NEW YORK, NY (Ticker) -- Daniel Horton scored 14 points and freshman Dion Harris added 13 as Michigan captured the National Invitation Tournament championship with a 62-55 triumph over Rutgers." />
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Rutgers Falls to Michigan in NIT Championship 62-55
  • Posted on April 01, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • NEW YORK, NY (Ticker) -- Daniel Horton scored 14 points and freshman Dion Harris added 13 as Michigan captured the National Invitation Tournament championship with a 62-55 triumph over Rutgers.

    It was the fifth straight victory at Madison Square Garden for Michigan (23-11), which overcame a pro-Rutgers crowd and shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch to claim its third NIT title. The 1997 championship was vacated, however, due to violations involving former booster Ed Martin.

    A layup by freshman Courtney Sims with 4:56 remaining snapped a 48-48 tie and triggered a 9-0 run by the Wolverines. Bernard Robinson Jr., a senior who was Michigan's only regularly contributing upperclassman, capped the burst with a free throw, opening a 57-48 lead with 1:02 to play.

    Robinson missed his second attempt to start a stretch in which the Wolverines went just 3-of-9 from the line to give the Scarlet Knights numerous chances to come back.

    But Rutgers got no closer than 59-55 after a layup by Marquis Webb with 18 seconds left and, after Harris split a pair from the line, Webb missed a driving layup and Horton sank two free throws to cap the scoring.

    Herve Lamizana collected 19 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks for Rutgers (20-13). But freshman Quincy Douby, a Brooklyn native who scored a career-high 35 points against Iowa State in Tuesday's semifinals, was limited to two on 1-of-13 shooting.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    LAMIZANA ENDS CAREER WITH CAREER NIGHT
    Senior forward Herve Lamizana ended his career at Rutgers with a tremendous all-around effort. Lamizana scored 19 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and blocking eight shots, which tied his career high. With the eight blocked shots, he tied Chuck Weiler (1990-94) for third place on the school’s career blocks list with 246. The Michigan game marks the fourth time he has recorded eight blocks in his career and third time this season. He previously achieved the feat against Seton Hall (2/25/03), Northwestern (12/27/03) and Villanova in the quarterfinal game of the NIT on March 24.

    LAMIZANA POSTS NINTH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
    With 19 points and 10 rebounds, Herve Lamizana recorded his ninth career double-double and his seventh of the season tonight.
    Lamizana’s career double-doubles…..
    Date Opponent Points Rebounds
    12/30/02 Prairie View A&M 22 11
    1/29/03 Syracuse 11 14
    12/20/03 Long Island 11 12
    12/27/03 Northwestern 21 15
    1/31/04 Notre Dame 21 10
    2/4/04 Miami 22 12
    2/15/04 Virginia Tech 20 10
    2/17/04 Northern Colorado 15 12
    4/1/04 Michigan 19 10

    LARGEST CROWD TO ATTEND NIT GAME IN 10 YEARS
    Tonight’s attendance of 16, 064 was the largest crowd to attend an NIT Championship game in 10 years. The 1994 Championship game which saw Vanderbilt beat Kansas State, 82-76, was played in front of 14,434 at Madison Square Garden. The 1994 admission was a doubleheader, as Villanova defeated Siena 66-58 in the consolation game. This is the first year the NIT eliminated the third-place game that precedes the Championship game.

    LAMIZANA AND SHIELDS PART OF NIT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
    Senior Herve Lamizana and junior Ricky Shields represented Rutgers on the NIT All-Tournament Team. (Note: All-Tournament Team recognizes Semifinal and Final games only). Shields averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the final two games. Lamizana averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 blocks in the Semifinal and Final game of the NIT.
    Points Rebounds Assists Blocks
    Shields 32 (16.0) 4 (2.0) 6 (3.0) 0 (0.0)
    Lamizana 25 (12.5) 13 (6.5) 2 (1.0) 12 (6.0)
    Totals 57 (28.5) 17 (8.5) 8 (4.0) 12 (6.0)

    NON-CONFERENCE RECORD
    Despite tonight’s loss to Michigan, Rutgers finished the season with a 13-3 non-conference record.

    RUTGERS’ FIRST APRIL APPEARANCE
    Tonight’s game against Michigan in the NIT Championship marked the first time ever Rutgers has played a game in the month of April. The previous latest date a Rutgers season ended was on March 29, 1976 when the Scarlet Knights lost to UCLA in the third place game of the NCAA Tournament.

    RUTGERS’ 33 GAMES TIE FOR SECOND MOST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
    Rutgers finished the season with a 20-13 overall record, tying for the second-most games played in a season by the Scarlet Knights. In the 1989-90 season, RU played a school-record 35 games, finishing 18-17 on the season. In 1975-76, Rutgers also played 33 games, finishing 31-2, making the school’s lone appearance in the NCAA Final Four.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Rutgers vs MICHIGAN
    04/01/04 7:00 at MSG
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    VISITORS: Rutgers 20-13
                              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  9-18   0-2    1-2    2  8 10   4  19  1  3  8  1  38
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  3-5    0-0    0-1    5  4  9   4   6  0  1  0  1  22
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  6-18   3-11   1-2    2  2  4   2  16  1  2  0  2  36
    05 DOUBY, Quincy....... g  1-13   0-3    0-0    0  3  3   5   2  3  3  0  0  37
    11 WEBB, Marquis....... g  1-5    0-3    2-2    0  7  7   4   4  2  1  0  0  30
    04 HILL, Adrian........    2-5    0-0    0-0    2  0  2   2   4  0  1  1  0  16
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    2-3    0-0    0-2    3  0  3   2   4  0  2  0  1  17
    21 JOYNES, Byron.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   4
       TEAM................                         3  1  4
       Totals..............   24-67   3-19   4-9   17 25 42  24  55  7 13  9  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half: 24-67 35.8%   Game: 35.8%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  3-19 15.8%   Game: 15.8%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  4-9  44.4%   Game: 44.4%    1
    
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    HOME TEAM: MICHIGAN 23-11
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    05 DION HARRIS......... f  4-8    2-5    3-4    2  2  4   3  13  5  3  0  0  33
    21 BERNARD ROBINSON.... f  3-10   0-1    3-4    2  3  5   3   9  2  3  0  1  32
    44 COURTNEY SIMMS...... c  3-9    0-0    3-5    2  5  7   1   9  0  2  2  0  26
    02 LESTER ABRAM........ g  1-5    0-3    3-6    0  5  5   3   5  1  1  0  2  19
    04 DANIEL HORTON....... g  4-10   2-6    4-8    0  5  5   2  14  3  3  1  3  36
    23 BRENT PETWAY........    1-6    0-0    0-0    3  1  4   1   2  0  1  1  0   7
    25 GRAHAM BROWN........    3-6    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   2   6  1  1  0  0  26
    31 CHRIS HUNTER........    2-5    0-1    0-0    4  3  7   2   4  1  1  2  0  21
       TEAM................                         5  3  8
       Totals..............   21-59   4-16  16-27  20 30 50  17  62 13 15  6  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half: 21-59 35.6%   Game: 35.6%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  4-16 25.0%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half: 16-27 59.3%   Game: 59.3%    4
    
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    Officials: LARRY ROSE, DUKE EDSALL, BRYAN KERSEY
    Technical fouls: Rutgers-None. MICHIGAN-None.
    Attendance: 16064
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Rutgers.......................   25   30  -   55
    MICHIGAN......................   32   30  -   62
    
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