BLACKSBURG, VA - Virginia Tech forward Coleman Collins put back a missed shot by teammate Jamon Gordon as the buzzer sounded to give the Hokies an improbable 71-70 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night in BIG EAST men’s basketball action at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA. " />
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Rutgers Falls to Virginia Tech at Buzzer, 71-70
  • Posted on March 03, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • BLACKSBURG, VA - Virginia Tech forward Coleman Collins put back a missed shot by teammate Jamon Gordon as the buzzer sounded to give the Hokies a 71-70 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night in Blacksburg, VA.

    Rutgers (16-10, 7-8) controlled nearly the entire game, surging out to a 15-point lead over Virginia Tech (13-13, 6-9) at 56-41 with 12:17 remaining in the contest. The Hokies responded, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 29-15 down the stretch, highlighted by a 15-0 run.

    With three minutes left, Gordon hit a layup and was fouled, converting the three-point play to give Virginia Tech a 67-65 advantage, its first lead since 7-4 just three minutes into the contest.

    The Hokies capped the run on a Zabian Dowdell layup with 2:22 remaining to give VT a 69-65 lead, but Rutgers responded, cutting the lead to one on a Ricky Shields (Upper Marlboro, MD) three-pointer.

    Senior Herve Lamizana (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) stepped up huge for the Scarlet Knights, getting to the free throw line and converting both his shots with 23 seconds left to put RU back on top at 70-69. Lamizana then came up with a critical stop on the defensive end, blocking Collins’ shot with 12 seconds remaining. Teammate Juel Wiggan (Bronx, NY) collected the rebound and was immediately fouled with nine ticks left. VT regained possession, however, following Wiggan’s missed free-throw attempt, setting up the dramatic finish.

    Rutgers ended the first half on an 11-3 run to hold a 36-28 advantage at the break.

    Shields led a Rutgers squad that saw four Scarlet Knights score in double figures for the seventh time this season. The guard collected 17 points and nine rebounds on the night. Lamizana scored 14 points for RU, adding seven rebounds and four blocks. Joining the Scarlet Knights in double figures were sophomore forward Adrian Hill (Canton, OH) with 11 points and nine rebounds, and freshman guard Marquis Webb (Paterson, NJ) with 10 points and five rebounds.

    Bryant Matthews, who leads the BIG EAST in scoring at 22.8 points per game, scored a game-high 22 points tonight, including eight during the Hokies’ late 15-0 run.

    The Scarlet Knights converted 23-of-54 (.426) of its field goals in the game, holding a 43-33 rebounding advantage over the Hokies.

    Rutgers will celebrate “Senior Day” on Sunday when the Scarlet Knights host Seton Hall in the regular season finale at noon.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE LOSS
    With tonight’s loss, Rutgers drops to 16-10 overall and 7-8 in the conference heading into Sunday’s season finale against Seton Hall.

    THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT PICTURE COMES INTO FOCUS
    The loss means Rutgers can finish either seventh or eighth in the BIG EAST Conference regular season standings. Should RU lose on Sunday against Seton Hall and Virginia Tech, Villanova and West Virginia each win its final regular season league game, the Scarlet Knights would fall into a tie with each of those schools. Under BIG EAST Tie breaking procedures, Rutgers holds an advantage over each school and would secure the eighth seed in the Tournament. Should the Scarlet Knights finish seventh, they will play the 10th seed in the conference on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the BIG EAST Tournament. Should RU finish in eighth place in the league, it will play in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game on Wednesday at noon.

    FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES FOR SEVENTH TIME THIS SEASON
    For the second-consecutive outing and the seventh time this season, four Scarlet Knights scored in double figures (Ricky Shields 17, Herve Lamizana 14, Adrian Hill 11 and Marquis Webb 10). Rutgers is 5-2 in those games with victories over Lafayette (11/22), Buffalo (11/25), St. John’s (1/17), Villanova (1/21) and West Virginia (2/25).

    RUTGERS OUT-REBOUNDS OPPONENT FOR 15TH TIME THIS SEASON
    The Scarlet Knights out-rebounded Virginia Tech, 43-33, marking the 15th time in 26 games RU has held an advantage over its opponent on the glass. Rutgers is 11-4 in those games.

    SHIELDS MOVES UP ON SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINT CHARTS
    With two three-pointers tonight, Ricky Shields moved into a tie with Geoff Billet (199-98) for fifth-place on the Rutgers single-season three-pointes made list. He needs three more to tie Todd Billet (1999-2000).

    LAMIZANA MOVES TO SIXTH ON SINGLE-SEASON BLOCK LIST
    With four blocks against Virginia Tech, Herve Lamizana moves up four positions to sixth place on the school’s single-season block chart with 75 this season.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Rutgers vs Virginia Tech
    03/03/04 7:00 PM at Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.
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    VISITORS: Rutgers 16-10, 7-8
                              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  5-13   1-2    3-4    2  5  7   4  14  1  3  4  1  35
    11 WEBB, Marquis....... f  3-6    2-3    2-4    2  3  5   1  10  2  4  0  0  32
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  2-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   5   4  0  0  1  0   9
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  5-14   3-10   4-4    0  9  9   1  17  4  0  0  0  38
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........ g  1-4    0-1    3-5    2  2  4   1   5  4  2  0  0  27
    04 HILL, Adrian........    5-7    0-0    1-1    2  7  9   5  11  0  2  0  0  28
    05 DOUBY, Quincy.......    2-6    1-4    4-4    0  4  4   2   9  1  3  0  2  24
    10 MIMMO, Jon..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
    21 JOYNES, Byron.......    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   2   0  0  1  0  0   7
       TEAM................                         1  2  3
       Totals..............   23-54   7-20  17-22  10 33 43  21  70 12 15  5  3 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-24 41.7%   2nd Half: 13-30 43.3%   Game: 42.6%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-11 36.4%   2nd Half:  3-9  33.3%   Game: 35.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half: 12-14 85.7%   2nd Half:  5-8  62.5%   Game: 77.3%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: Virginia Tech 13-13, 6-9
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    22 MATTHEWS, Bryant.... f  9-18   0-2    4-8    2  8 10   3  22  2  1  1  2  32
    25 McCANDIES, Philip... f  3-4    0-0    1-2    2  2  4   4   7  0  0  1  1  12
    01 DOWDELL, Zabian..... g  3-11   1-4    1-2    0  5  5   4   8  5  2  0  1  36
    02 GORDON, Jamon....... g  6-12   3-4    2-2    2  1  3   4  17  5  0  1  2  34
    24 SAILES, Markus...... g  0-1    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   1   1  4  0  1  1  31
    05 RANDALL, Bryan......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   2
    21 CALLOWAY, Allen.....    0-1    0-0    0-3    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  1  0   6
    23 HARRIS, Shawn.......    1-6    0-2    0-0    2  0  2   0   2  0  1  0  0  19
    33 COLLINS, Coleman....    6-10   0-0    2-5    2  2  4   3  14  0  0  2  1  28
       TEAM................                            3  3   1
       Totals..............   28-63   4-12  11-24  10 23 33  21  71 16  5  7  8 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-34 35.3%   2nd Half: 16-29 55.2%   Game: 44.4%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-9  33.3%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  1-4  25.0%   2nd Half: 10-20 50.0%   Game: 45.8%   5,1
    
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    Officials: John Cahill, Donnie Gray, Bernard Clinton
    Technical fouls: Rutgers-None. Virginia Tech-TEAM.
    Attendance: 6598
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Rutgers.......................   36   34  -   70
    Virginia Tech.................   28   43  -   71
    
    Points in the paint-RUTGERS 26,VT 38. Points off turnovers-RUTGERS 4,VT 13.
    2nd chance points-RUTGERS 10,VT 13. Fast break points-RUTGERS 9,VT 16.
    Bench points-RUTGERS 20,VT 16. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-4 times.
    Last FG-RUTGERS 2nd-01:30, VT 2nd-00:00.
    
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