SYRACUSE, NY-- Hakim Warrick scored 16 points as 25th-ranked Syracuse held off pesky Rutgers, 63-61, in a cold-shooting Big East Conference matchup." />
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Rutgers Edged at #25 Syracuse, 63-61
  • Posted on February 10, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • SYRACUSE, NY – Junior Ricky Shields (Upper Marlboro, MD) netted a game-high 20 points, including a career-high tying six three-pointers, but it was not enough as the defending national-champion Syracuse Orangemen (15-5, 5-4) outlasted Rutgers (13-8, 5-6), 63-61, in front of 19,796 on Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.

    With Syracuse holding a three-point edge at 61-58 with under a minute remaining, freshman guard Quincy Douby (Brooklyn, NY) missed two three-point chances that would have tied the game and Orangemen forward Hakim Warrick converted a pair of free-throws to open up a five-point lead (63-58) with four seconds left in the game. Shields then netted a 25-foot shot for his sixth three-pointer of the contest to cut the lead to two with eight-tenths of a second showing on the game clock, but time ran out on the Scarlet Knights, who drop two consecutive games for only the third time this season.

    Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara, who leads the BIG EAST in free-throw percentage and entered the game with a perfect 23-for-23 mark in eight league games, missed a crucial free throw with under a minute remaining to allow Rutgers an opportunity to force the tie.

    Rutgers trailed for nearly the entire opening period, heading into halftime down by seven at 30-23. The Scarlet Knights responded, opening the second half on 15-7 run, capped by a three-point play by sophomore forward Adrian Hill (Canton, OH), to regain the lead for the first time since the second minute of the game. Rutgers continued its strong second half performance, scoring five of the next six points, capped by a Shields three-pointer to open up its largest lead of the game at 43-38 with 11:35 remaining in the game.

    Syracuse responded with an 8-0 run late in the second half to pull ahead for good.

    Senior Herve Lamizana (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the game for the Scarlet Knights. The 6-10 forward also registered three-blocked shots to give him 202 for his 72-game Scarlet Knight career.

    Freshman guard Marquis Webb (Paterson, NJ) finished with 11 points (two shy of his career-high) and a career-high eight rebounds tonight. The guard tied his career high with three three-pointers in the game on 3-of-5 (.600) shooting beyond the arc.

    Warrick, a preseason All-BIG EAST First Team member, scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Orangemen.

    The Scarlet Knights tied a season low with seven turnovers in the game.

    Rutgers returns home to host Virginia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 15, in BIG EAST action at the Louis Brown Athletic Center at 2 p.m.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    SHIELDS SCORES 1000th CAREER POINT
    Ricky Shields converted a 25-foot shot to give the Scarlet Knights a five-point cushion over the Orangemen with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game. The three-points gives him 1,002 for his career. With the milestone basket, Shields becomes the 33rd member of Rutgers’ 1,000-point club. He finished with a team-high 20 points in the game and 1,005 points for his 80-game career at Rutgers. Shields is currently 33rd on the school’s scoring list.

    SHIELDS TIES CAREER HIGH WITH SIX THREE-POINTERS
    Junior Ricky Shields, who is second in the BIG EAST (behind RU teammate Quincy Douby) in three-point percentage in conference games, once again shined for the Scarlet Knights from the beyond the arc tonight. He tied his career-high with six three-pointers tonight to place him fifth on the Rutgers all-time three-point field goals made list with 164. Shields has recorded three or more trifectas in 12 of Rutgers’ 21 games this season, including his last three. The junior also eclipsed his career highs in overall and three-point field goal attempts, attempting 23 shots overall, including 14 three-point field goals.

    LAMIZANA RECORDS 200th CAREER BLOCK
    Senior Herve Lamizana recorded his 200th career block tonight, becoming just the fourth Scarlet Knight to reach the 200-block plateau. Lamizana has 202 career blocks in 72 career games as a Scarlet Knight. He sits in fourth place on the Rutgers all-time list, 44 behind Chuck Weiler (1990-94) who owns 246.

    RU TIES SEASON LOW WITH SEVEN TURNOVERS
    Rutgers committed just seven turnovers tonight, tying a season-low set four times previously. It is also the second consecutive game the Scarlet Knights have recorded the mark.

    HANDLE WITH CARE
    The Rutgers backcourt of Quincy Douby, Ricky Shields, Marquis Webb, Juel Wiggan and Calvin Wooten combined to play 120 minutes tonight without recording a single turnover.
    Player Minutes Turnovers
    Quincy Douby 16 0
    Ricky Shields 34 0
    Marquis Webb 35 0
    Juel Wiggan 31 0
    Calvin Wooten 4 0
    TOTALS 120 0

    SECOND CLOSEST MARGIN AT CARRIER DOME
    Tonight’s 63-61 loss at the Carrier Dome, marks the second-closest loss by a Rutgers team inside the Carrier Dome. On Jan. 14, 1996, the Scarlet Knights lost an 81-80 decision to the Orangemen at the Carrier Dome.

    RUTGERS MAKES GOOD FROM THE LINE
    For the 11th time in 21 games this season, Rutgers shot 75 percent or better from the free throw line. Tonight, RU went 16-of-21 (.762) from the charity stripe.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Rutgers vs Syracuse
    2/10/04 7:04 p.m. at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
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    VISITORS: Rutgers (13-8) (5-6)
                              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  4-12   0-2    6-8    1  7  8   3  14  3  4  3  0  36
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  1-6    0-0    1-1    0  7  7   5   3  0  3  0  0  22
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  7-23   6-14   0-0    4  1  5   0  20  1  0  0  1  34
    11 WEBB, Marquis....... g  3-6    3-5    2-2    6  2  8   1  11  3  0  0  0  35
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........ g  1-4    0-3    3-4    0  2  2   3   5  4  0  0  1  30
    04 HILL, Adrian........    1-3    0-0    4-6    4  2  6   4   6  0  0  1  1  22
    05 DOUBY, Quincy.......    0-6    0-5    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  1  0  0  0  16
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    1-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   2   2  0  0  0  0   4
       TEAM................                         1  3  4
       Totals..............   18-62   9-30  16-21  16 24 40  19  61 12  7  4  3 199
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  6-27 22.2%   2nd Half: 12-35 34.3%   Game: 29.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-14 28.6%   2nd Half:  5-16 31.3%   Game: 30.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  7-10 70.0%   2nd Half:  9-11 81.8%   Game: 76.2%    3
    
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    HOME TEAM: Syracuse (15-5) (5-4)
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 WARRICK, Hakim...... f  4-10   0-0    8-11   4 10 14   2  16  4  3  2  0  36
    05 PACE, Josh.......... f  6-13   0-0    0-1    3  2  5   1  12  5  2  2  2  38
    51 FORTH, Craig........ c  6-9    0-0    0-0    4  5  9   4  12  0  1  2  1  23
    03 McNAMARA, Gerry..... g  3-12   3-9    1-3    0  4  4   1  10  5  2  0  1  39
    04 NICHOLS, Demetris... g  1-6    1-4    0-1    1  5  6   5   3  0  1  1  1  28
    33 ROBERTS, Terrence...    1-4    0-0    2-4    2  1  3   2   4  0  0  0  0  14
    34 McNEIL, Jeremy......    2-2    0-0    2-2    1  1  2   3   6  0  0  3  1  17
    42 McCROSKEY, Louie....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   5
       TEAM................                         2  2  4
       Totals..............   23-57   4-14  13-22  17 30 47  19  63 14 10 10  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-31 38.7%   2nd Half: 11-26 42.3%   Game: 40.4%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  1-4  25.0%   Game: 28.6%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half: 10-14 71.4%   Game: 59.1%    2
    
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    Officials: John Cahill, Reggie Greenwood, Gene Monje
    Technical fouls: Rutgers-None. Syracuse-None.
    Attendance: 19796
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Rutgers.......................   23   38  -   61
    Syracuse......................   30   33  -   63
    
    Points in the paint-RUTGERS 14,SYRACUSE 34. Points off turnovers-RUTGERS 8,SYRACUSE 10.
    2nd chance points-RUTGERS 13,SYRACUSE 14. Fast break points-RUTGERS 2,SYRACUSE 0.
    Bench points-RUTGERS 8,SYRACUSE 10. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-4 times.
    Last FG-RUTGERS 2nd-00:02, SYRACUSE 2nd-01:10.
    
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