PISCATAWAY, N.J.- Senior forward Herve Lamizana hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with less than a second left to play to lift Rutgers a 65-64 victory over No. 25 Providence on Saturday night." />
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Lamizana's Last-Second Heroics Lift Rutgers Past #25 Providence, 65-64
  • Posted on January 10, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J.- Senior forward Herve Lamizana hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with less than a second left to play to lift Rutgers a 65-64 victory over No. 25 Providence on Saturday night.

    It was the 24th time that Rutgers has defeated a ranked opponent and the seventh time that third-year coach Gary Waters has led RU to a win over a ranked foe. It was the second straight loss in the final seconds for the Friars (8-3, 0-1 Big East), who entered the Top 25 on Monday for the first time in almost three years.

    Rutgers (8-4, 1-2) trailed the last 30 minutes of the game but was given new life when Providence's Donnie McGrath missed two free throws. Lamizana grabbed the rebound of the second miss and Rutgers called a timeout with 5.7 seconds left.

    Freshman Quincy Douby dribbled the ball up the right side, and dished it to Lamizana, who drilled a 24-footer in front of the Rutgers bench. Providence had one last chance with .4 seconds left, but Lamizana blocked the inbounds pass as the buzzer sounded.

    “The last shot was designed. We told the kids that we didn’t want to go into overtime,” said Waters. “We wanted to throw it into Quincy and have him penetrate. I told Quincy, if you’ve got a direct lane take it to the basket. But if you don’t take it, kick it and we put two guys on one side (Herve Lamizana and Ricky Shields) who would be able to take a three. We executed and when you have young players that something you have to work towards.

    “Providence controlled the entire tempo of the game,” said Waters. “They are a very good team. We had everything we could to handle them defensively. We normally defend pretty well but we had a hard time. Inside, Gomes and the other big kid (Marcus Douthit) were just eating us alive inside. It was tough today. My hat goes off to Providence, because they did an outstanding job.”

    Lamizana led Rutgers with 21 points and eight rebounds while junior guard Ricky Shields had 14 points and five rebounds. Gomes had 27 points for the Friars, who took control midway through the first half, outscoring Rutgers 23-10 over the final 10 minutes to take a 36-26 halftime lead. Douthit finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE WIN
    With tonight’s 65-64 come-from-behind victory over No. 25 Providence, Rutgers improves to 8-4 overall and scores its first win the BIG EAST (1-2).

    RUTGER BEATS RANKED OPPONENT
    Rutgers defeated a ranked opponent for the 24th time in school history and the seventh time in the three-year tenure of head coach Gary Waters.

    COME BACK KIDS
    Before Herve Lamizana’s game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 left, the Scarlet Knights last led at 16-15 at the 10:30 mark of the first half, a span of 29:29.

    LAMIZANA NAILS GAME-WINNER TO KNOCK OFF RANKED TEAM … AGAIN
    For the second time in his career, Herve Lamizana made a game-winning three-pointer to defeat a ranked team. On Jan. 29, 2003, he banked in a three-pointer with 16.6 seconds left as the Scarlet Knights upset 24th-ranked and eventual National Champion Syracuse, 68-65. Tonight’s three-pointer came with 0.4 left.

    RUTGERS NETS LAST-SECOND VICTORY
    Herve Lamizana’s three-pointer with 0.4 left to win the game tonight against No. 25 Providence was the first victory in the last-second for RU since Jan. 23, 1999 when Geoff Billet converted a running jumper to give Rutgers a 72-70 triumph at Notre Dame.

    LAMIZANA AND 20-POINT GAMES
    Lamizana’s game-winning three-pointer capped a 21-point effort, just one shy of his career-high of 22 points. He has recorded eight career 20-point games, including three this season.

    RU PAIR MOVE UP IN RECORD BOOKS
    Senior forward Herve Lamizana and junior guard Ricky Shields moved up in the Rutgers career record books tonight. With a blocked shot early in the second half, Lamizana moved into fourth place all-time with 184. He surpassed Eric Clark’s mark of 183 (1994-98). Shields moved into 42nd place all-time on RU’s career scoring chart with a three-pointer at the 15:10 mark of the second half, passing Earl Johnson’s 852 points (1996-99).

    TONIGHT’S ATTENDENCE
    The crowd of 6,942 is the second highest of the 2003-04 season at the RAC, surpassed only by the 8,044 in attendance against No. 1 UConn last Tuesday.

    HERVE’S BLOCK PARTY
    Over the past six games, Herve Lamizana has had a 26 blocks. He matched a career-high with eight in a victory over Northwestern and had six against No. 1 Connecticut. He’s had six or more blocks in three of his past six games.

    Date Opponent Blocks
    12/20 LIU 6
    12/27 Northwestern 8
    12/28 UTEP 2
    1/3 Georgetown 0
    1/6 UConn 6
    1/10 Providence 4
    Total 26

    SHIELDS FROM DOWNTOWN
    Ricky Shields has made at least one three-pointer in all but one game this season, with Wisconsin the only team to hold Shields scoreless from three-point range. He’s made 14 three’s in his past five games, matching his career-high of four three-pointers on three different occasions during that span.

    Date Opponent Three-Pointers Made

    12/27 Northwestern 4
    12/28 UTEP 1
    1/3 Georgetown 1
    1/6 UConn 4
    1/10 Providence 4
    Total 14

    TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
    The Scarlet Knights turned the ball over just seven times for the second consecutive game, and third time this season, tying a season low. Rutgers has had 10 or less turnovers in four games during the season (7 vs. UConn 1/6, 7 vs. LIU 12/20, 10 at Penn State 12/10).

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Providence vs Rutgers
    01/10/04 7:00 p.m. at Louis Brown Athl. Center; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: Providence 8-3, 0-1
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    03 GOMES, Ryan......... f 10-18   1-6    6-7    1  6  7   3  27  2  3  0  1  40
    25 KOTTI, Tuukka....... f  1-7    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   4   2  1  0  2  0  27
    04 DOUTHIT, Marcus..... c  7-10   0-0    2-3    3  8 11   3  16  2  3  6  2  39
    01 MCGRATH, Donnie..... g  1-6    1-3    3-7    0  0  0   1   6  2  1  0  1  34
    13 KABBA, Sheiku....... g  2-2    2-2    0-0    0  1  1   1   6  1  1  0  0  25
    20 ANRIN, Chris........    1-3    1-3    0-0    0  0  0   3   3  0  0  0  0  10
    24 BREWINGTON, Dwight..    2-4    0-1    0-0    1  5  6   2   4  3  1  0  0  25
       TEAM................                            4  4
       Totals..............   24-50   5-15  11-17   5 28 33  17  64 11  9  8  4 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-27 55.6%   2nd Half:  9-23 39.1%   Game: 48.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-7  42.9%   2nd Half:  2-8  25.0%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-3  100 %   2nd Half:  8-14 57.1%   Game: 64.7%    3
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 8-4, 1-2
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 LAMIZANA, Herve..... f  8-17   3-5    2-4    1  7  8   4  21  3  0  4  0  33
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  3-6    0-0    1-2    1  4  5   5   7  2  1  0  0  26
    04 HILL, Adrian........ c  3-5    0-0    3-6    3  2  5   3   9  0  1  1  0  23
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  4-11   4-8    2-2    1  4  5   0  14  2  2  0  0  36
    11 WEBB, Marquis....... g  2-4    1-1    1-2    2  3  5   2   6  0  2  0  2  34
    05 DOUBY, Quincy.......    1-6    1-5    0-0    0  0  0   1   3  3  1  0  1  21
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    1-6    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   3   3  2  0  0  1  18
    21 JOYNES, Byron.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   6
       TEAM................                         2  3  5
       Totals..............   23-56   9-19  10-18  12 24 36  18  65 12  7  5  4 201
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-30 33.3%   2nd Half: 13-26 50.0%   Game: 41.1%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-11 27.3%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 47.4%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half:  7-12 58.3%   Game: 55.6%    1
    
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    Officials: Jim Burr, Reggie Greenwood, Doug Shows
    Technical fouls: Providence-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 6942
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Providence....................   36   28  -   64
    Rutgers.......................   26   39  -   65
    ID-223337
    
    Points in the paint-PC 30,RUTGERS 26. Points off turnovers-PC 4,RUTGERS 10.
    2nd chance points-PC 10,RUTGERS 5. Fast break points-PC 2,RUTGERS 0.
    Bench points-PC 7,RUTGERS 8. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-7 times.
    Last FG-PC 2nd-03:21, RUTGERS 2nd-00:01.
    
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