EL PASO, TX – Senior Herve Lamizana (Abidgan, Ivory Coast, Africa) continued his all-around consistent play, scoring 21 points, pulling down 15 rebounds and blocking eight shots to lead Rutgers to an 80-75 victory over Northwestern in the opening round of the Sierra Providence SunClassic Basketball Tournament on Saturday. With the win, Rutgers (7-1) moves on to face Texas-El Paso (8-1), an 84-63 semifinal winner over Mississippi Valley St., in Sunday's championship game." />
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Rutgers Defeats Northwestern, 80-75, to Advance to SunClassic Championship Game
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  • EL PASO, TX – Senior Herve Lamizana (Abidgan, Ivory Coast, Africa) continued his all-around consistent play, scoring 21 points, pulling down 15 rebounds and blocking eight shots to lead Rutgers to an 80-75 victory over Northwestern in the opening round of the Sierra Providence SunClassic Basketball Tournament on Saturday. With the win, Rutgers (7-1) moves on to face Texas-El Paso (8-1), an 84-63 semifinal winner over Mississippi Valley St., in Sunday's championship game.

    Lamizana’s eight blocks tied his career high and set a tournament record. His 15 rebounds are also a career high. Sophomore Adrian Hill (Canton, OH) added a career-high five blocks to give Rutgers 13 in the game.

    Northwestern's Jitim Young hit a layup to cut Rutgers' lead to 76-73 with 23 seconds left, but two free throws each by Lamizana and freshman Marquis Webb (Paterson, NJ) in the closing seconds gave the Scarlet Knights an 80-73 lead with nine seconds remaining.

    Junior Ricky Shields (Upper Marlboro, MD) led Rutgers with 24 points, eclipsing the 800-point barrier for his career with 813 points. He enters Sunday’s contest needing just 15 points to enter RU’s all-time top 50 scorers list.

    Shields and Lamizana became the first Rutgers players to score 20 or more points in a game since Jan. 18 2003.

    Freshman Quincy Douby (Brooklyn, NY) added 10 points for the Scarlet Knights.

    Rutgers outrebounded Northwestern 42-26, on Saturday, marking the sixth time in eight games the Scarlet Knights have outrebounded their opponent.

    Shields and Lamizana combined for 25 first-half points to help Rutgers to a 42-34 halftime lead.

    Saturday marked the second consecutive game Rutgers scored 80 points, recording an 80-54 victory over Long Island University in its most recent contest. The 80 points is RU’s highest offensive output of the season.

    Sophomore Calvin Wooten (Detroit, MI) saw his first action of the season for Rutgers following a torn ACL injury suffered during the offseason. The guard logged six minutes off the bench for RU, scoring six points.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE WIN
    With the win over Northwestern, Rutgers improved to 7-1 on the season, the best start in the three-year Gary Waters era. It is the Scarlet Knights’ best start
    since 1997-98, when Rutgers also began the season with a 7-1 record en route to a 19-13 mark. The 1997-98 team reached the second round of the NIT.

    FIRST WIN EVER OVER NORTHWESTERN, 2-1 VS. BIG 10
    Rutgers’ victory over Northwestern was the Scarlet Knights’ first-ever over the Wildcats as Rutgers came into the game with an all-time mark of 0-4 vs.
    Northwestern. In addition, the win improved Rutgers’ record to 2-1 this season vs. Big 10 foes. The Knights have defeated Penn State and Northwestern, while the lone blemish on their record was a loss at then No. 15 Wisconsin.

    KNIGHTS LOOK FOR BEST SEASON-OPENING MARK SINCE
    1975-76
    If Rutgers knocks off host Texas-El Paso (UTEP) in the championship game of the Sierra Providence SunClassic, the 8-1 mark would represent Rutgers’ best nine-game record since the 1975-76 team went 9-0 (en route to a 31-0 record and an appearance in the 1976 NCAA Final Four. Rutgers finished the 1975-76 season with a 31-2 mark and the No. 4 national ranking).

    LAMIZANA POSTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE, BLOCKS 8 SHOTS
    Senior forward Herve Lamizana poured in a season-high 21 points, pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds and matched his career high of eight blocked shots in leading Rutgers to the win over Northwestern. For Lamizana, it was his fourth career ‘double-double’ and his second consecutive ‘double-double’ as he had 11 points and 12 rebounds in Rutgers’ previous game vs. Northwestern. In his last two games, Lamizana is averaging 16.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 7.0 blocks. The eight blocks vs. Northwestern tied for the most blocks in the 43-year history of the Sierra Providence SunClassic.

    RUTGERS’ FIRST MEETING VS. UTEP ON TAP
    Rutgers will meet UTEP for the first time ever. The Scarlet Knights own a 4-2 all-time mark vs. teams that are currently members of the Western Athletic
    Conference (WAC). Rutgers is 1-0 vs. Boise State, 2-1 vs. Hawaii and 1-0 vs. Rice.

    RUTGERS WINS IN-SEASON TOURNEY OPENER FOR 1ST TIME
    SINCE 1995.
    The win over Northwestern marked Rutgers’ first in-season tournament-opening victory since Dec. 28, 1995 when the Scarlet Knights edged Pacific, 69-68, in the opening round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Tuscon. Rutgers lost to host Arizona, 79-70, in the championship game.

    WATERS NO STRANGER TO EL PASO CHAMPIONSHIP TILT
    Rutgers head coach Gary Waters is no stranger to the championship game of the Sierra Providence SunClassic. In 1999, Waters guided his Kent State team to a 91-85 win over Murray State in the opening round. His Golden Flashes then posted a come-from-behind 90-80 victory over UTEP in the championship game in front of 10,184 fans.

    TWO OVER 20 FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
    For the first time this season, Rutgers had two players eclipse the 20-point mark vs. Northwestern with junior guard Ricky Shields leading the way with 24, while senior forward Herve Lamizana chimed in with 21. It was the first time Rutgers had two player score 20 or more since Jan. 18, 2003 when Calvin Wooten and Ricky Shields scored 24 and 20 points, respectively in a 110-89 loss to Villanova.

    SHIELDS MATCHES CAREER HIGH WITH 24, JOINS 800-POINT
    CLUB
    Junior guard Ricky Shields matched his career high 24 points, marking the fourth time he has hit for 24 points in a game. Shields, who was 8-of-16 from the
    field, matched his career high with four three-pointers made and set a career record with 11 three-point attempts. In addition, he joined the 800-point club in his career. Shields enters the UTEP game with 813 career points.

    HILL CAREER HIGH 5 BLOCKS
    Although he managed just two points vs. Northwestern, junior center Adrian Hill made his presence felt in the low post with a career-high five blocks, to go along with five rebounds in a spirited 22-minute effort.

    13 BLOCKS A SEASON-HIGH
    Rutgers blocked a season-high 13 shots vs. Northwestern, surpassing the 12 blocks the Scarlet Knights had in their previous outing on Dec. 20 vs.
    LIU. Two players achieved all 13 blocks, as Herve Lamizana swatted away eight shots while Adrian Hill had five. In Rutgers’ last two games, the Knights have blocked 25 shots.

    FREE THROW SHOOTING CONTINUES TO SHINE
    Rutgers’ stellar free throw shooting continued vs. Northwestern as the Scarlet Knights shot an even 80% on 24-of-30 shooting. It marked the fourth time this season RU has shot 80% or better from the charity stripe and on a fifth occasion, Rutgers shot 79.3%.

    FREE THROW SHOOTING CLUTCH DOWN THE STRETCH
    Rutgers’ free throw shooting was particularly clutch down the stretch vs. Northwestern as the Scarlet Knights connected on 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final 1:29 to seal the victory. Freshman guard Marquis Webb showed exemplary composure, converting on 6-of-6 free throws in the final 1:19 and was 6-for-6 for the game. Herve Lamizana also had a perfect night from the line, going 7-for-7.

    CRASHING THE BOARDS
    Once again, Rutgers’ was dominant on the glass vs. Northwestern. The Scarlet Knights out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-26. Rutgers has out-rebounded its opponents in six of the eight games thus far this season.

    WOOTEN SEES FIRST ACTION OF THE SEASON
    Sophomore guard Calvin Wooten saw his first action of the 2003-04 season vs. Northwestern. The 6-1 Detroit, MI native entered the game with 6:08 remaining in the first half. He made his presence felt, draining a three-point jump shot with 2:33 left in the half and then nailed another three-pointer with 46 seconds left in the half. He played the final six minutes of the first half and finished with six points.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Northwestern vs Rutgers
    12-27-03 9:30 p.m. at El Paso, Texas (Don Haskins Center)
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    VISITORS: Northwestern 5-5
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    11 Vukusic, Vedran..... f  9-17   4-7    4-4    2  4  6   2  26  3  1  1  0  40
    31 Duvancic, Davor..... f  0-6    0-2    0-0    1  2  3   2   0  3  1  0  0  24
    01 Parker, T.J......... g  2-5    1-2    0-0    0  1  1   3   5  5  3  0  3  40
    14 Hachad, Mohamed..... g  3-6    1-2    0-0    1  0  1   0   7  0  1  0  1  16
    25 Young, Jitim........ g  6-14   1-4    7-9    1  5  6   3  20  2  3  0  4  40
    24 Seacat, Evan........    4-12   3-11   0-0    0  0  0   4  11  1  2  0  1  25
    52 Scott, Vince........    2-5    2-5    0-0    0  1  1   5   6  0  1  0  0  15
       TEAM................                         4  4  8
       Totals..............   26-65  12-33  11-13   9 17 26  19  75 14 12  1  9 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-33 39.4%   2nd Half: 13-32 40.6%   Game: 40.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-14 28.6%   2nd Half:  8-19 42.1%   Game: 36.4%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100 %   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 84.6%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 7-1
                              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  6-11   2-4    7-7    5 10 15   2  21  2  5  8  0  35
    04 HILL, Adrian........ f  0-4    0-0    2-4    2  3  5   1   2  0  3  5  0  24
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  4-4    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   8  0  2  0  0  20
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  8-16   4-11   4-6    1  2  3   1  24  2  6  0  0  31
    11 WEBB, Marquis....... g  1-3    0-0    6-6    1  4  5   4   8  6  2  0  1  33
    05 DOUBY, Quincy.......    2-7    2-5    4-5    0  2  2   1  10  3  1  0  2  29
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  1  2  0  0  13
    21 JOYNES, Byron.......    0-2    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   3   1  0  1  0  0   9
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    2-3    2-3    0-0    0  1  1   0   6  1  0  0  1   6
       TEAM................                         1  4  5
       Totals..............   23-50  10-23  24-30  12 30 42  17  80 15 22 13  4 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-29 55.2%   2nd Half:  7-21 33.3%   Game: 46.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-14 50.0%   2nd Half:  3-9  33.3%   Game: 43.5%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half: 21-24 87.5%   Game: 80.0%    4
    
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    Officials: Bill Gracey, Eddie Jackson, Eric Curry
    Technical fouls: Northwestern-TEAM. Rutgers-HILL, Adrian.
    Attendance: 9434
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Northwestern..................   34   41  -   75
    Rutgers.......................   42   38  -   80
    
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