretch to hold off Princeton 51-49 on Saturday to improve to 5-1 in front of a season-high crowd of 6,102 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

    Wallace, averaging 22.8 points per game, was the 12th-leading scorer in the nation coming in.

    But he connected on just 1-of-8 from the field and 3-of-6 from the foul line due to tough post defense by senior forward Sean Axani (Red Bank), sophomore forward Adrian Hill (Canton, OH) and senior center Herve Lamizana (Abidjan, Ivory Coast).

    The win was Rutgers’ fifth straight over Princeton, marking just the second time in RU history the Knights have won five straight over the Tigers (the previous five-game winning streak was a stretch from 1973-1976).

    Princeton (4-2) got to within two points six times in the second half, but never could draw even.

    The key possession was when Princeton trailed, 49-45, in the final minute. Wallace followed his own miss but traveled because of Hill's strong defense. It was one of six turnovers for Wallace in the game.

    Princeton cut it to two when Wallace fed Ed Persia for a layup with 27 seconds left but junior guard Juel Wiggan (Bronx, NY) sank two free throws to push the lead back to four with 16 seconds remaining.

    Persia passed to Andre Logan, who had 11 points off the bench, for a layup to make it 51-49 and Princeton fouled, putting freshman guard Quincy Douby (Brooklyn, NY) on the line.

    Douby, who finished with nine points, missed the front end of a one-and-one with six ticks left and Princeton had one final chance but Logan missed a 17-footer at the top of the key and the buzzer sounded

    Junior guard Ricky Shields (Upper Marlboro, MD) scored 13 points to lead Rutgers in scoring while Lamizana tallied a game-high 11 rebounds along with seven points and three blocked shots.

    Rutgers shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first half to establish a 27-19 lead at the break. The Scarlet Knights cooled down to 33.3 percent shooting in the second half, while Princeton converted 46.2 percent from the floor. The Tigers outscored Rutgers 30-24 in the stanza, but the Scarlet Knights never yielded the lead.

    “That was ugly,” said Rutgers head coach Gary Waters. “I even told our kids this could be an ugly game here. Because we’re going to defend them and they’re going to make some baskets because they run their offense as well as anybody in the entire country.

    “We go into each game with a game plan, and if you remember last year when we beat them at their place, the game plan was to stop every backdoor, don’t give the backdoor cuts. That wasn’t our game this year,” Waters added. “Our goal was we cannot give them three-pointers because they came into the game shooting 50 percent from the field from three-point range. They hit some threes but we held them to 23 percent and that’s what we do. Sometimes when you rush out there with high hands, you’re going to have some back cuts.

    Rutgers shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first half to establish a 27-19 lead at the break. The Scarlet Knights cooled down to 33.3 percent shooting in the second half, while Princeton converted 46.2 percent from the floor. The Tigers outscored Rutgers 30-24 in the stanza, but the Scarlet Knights never yielded the lead.

    Both teams finished the game with nearly identical numbers from the field, as Rutgers shot 42.9 percent while Princeton hit on 42.2 percent. The Scarlet Knights performed better at the line, however, connecting on 11-of-13 free throws compared to just 6-of-14 for the Tigers.

    The Scarlet Knights are next in action on Sat., Dec. 27 when they play host to LIU at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

    WITH THE WIN
    With the 51-49 victory over Princeton, the Scarlet Knights improve to 5-1 on the season. Rutgers has now won five straight games over Princeton. It is the second time in series history that RU has won five consecutive games over the Tigers. The previous five-game stretch came from 1973-76.

    SCARLET KNIGHTS RESPOND
    After falling behind 8-0, Rutgers responded with a 17-4 run, limiting Princeton to just one field goal in a span of 6:38. During the run, Ricky Shields scored eight points and Herve Lamizana made a three-pointer to give RU its first lead of the game.

    CLAMPING DOWN ON DEFENSE
    The 19 points allowed by Rutgers in the first half was a season-low. The previous low came when the Scarlet Knights held Wisconsin to 21 points on Nov. 29, 2003. It was also the fewest points Princeton had scored in a half this season.

    Rutgers has held its opponents to 21 points or less in a half in three of six games this year.

    TAMING THE TIGERS
    Princeton, which was shooting .402 (43-of-107) from three-point range on the season, was held to 5-of-21 (.238) today by the Scarlet Knights.

    A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
    Herve Lamizana once again had a solid all-around game, netting seven points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.

    DOUBY WITHOUT A THREE
    For the first time in his six-game Rutgers career, Quincy Douby did not hit a three-pointer. Coming into the game, Douby was leading the team with 11 threes. He still managed to score nine points.

    RU FROM THE LINE
    Rutgers once again was able to convert from the free throw line, hitting 11-of-13 (.846). Over the last three games combined, RU has shot 38-of-45 (.844)

    RU SHUTS DOWN WALLACE
    Coming into the game, Princeton’s Judson Wallace was averaging 22.8 points per game, good for 12TH in the nation. Today, RU held Wallace to just five points. In Rutgers’ previous outing against Penn State, Jan Jagla was averaging 19 points per game entering the contest, and a stingy RU defense held him to just nine points.

    NEXT UP
    The Scarlet Knights will entertain Long Island University on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Princeton vs Rutgers
    12/13/03 2:00pm at Louis Brown Athletic Center
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    VISITORS: Princeton 4-2
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 WYSOCKI, Konrad..... f  3-4    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   1   7  0  4  0  0  23
    30 WALLACE, Judson..... c  1-8    0-2    3-6    2  2  4   4   5  3  6  1  1  27
    03 GREENMAN, Scott..... g  0-4    0-4    1-2    1  4  5   1   1  1  0  0  1  30
    10 PERSIA, Ed.......... g  4-12   3-9    0-0    2  2  4   2  11  7  1  0  1  38
    22 VENABLE, Will....... g  4-6    0-1    2-5    0  3  3   2  10  2  1  0  1  30
    12 SCHAFER, Max........    0-2    0-2    0-0    2  1  3   2   0  2  1  0  0  12
    20 OWINGS, Luke........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
    25 LOGAN, Andre........    5-7    1-1    0-0    2  3  5   1  11  1  0  1  1  19
    33 STEPHENS, Mike......    2-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   2   4  0  1  0  0  15
    54 SCHAEN, Harrison....    0-0    0-0    0-1    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
       TEAM................                         3     3             1
       Totals..............   19-45   5-21   6-14  13 17 30  15  49 16 15  2  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-19 36.8%   2nd Half: 12-26 46.2%   Game: 42.2%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  3-12 25.0%   Game: 23.8%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%   Game: 42.9%    3
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 5-1
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 LAMIZANA, Herve..... f  3-6    1-1    0-0    2  9 11   3   7  3  3  3  1  30
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   5   2  0  0  0  0  15
    04 HILL, Adrian........ c  2-4    0-1    2-2    2  0  2   2   6  0  1  0  0  22
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  4-11   1-5    4-4    1  3  4   2  13  0  2  0  2  35
    11 WEBB, Marquis....... g  3-5    2-2    0-0    1  3  4   2   8  0  2  0  0  33
    05 DOUBY, Quincy.......    3-11   0-5    3-5    1  2  3   0   9  1  3  0  1  28
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    1-2    0-0    2-2    0  0  0   0   4  4  1  0  1  22
    21 JOYNES, Byron.......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   2  2  1  0  0  15
       TEAM................                         1     1   1
       Totals..............   18-42   4-14  11-13   8 18 26  17  51 10 13  3  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-21 52.4%   2nd Half:  7-21 33.3%   Game: 42.9%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 28.6%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100 %   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 84.6%    1
    
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    Officials: Mike Kitts, Bob Donato, Reggie Greenwood
    Technical fouls: Princeton-WALLACE, Judson. Rutgers-TEAM.
    Attendance: 6102
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Princeton.....................   19   30  -   49
    Rutgers.......................   27   24  -   51
    ID-222143
    
    Points in the paint-PRINC 28,RUTGERS 20. Points off turnovers-PRINC 20,RUTGERS 14.
    2nd chance points-PRINC 13,RUTGERS 4. Fast break points-PRINC 4,RUTGERS 6.
    Bench points-PRINC 15,RUTGERS 15. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-1 time.
    Last FG-PRINC 2nd-00:07, RUTGERS 2nd-03:38.
    
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