PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Herve Lamizana scored 20 points, including 13 in a 30-0 run in the first half, as Rutgers cruised to an 85-52 victory over Virginia Tech Sunday." />
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  • Posted on February 15, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Herve Lamizana scored 20 points, including 13 in a 30-0 run in the first half, as Rutgers cruised to an 85-52 victory over Virginia Tech Sunday.

    Rutgers improved to 14-8 overall and 6-6 in Big East Conference play, while Virginia Tech dropped to 10-11, 3-7 in the league.

    The game was over not long after the opening tip as Virginia Tech went 10:25 without scoring while Rutgers made its first seven shots and broke out to a 32-3 lead.

    The run was finally broken when Tech's Bryant Matthews, the Big East's leading scorer, converted the second of two free throws with 7:41 remaining in the first half.

    The streak was accomplished without any points from the Scarlet Knights' leading scorer, Ricky Shields, who didn't score until he nailed a 3-pointer with 1:56 left in the half.

    The backcourt of Marquis Webb, who finished with a career-high 16 points, and Juel Wiggan, who had 11, was the major catalyst in the unbroken string as they hit successive 3-pointers from the wings to after Matthews gave the Hokies a brief 3-2 lead by converting a three-point play.

    Wiggan then made a steal and fed it to Lamizana for a layup, and Lamizana followed that with a 3-pointer to make the score 13-3 and force the Hokies to take their first timeout with 15:58 left.

    Lamizana scored five points and Webb and Wiggan combined for five more to make it 23-3, and the Knights scored nine more points before the run ended with Wiggan's layup accounting for the 30th point.

    Matthews, averaging 23.2 points a game, scored 16 of the Hokies' 19 points in the first half as Rutgers built a 45-19 advantage. He finished with 29.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE WIN
    With today’s 85-52 victory, Rutgers improves to 14-8 overall for the season and evens its BIG EAST mark to 6-6 in BIG EAST competition.

    RUTGERS RUNS AWAY
    Rutgers held Virginia Tech without a point from 18:06 to 7:37 in the first half, a span of 10:29. During the stretch, the Scarlet Knights outscored the Hokies 30-0. During the 30-0 run Rutgers’ leading scorer, Ricky Shields did not score a point. The run ended when VT’s Bryan Matthews converted the second of two free-throw attempts to make the score 32-4. The Scarlet Knights held Virginia Tech without a field goal from18:06 to 6:54, a span of 11:12. VT’s Shawn Harris ended the field goal drought with a layup to make it 32-6.

    A TAIL OF TWO STARTS
    Rutgers opened the game converting its first seven shots, including four three-pointers. At the 8:05 mark of the first half, Rutgers was shooting 13-of-18 (.722) from the field, including 6-of-8 from three-point range. In contrast, Virginia Tech (playing its first game ever at the RAC) shot 1-for-12 (.083) from the field and 0-2 (.000) from three-point range during the same stretch. The Scarlet Knights forced eight Hokie turnovers during the stretch.

    LARGEST EVER MARGIN OF VICTORY IN A BIG EAST GAME FOR RU
    Today’s 33-point, 85-52 victory over Virginia Tech marks the largest margin of victory for Rutgers in its nine-year BIG EAST history. The previous high was a 32-point, 81-49 defeat of Seton Hall on Jan. 7, 1998.

    LARGEST POINT TOTAL AND MARGIN OF VICTORY OF THE SEASON
    Today’s 85-52 victory over Virginia Tech marks Rutgers’ largest point total of the season and largest margin of victory of the 2003-04 campaign. The Scarlet Knights’ previous high point total was 81 against Notre Dame on Jan. 31.

    NOT IN OUR HOUSE
    Rutgers improved to 11-1 at the RAC and a combined 36-9 at the home in three seasons under head coach Gary Waters.

    RU HOLDS HOKIES BELOW 20 IN FIRST HALF
    Virginia Tech’s 19 first-half points were the lowest allowed by Rutgers in a BIG EAST game since January 18, 2000 when Notre Dame scored 16 points in the opening period. The total is also the lowest allowed in a half by a Rutgers opponent since Delaware State scored 10 points on December 28, 2002.

    SCORCHING THE NET
    Rutgers shot 60 percent (18-of-30) during the first half today. It was Rutgers’ best shooting half in its nine-year BIG EAST history.

    WEBB GETS TO THE POINT
    Freshman Marquis Webb converted a jumper at the 15:21 mark of the second half to give him a career high 15 points. He finished the game with a career-high 16 points on the afternoon. He scored 10 of his points in the first half.

    SEVENTH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR HERVE
    Senior forward Herve Lamizana recorded his seventh career double-double today, with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It is his fifth of the 2003-04 season. Rutgers is 7-0 on the season when Lamizana finishes in double figures in scoring and rebounding. The 6-10 forward has scored 20 points or more in four of those games, including three of the last four. Lamizana has scored in double-figures in seven-straight games and 18 times this season.

    FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES
    For the third time this season, five different Scarlet Knights hit the double-figure mark in the scoring column. Juel Wiggan capped the afternoon with a layup at the 4:00 mark of the second half. The last time RU achieved the feat was against Monmouth on Jan. 13, 2004 when Lamizana (18), Shields (16), Wiggan (13), Webb (11) and Sean Axani (11) each hit the double-figure plateau. Against Long Island University on Dec. 20, 2003, Rutgers had six players score in double figures.

    Player Points
    Herve Lamizana 20
    Marquis Webb 16*
    Quincy Douby 15
    Juel Wiggan 11
    Ricky Shields 10
    * career high

    THREE-POINT FRENZY
    For the seventh time this season Rutgers registered 10 or more three-pointers in a game. The Scarlet Knights finished 11-of-23 from beyond the arc against Virginia Tech. The most three-pointers made in a game this season was 12 against Temple Dec. 3. Rutgers is 6-1 this season in games when it has 10 or more three-point field goals, with its only loss coming against then top-ranked Connecticut.

    MOVIN ON UP
    Junior Ricky Shields scored 10 points today to give him 1,015 points for his career. He moves into a tie with Andrew Kolbasovsky (1992-96) for 32nd place on the Rutgers all-time scoring list. Next on the list is Rick Dadika (1985-90) with 1,023.

    OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
    Virginia Tech vs Rutgers                                                        
    02/15/04 2:00 p.m. at Louis Brown Athl. Center; Piscataway, NJ                  
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    VISITORS: Virginia Tech 10-11, 3-7                                              
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
    No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
    22 MATTHEWS, Bryant     f 10-23   2-6    7-12   3  2  5   3  29   1  4  0  1  38
    33 COLLINS, Coleman     f  1-4    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   2   0  2  0  0  28
    01 DOWDELL, Zabian      g  1-8    0-3    1-1    0  2  2   2   3   3  1  0  0  28
    02 GORDON, Jamon        g  2-7    1-4    0-2    0  2  2   4   5   2  3  1  1  34
    24 SAILES, Markus       g  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0   1  1  0  0  12
    05 RANDALL, Bryan          1-4    1-2    0-1    1  1  2   2   3   0  0  1  0  18
    11 RITCHIE, Bob            0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    15 LATTIMORE, Mykhael      0-3    0-1    0-0    2  0  2   0   0   1  0  0  0   4
    21 CALLOWAY, Allen         2-4    0-0    2-2    3  5  8   5   6   0  0  0  0  18
    23 HARRIS, Shawn           1-1    0-0    2-3    0  0  0   2   4   1  0  0  0  12
    25 McCANDIES, Philip       0-2    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0   1  0  0  0   5
    42 TUCKER, Chris           0-2    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   2
    TEAM ........................................   3  0  3                         
    TOTALS                    18-58   4-18  12-21  14 15 29  20  52  10 11  2  2 200
                                                                                    
    TOT-FG 1stH:  6-21 28.6%  2ndH: 12-37 32.4%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 31.0% Deadbl
    3pt-FG 1stH:  1-5  20.0%  2ndH:  3-13 23.1%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 22.2%  Rebs 
    FThrow 1stH:  6-9  66.7%  2ndH:  6-12 50.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 57.1%   4   
                                                                                    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 14-8, 6-6                                                    
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
    No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
    01 LAMIZANA, Herve      f  6-11   3-3    5-6    2  8 10   3  20   1  0  4  1  33
    32 AXANI, Sean          f  2-5    0-0    0-0    3  4  7   4   4   1  0  1  1  24
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky       g  3-9    2-8    2-2    0  2  2   0  10   1  1  0  2  31
    11 WEBB, Marquis        g  5-8    3-5    3-5    2  1  3   3  16   5  1  0  0  32
    13 WIGGAN, Juel         g  4-7    1-2    2-2    1  4  5   1  11   5  2  0  1  30
    04 HILL, Adrian            2-2    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   4   4   0  0  0  1   9
    05 DOUBY, Quincy           5-8    2-5    3-3    0  1  1   2  15   3  4  1  1  23
    10 MIMMO, Jon              0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    21 JOYNES, Byron           1-1    0-0    3-4    1  3  4   2   5   1  3  2  0  11
    23 PIASECKI, Justin        0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0   0  0  0  0   3
    30 HAZARD, Eric            0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    33 KEATING, Shayle         0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0   0  0  0  0   2
    TEAM ........................................   0  1  1                         
    TOTALS                    28-52  11-23  18-22  10 30 40  19  85  17 11  8  7 200
                                                                                    
    TOT-FG 1stH: 18-30 60.0%  2ndH: 10-22 45.5%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 53.8% Deadbl
    3pt-FG 1stH:  7-14 50.0%  2ndH:  4-9  44.4%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 47.8%  Rebs 
    FThrow 1stH:  2-3  66.7%  2ndH: 16-19 84.2%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 81.8%   3, 1
                                                                                    
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    OFFICIALS:   Mike Kitts, Will Bush, Jeff Clark                                  
    TECHNICAL FOULS:                                                                
    Virginia Tech                 -  none                                           
    Rutgers                       -  none                                           
    ATTENDANCE:  7,701                                                              
    SCORE BY PERIODS:                  1st  2nd  OT1  OT2  OT3  OT4   TOTAL         
    Virginia Tech                       19   33                          52         
    Rutgers                             45   40                          85         
                                                                                    
    PTS IN THE PAINT:  Virginia Tech - 24  Rutgers - 24                             
    PTS OFF TURNOVERS: Virginia Tech - 05  Rutgers - 17                             
    2ND CHANCE POINTS: Virginia Tech - 10  Rutgers - 12                             
    FAST BREAK POINTS: Virginia Tech - 04  Rutgers - 06      
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