PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ricky Shields tied a career high with 24 points and Rutgers used a late first-half surge to take control en route to a 74-53 victory over West Virginia Wednesday night." />
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Shields Lifts Rutgers Past West Virginia, 74-53
  • Posted on February 25, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Junior guard Ricky Shields tied a career high with 24 points and Rutgers used a late first-half surge to take control en route to a 74-53 victory over West Virginia Wednesday night.

    In bouncing back from Sunday's loss at Boston College, Rutgers (16-9, 7-7) moved ahead of WVU into a seventh-place tie in the Big East.

    The Scarlet Knights, who are off until Wednesday at Virginia Tech , improved to 13-1 at home on the season and are 38-9 at home in three seasons under head coach Gary Waters.

    The Scarlet Knights moved the ball crisply on offense all game long as Rutgers had 20 assists on 27 made baskets. Defensively, Rutgers was alert and active all evening and owned a 30-24 edge in the rebounding department. In addition, the Scarlet Knights shot 15-of-17 (88.2%) from the free throw line.

    Sophomore center Adrian Hill added 11 points for the Scarlet Knights, who shot 52.9 percent, while senior forward Herve Lamizana had 10 points, five assists, six rebounds and two blocks. Freshman guard Quincy Douby had 10 points and six assists while junior guard Juel Wiggan tossed in eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

    Patrick Beilein led WVU with 16 points while D'or Fischer had 14 points.

    Trailing 14-9, the Scarlet Knights outscored West Virginia 25-7 over the final 10:12 of the first half. The Mountaineers shot 3-for-17 during that span after making six of their first 11 shots.

    Shields scored 10 points in a 15-2 run that gave Rutgers a 24-16 advantage. Four of his points came in transition off Lamizana blocks and two came off his own steal and layup.

    West Virginia closed to within 24-21 before Rutgers scored eight straight over the final 4:25 to open a 13-point halftime lead. The Knights shot 50 percent in the opening stanza while WVU hit just 32.1 percent.

    The Knights continued to build on their lead after intermission, opening their largest advantage at 62-36. At one point, West Virginia made five of six shots but could get no closer than 51-36.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE WIN
    Tonight’s 74-53 win over West Virginia improves Rutgers to 16-9 overall and 7-7 in the BIG EAST. The Scarlet Knights also improve to 13-1 (.928) at home and have won the last three games at the Louis Brown Athletic Center by an average of 34.6 points. In the Gary Waters era, Rutgers is 38-9 (.808) at the RAC.

    SHIELDS MOVES UP CAREER CHARTS
    Junior guard Ricky Shields continued to move up in the Rutgers career record books. He passed Gene Armstead (1970-73) and Damon Santiago (1991-1996) for 29th place on the career scoring list, and now has 1,069 career points. Shields in 26 points shy of catching Steve Worthy (1991-93) with 1,095 points.

    Shields also climbed up the single season three-point shooting charts. He now has 71 threes on the season, which is the seventh highest in single-season history. Shields is one three-pointer shy of catching Jerome Colman and Donnell Lumpkin. His 174 career three-point field goals made is the fourth highest in school history.

    GETTING DEFENSIVE
    Over the last three games at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, Rutgers has held its opponents to an average of 19.6 first-half points, giving up just 19 to Virginia Tech and Northern Colorado and 21 to West Virginia.
    Opponent Date 1st Half point total 1st half shooting %
    Virginia Tech 2/15 19 28.6
    No. Colorado 2/17 19 25.0
    West Virginia 2/25 21 32.1

    FINISHING STRONG
    Over the final 4:41 of the first half, Rutgers outscored West Virginia 10-0 to take a 34-21 halftime lead. During the run, the Scarlet Knights forced three WVU turnovers as the Mountaineers shot 0-of-4 from the floor.

    SHIELDS HAS CAREER NIGHT
    Ricky Shields tied a career-high with 24 points tonight, marking the fifth time this season he had scored over 20 points. Rutgers is 4-1 in those contests.
    Opponent Date Points Result
    Buffalo 11/25 22 W, 78-53
    Northwestern 12/27 24 W, 80-75
    Syracuse 2/10 20 L, 63-61
    Northern Colorado 2/17 21 W, 102-52
    West Virginia 2/25 24 W, 74-53

    DOUBY CAREER HIGH IN ASSISTS
    Freshman guard Quincy Douby dished out a career-high six assists vs. West Virginia, in addition to scoring 10 points.

    SHARING THE ROCK
    A well-balanced Rutgers offense dished out 20 assists, marking the second highest total of the season (25, vs. Northern Colorado 2/17). In BIG EAST games, the Scarlet Knights are averaging 11.8 assists per contest.

    LIGHTS-OUT
    Over the past two BIG EAST home games (Virginia Tech 2/17 and West Virginia 2/25), the Scarlet Knights have been red-hot from the floor.
    Opponent 1st half shooting 2nd half shooting Game total
    Virginia Tech 18-30 (.600) 10-22 (.455) 28-52 (.538)
    W. Virginia 13-26 (.500) 14-25 (.560) 27-51 (.529)
    TOTAL 31-56 (.553) 24-47 (.510) 55-103 (.534)

    FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES
    For the sixth time this season, four Scarlet Knights scored in double figures (Shields 24, Hill 11, Douby 10, Lamizana 10). Rutgers is 5-1 when four players have scored at least 10 points.
    11/22 Lafayette W, 71-65
    11/25 Buffalo W, 78-53
    1/3 Georgetown L, 63-57
    1/17 St. John’s W, 78-70
    1/21 Villanova W, 71-68
    2/25 West Virginia W, 74-53

    RU FROM THE LINE
    Tonight’s 15-of-17 (.882) performance from the free-throw line is a season high for the Scarlet Knights. It was the ninth time RU has shot .800 or better from the charity stripe.
    Virginia Tech (18-of-22) .818
    Notre Dame (21-of-25) .840
    Monmouth (25-of-31) .806
    UTEP (13-of-15) .867
    Northwestern (24-of-30) .800
    Princeton (11-of-13) .846
    Penn State (14-of-17) .824
    Temple (13-of-15) .867
    West Virginia (15-of-17) .882

    OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
    West Virginia vs Rutgers                                                        
    02/25/04 6:30 p.m. at Louis Brown Athl. Center; Piscataway, NJ                  
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    VISITORS: West Virginia 14-10, 6-7                                              
                              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
    04 SALLY, Tyrone        f  4-9    0-1    0-0    3  3  6   2   8   3  5  0  1  33
    34 PITTSNOGLE, Kevin    f  4-12   1-5    0-0    1  2  3   3   9   2  2  1  0  27
    40 FISCHER, D'or        c  6-7    0-0    2-2    1  2  3   4  14   1  3  0  0  25
    01 COLLINS, J.D.        g  0-3    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  1  0  0  20
    05 HERBER, Joe          g  2-5    0-1    0-0    1  5  6   2   4   4  2  0  2  34
    03 BEILEIN, Patrick        6-9    4-4    0-0    0  1  1   3  16   4  1  0  1  26
    10 RELPH, Tyler            1-6    0-3    0-0    0  0  0   2   2   1  1  0  0  22
    11 PRICE, Duriel           0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    12 YOUNG, Frank            0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   1  0  0  0   3
    21 YOUNG, Jerrah           0-0    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0   1  1  1  0   8
    32 CURRAN, Jonathan        0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    TEAM ........................................   1  1  2                         
    TOTALS                    23-53   5-17   2-2    8 16 24  16  53  17 16  2  4 200
                                                                                    
    TOT-FG 1stH:  9-28 32.1%  2ndH: 14-25 56.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 43.4% Deadbl
    3pt-FG 1stH:  1-6  16.7%  2ndH:  4-11 36.4%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 29.4%  Rebs 
    FThrow 1stH:  2-2  100.%  2ndH:  0-0  00.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 100.%   0   
                                                                                    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 16-9, 7-7                                                    
                              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
    01 LAMIZANA, Herve      f  3-9    0-3    4-4    2  4  6   3  10   5  3  2  1  35
    32 AXANI, Sean          f  4-5    0-0    1-1    1  3  4   2   9   1  0  0  2  22
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky       g 10-18   3-8    1-2    1  2  3   1  24   2  1  0  1  32
    11 WEBB, Marquis        g  0-1    0-1    2-3    0  2  2   0   2   1  2  0  1  28
    13 WIGGAN, Juel         g  2-4    0-0    4-4    0  6  6   0   8   5  2  0  1  31
    04 HILL, Adrian            4-5    0-0    3-3    2  2  4   0  11   0  2  1  0  21
    05 DOUBY, Quincy           4-7    2-5    0-0    0  1  1   3  10   6  2  1  0  27
    10 MIMMO, Jon              0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0+
    21 JOYNES, Byron           0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    23 PIASECKI, Justin        0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    30 HAZARD, Eric            0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  0   1
    33 KEATING, Shayle         0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0   0  0  0  1   1
    TEAM ........................................   2  0  2                         
    TOTALS                    27-51   5-17  15-17   8 22 30   9  74  20 12  4  7 200
                                                                                    
    TOT-FG 1stH: 13-26 50.0%  2ndH: 14-25 56.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 52.9% Deadbl
    3pt-FG 1stH:  2-8  25.0%  2ndH:  3-9  33.3%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 29.4%  Rebs 
    FThrow 1stH:  6-7  85.7%  2ndH:  9-10 90.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 88.2%   2   
                                                                                    
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    OFFICIALS:   John Clougherty, Ted Hillary, Donnee Gray                          
    TECHNICAL FOULS:                                                                
    West Virginia                 -  none                                           
    Rutgers                       -  none                                           
    ATTENDANCE:  6,024                                                              
    SCORE BY PERIODS:                  1st  2nd  OT1  OT2  OT3  OT4   TOTAL         
    West Virginia                       21   32                          53         
    Rutgers                             34   40                          74         
                                                                                    
    PTS IN THE PAINT:  West Virginia - 30  Rutgers - 36                             
    PTS OFF TURNOVERS: West Virginia - 18  Rutgers - 17                             
    2ND CHANCE POINTS: West Virginia - 08  Rutgers - 10                             
    FAST BREAK POINTS: West Virginia - 04  Rutgers - 08                             
    
    
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