PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Jerome Coleman scored 14 of his 17 points in the final 7:06 to lead Rutgers past Princeton 76-70 Saturday night in the 109th meeting between the two intrastate rivals. " />
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Lamizana, Coleman Lift Rutgers Past Princeton 76-70
  • Posted on December 14, 2002 12:00:00 AM
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  • PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Jerome Coleman scored 14 of his 17 points in the final 7:06 to lead Rutgers past Princeton 76-70 Saturday night in the 109th meeting between the two intrastate rivals.

    Coleman, Rutgers' leading scorer at 21.8 points per game, made a key steal and layup with two minutes left, followed by four free throws in the final minute to help secure Rutgers' fourth consecutive victory against Princeton.

    Herve Lamizana tied a career high with 20 points to lead Rutgers (5-2), and Spencer Gloger led all scorers with 26 points for Princeton (3-3).

    Rutgers led 58-50 with 4:42 remaining on a backdoor layup by Coleman, but Princeton pulled to 58-54 on a jumper by Judson Wallace and a backdoor layup by Gloger.

    Coleman, who was held to 3 points in the first half on 1-for-7 shooting, then made a foul shot and stole the ball on Princeton's ensuing possession and converted a layup to make the score 61-54.

    Coleman's free throws with 40.9 left gave Rutgers a 68-60 lead; after that, Princeton couldn't get closer than five points.

    Rutgers led by four points at halftime and opened a nine-point lead early in the second half. The Scarlet Knights led 47-38 with 11:36 remaining when Ricky Shields sank two free throws from a technical foul on Princeton's Ray Robins.

    But Princeton, which made just one field goal during a 6:51 stretch, rallied and closed the gap to 51-49 with 6:38 left on Gloger's 3-pointer from the top of the key.

    Rutgers, which entered the game shooting 43 per cent from the floor this season, was 15-of-30 in the first half, led by Lamizana, who made five of six shots from the field.

    Princeton was 10-for-26 in the half. The Tigers struggled from 3-point range, making just two of 13 attempts.

    Rutgers twice led by as many as six points in the first half, the second time with 5:12 left on Ricky Shields' jumper. Princeton responded with a 6-0 run to tie the game on a fast-break dunk by Ray Robins, a backdoor layup by Kyle Wente and two free throws by Ed Persia.

    Center Kareem Wright scored on Rutgers' last two possessions to give the Scarlet Knights a 34-30 halftime lead.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    FOUR STRAIGHT OVER THE TIGERS
    With the 76-70 victory, Rutgers has now defeated Princeton in four straight games, and five of the last six meetings. Rutgers continues to chip into Princeton’s overall series lead (the Tigers hold a 71-38 edge in the series, which began in the 1916-17 season).

    SEASON HIGH FROM THE LINE
    Rutgers converted 78.3% (18-of-23) from the free throw line, a season-high for the Scarlet Knights. The previous best for Rutgers this season was 66.7%, against both Columbia (10-15) and Temple (8-12).

    LAMIZANA MATCHES CAREER HIGH
    Junior forward Herve Lamizana scored a team-high 20 points against the Tigers, also matching his career high (set earlier this season at North Carolina).

    LAMIZANA’S EARLY HOT HAND
    Rutgers forward Herve Lamizana found his shooting touch early vs. Princeton, hitting his first four field goals (including one three-pointer) before missing his first field goal attempt with 9:12 left in the first half. Lamizana’s hot start came after hitting a combined 5-19 (4-17 vs. Auburn and 1-2 vs. Fordham) in the Scarlet Knights’ previous two games.

    HALFTIME LEAD
    Rutgers led Princeton 34-30 at halftime. The Scarlet Knights have not trailed at the half in any of their seven games this season, and have led after the initial stanza in six of seven games (38-38 tie at Auburn).

    SEASON HIGHS (POINTS-REBOUNDS) FOR WRIGHT
    Senior post man Kareem Wright scored a season-high eight points vs. Princeton. Wright hit on 4-of-7 from the field. His previous high this season was six points on two occasions, vs. North Carolina and Marshall. Wright also grabbed eight rebounds vs. the Tigers, eclipsing his previous season high of six rebounds vs. Marshall. Wright’s career highs are 20 and 13 rebounds vs. Syracuse, on Jan. 27, 2001.

    BLOCK PARTY
    For the third time this season, forward Herve Lamizana registered four or more blocks in a game with five vs. Princeton. The 6-10 junior has blocked at least two shots in every game this season, and had a season high seven vs. Marshall. In the last four games, Lamizana is averaging 5.3 blocks per game.

    JUEL’S A JEWEL
    Sophomore guard Juel Wiggan came off the bench to score a season-high eight points, hitting 3-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line. Wiggan also played 19 minutes, also a season high.

    50 % OR BETTER
    Rutgers extended its streak of shooting 50% or better from the field to four straight halves by hitting an even 15-of-30 from the floor in the first half vs. Princeton, and then hitting 11-of-21 (52.4%) vs. the Tigers in the second half. Rutgers hit on 50% (19-of-38) in the first half of its last outing vs. Fordham, and then hit 54.5% (12-of-22) vs. the Rams in the second half.

    SEASON LOW TURNOVERS
    Rutgers committed just nine turnovers vs. Princeton, a season low. The previous low was 10 vs. Auburn.

    Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS
    Rutgers University vs Princeton University
    12/14/02 7:30 p.m. at Princeton, N.J. (Jadwin Gym)
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    VISITORS: Rutgers University 5-2
    
                              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..... *  7-9    2-2    4-5    2  5  7   4  20  2  2  5  1  28
    02 Shields, Ricky...... *  3-8    1-5    7-8    0  2  2   2  14  1  1  0  0  30
    03 Sherrod, Mike....... *  4-5    1-1    0-0    0  2  2   3   9  4  0  0  3  32
    11 Coleman, Jerome..... *  5-14   2-6    5-6    0  1  1   2  17  1  2  0  1  29
    55 Wright, Kareem...... *  4-7    0-0    0-2    2  6  8   3   8  0  0  0  1  24
    04 Hill, Adrian........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
    05 Davis, Cortez.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   3
    13 Wiggan, Juel........    3-5    0-0    2-2    0  1  1   2   8  0  2  0  0  19
    21 McCoy, Jason........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  1  0  0   5
    32 Axani, Sean.........    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   2   0  0  1  0  0  20
    44 Wooten, Calvin......    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   8
       TEAM................                            3  3
       Totals..............   26-51   6-16  18-23   4 25 29  19  76  8  9  5  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-30 50.0%   2nd Half: 11-21 52.4%   Game: 51.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 37.5%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  1-1  100 %   2nd Half: 17-22 77.3%   Game: 78.3%    1
    
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    HOME TEAM: Princeton University 3-3
    
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    03 Wente, Kyle......... *  3-7    1-4    0-0    2  3  5   2   7  6  1  0  0  34
    04 Gloger, Spencer..... * 10-16   4-9    2-4    3  5  8   0  26  0  1  0  0  40
    22 Venable, Will....... *  2-6    0-2   10-10   2  3  5   4  14  3  2  0  0  34
    30 Wallace, Judson..... *  5-14   3-7    2-4    4  8 12   4  15  2  2  0  0  36
    31 Robins, Ray......... *  1-5    0-1    2-2    1  1  2   3   4  2  1  0  2  16
    10 Persia, Ed..........    1-6    0-5    2-2    0  2  2   4   4  2  3  0  0  36
    33 Stephens, Mike......    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  1  0  0  0   4
       TEAM................                            2  2
       Totals..............   22-56   8-30  18-22  12 25 37  17  70 16 10  0  2 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-26 38.5%   2nd Half: 12-30 40.0%   Game: 39.3%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-13 15.4%   2nd Half:  6-17 35.3%   Game: 26.7%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  8-8  100 %   2nd Half: 10-14 71.4%   Game: 81.8%    1
    
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    Technical fouls: Rutgers University-None. Princeton University-Robins, Ray.
    Attendance: 5117
    
    
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Rutgers University............   34   42  -   76
    Princeton University..........   30   40  -   70
    
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