PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Ricky Shields scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half as Rutgers defeated cold-shooting Delaware State 54-41 Saturday night. " />
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Rutgers Handles Delaware State 54-41
  • Posted on December 28, 2002 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Ricky Shields scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half as Rutgers defeated cold-shooting Delaware State 54-41 Saturday night.

    Rutgers (7-3) won for the fourth time in five games while Delaware State (2-6) lost its second straight.

    Delaware State held Rutgers to its lowest point total of the season, but the Hornets shot just 26.7 percent with 14 turnovers. Rutgers shot 36.5 percent and committed 10 turnovers.

    Holding a 28-19 lead early in the second half, Rutgers went on a 12-2 run to open a 40-21 advantage. Sean Axani had five points in the run and Shields added four. The Hornets got no closer than 13 after that.

    Delaware State's Andre Matthews led all scorers with 17 points while James Bowen added 13. For Rutgers, Kareem Wright had eight points and eight rebounds, and Herve Lamizana had seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

    Jerome Coleman, the Scarlet Knights' leading scorer, was held to two points on 0-for-5 shooting and sat out most of the second half.

    Rutgers emerged with a 19-10 lead after a first half that was an offensive nightmare for both teams. Delaware State shot just 15 percent with six turnovers, while Rutgers was only slightly better at 25.9 percent and six turnovers.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE WIN
    With the 54-41 win against Delaware State, Rutgers is now 7-3 on the season and improves its record to 2-0 against the Hornets all-time. The only other time the two teams met was on December 9, 1997, when RU won 85-60 at the RAC.

    SHIELDS POINTS
    With 14 points versus Delaware State, Ricky Shields now needs just 11 points to reach the 500 point mark for his career. He now has 489 points in his 41 career games, all starts.

    SEASON LOW DEFENSIVE FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE
    RU held Delaware State to a .267 (12-of-45) field-goal percentage, which was a new season low forced by Rutgers this season. The previous low occurred when the Scarlet Knights held Morris Brown to 13-of-44 (.295) shooting on December 23, 2002. The team’s best defensive field goal percentage in the Gary Waters era occurred when RU held Stony Brook to 10-of-49 (.204) shooting on November 28, 2001.

    WRIGHT TIES SEASON-HIGH FOR POINTS AND REBOUNDS
    With eight points and eight rebounds against Delaware State, senior center Kareem Wright tied his season high in both categories. He also recorded eight points and grabbed eight rebounds against Princeton (12/14).

    AXANI TIES SEASON HIGH REBOUND TOTAL
    With six rebounds against Delaware State, junior forward Sean Axani tied his season-high. He also pulled down six rebounds against Morris Brown on Dec. 23.

    CAREER-HIGH POINTS FOR DAVIS
    With eight points against Delaware State, Cortez Davis tied his career-high point total. He also tallied eight points against Fordham on 12-11-02.

    CAREER-HIGH POINTS FOR BAPTISTE
    By scoring four points against Delaware State, junior guard Sloan Baptiste set a career-high for points scored in a game. His previous best was two points, against Pittsburgh on 2-22-01.

    TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
    With just 10 turnovers against Delaware State, Rutgers has now committed 10 or fewer turnovers in three of its last four games (nine vs. Princeton, seven vs. Virginia, 10 vs. Delaware State). In its last four games, Rutgers is averaging just 9.8 turnovers per game (39 total), while forcing an average of 18 turnovers per game (72 total).

    NEW LOW POINTS ALLOWED IN A HALF
    The 10 points scored in the first half by Delaware State tonight are new low for a Rutgers opponent in the Gary Waters era. The previous low was 14 in the first half of the Columbia game played earlier this season in the Pre-Season NIT (11-18-02).

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Delaware State vs Rutgers
    12/28/02 7:30 pm at Louis Brown Athletic Center
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    VISITORS: Delaware State 2-6
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    05 HUNTER, Terrance.... f  0-1    0-1    2-2    1  4  5   1   2  0  1  0  0  22
    23 MATTHEWS, Andre..... f  6-15   2-4    3-3    1  3  4   2  17  1  3  0  1  38
    55 MATTHEWS, Aaron..... c  1-6    0-0    0-0    0  5  5   4   2  1  1  1  1  26
    00 BOWEN, James........ g  3-7    3-5    4-4    2  1  3   4  13  1  1  0  0  29
    12 DAVIS, Miles........ g  0-4    0-4    2-2    0  3  3   2   2  2  2  0  1  35
    03 LESESNE, Tyson......    0-2    0-2    1-2    1  0  1   1   1  1  0  0  0  12
    10 MOORE, Jimmy........    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  1  0  1   5
    20 PARKER, Prince......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  1  0  0   5
    21 GANTT, Marques......    1-6    0-0    0-2    2  4  6   2   2  3  2  1  0  21
    22 HAWKINS, Carlos.....    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   2  0  2  0  0   4
    40 OLIVER, Rasheed.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   3
       TEAM................                            3  3
       Totals..............   12-45   5-17  12-15   8 24 32  22  41  9 14  2  4 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  3-20 15.0%   2nd Half:  9-25 36.0%   Game: 26.7%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-7  14.3%   2nd Half:  4-10 40.0%   Game: 29.4%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  9-11 81.8%   Game: 80.0%    0
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 7-3
                              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  1-6    0-1    2-4    1  6  7   3   4  3  0  2  1  20
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... f  5-9    2-5    2-2    0  0  0   0  14  1  1  0  1  25
    55 WRIGHT, Kareem...... c  4-8    0-0    0-2    3  5  8   3   8  2  2  0  0  21
    03 SHERROD, Mike....... g  1-4    0-0    1-3    2  3  5   2   3  3  1  1  2  25
    11 COLEMAN, Jerome..... g  0-5    0-4    2-4    0  1  1   1   2  1  4  0  1  19
    05 DAVIS, Cortez.......    1-3    0-1    6-6    1  2  3   3   8  0  1  0  0  12
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   1   2  2  0  0  2  19
    21 MCCOY, Jason........    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   3   2  1  0  0  0  12
    23 PIASECKI, Justin....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
    32 AXANI, Sean.........    3-9    0-0    1-1    2  4  6   2   7  1  0  3  1  25
    33 BAPTISTE, Sloan.....    2-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   4  0  0  0  0   2
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    0-2    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  1  1  0  0  18
       TEAM................                         4  1  5
       Totals..............   19-52   2-12  14-22  15 28 43  19  54 15 10  6  8 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-27 25.9%   2nd Half: 12-25 48.0%   Game: 36.5%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-6   0.0%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 16.7%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  5-7  71.4%   2nd Half:  9-15 60.0%   Game: 63.6%    2
    
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    Officials: Fran Connolly, Earl Watson, William Laubenstein
    Technical fouls: Delaware State-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 4859
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Delaware State................   10   31  -   41
    Rutgers.......................   19   35  -   54
    
    Points in the paint-DELSTATE 6,RUTGERS 26. Points off turnovers-DELSTATE 10,RUTGERS 15.
    2nd chance points-DELSTATE 8,RUTGERS 10. Fast break points-DELSTATE 0,RUTGERS 8.
    Bench points-DELSTATE 5,RUTGERS 23. Score tied-0 times. Lead changes-0 times.
    
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