PISCATAWAY, N.J.(AP) -- Herve Lamizana had a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds and Rutgers held off a strong challenge from Prairie View to win 66-57 Monday night. " />
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Lamizana Leads Rutgers Past Prairie View A&M, 66-57
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J.(AP) -- Herve Lamizana had a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds and Rutgers held off a strong challenge from Prairie View to win 66-57 Monday night.

    Prairie View (1-7), which lost its seventh straight game, gave Rutgers all it could handle before the Scarlet Knights (8-3) prevailed. Rutgers has won five of its last six games.

    Jerome Coleman scored 23 points for Rutgers despite shooting 8-for-25 from the floor. Coleman had two key baskets in the final three minutes after Prairie View had cut an 11-point lead to five with 2:29 left.

    With Rutgers leading 62-55, Coleman scored on a fastbreak, then sank a short jumper with 1:32 left. Teammate Ricky Shields made two free throws with 1:10 remaining to seal the victory.

    Malachi Thurston had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Prairie View.

    Stymied by Prairie View's 2-3 zone defense for much of the first half, Rutgers turned up its defensive intensity early in the second half and held the Panthers without a field goal for seven minutes.

    After Prairie View took a 36-31 lead early in the second half, Mike Sherrod scored eight of the first 13 points in a 21-7 run and helped Rutgers retake the lead.

    The junior guard's fastbreak dunk with 14:10 left got Rutgers within a point at 40-39, and his foul-line jumper 34 seconds later gave the Scarlet Knights their first lead since 4:27 remained in the first half.

    Coleman sank two 3-pointers and fed Lamizana for an alley-oop dunk on a fastbreak that pushed the lead to 52-43 with 9:19 remaining.

    Rutgers took its biggest lead of the half at 16-5 with 13:59 remaining, before Prairie View went on a 26-5 run over the next 12:31. The burst included eight points by Thurston, the Panthers' leading scorer at 16 points per game who had been held scoreless for the first 13 minutes.

    A layup by Thurston with 3:14 left in the half gave Prairie View a 21-19 lead, and he followed with two putbacks sandwiched around a jumper by Gregory Burks that gave the Panthers a 31-24 advantage with 1:28 left.

    Lamizana rebounded consecutive misses on Rutgers' next two possessions to cut the margin to 31-28 at halftime.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE WIN
    With the win, Rutgers improves to 8-3 on the season. The game marked Rutgers first ever meeting with the Panthers and the first game against a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

    LAMIZANA NOTCHES CAREER HIGH 22 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS
    Herve Lamizana scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds versus Prairie View. It was also:
    • His first career double-double
    • The first double-double by a Rutgers player this season
    • A team high for the season in rebounds
    • The third time he has recorded at least 20 points in a game this season. He also had 20 points against North Carolina (11/20) and Princeton (12/14)
    • Tied a career-high for points in a half with 15 in the opening stanza. He also tallied 15 points in the second half against North Carolina on November 20
    • A career-high for field-goals made in a game, with nine versus Prairie View

    LAMIZANA AND COLEMAN COMBINE FOR 45 POINTS
    The 23 points scored by Jerome Coleman and the 22 points scored by Herve Lamizana marks the third time in the Gary Waters era that two players scored at least 20 points in the same game. Earlier this season Ricky Shields and Lamizana each scored 20 points against North Carolina (11/20). Last season, Coleman and Shields accomplished the feat against Syracuse (2/2/02), with Coleman notching 27 and Shields adding 24.

    TOUGH DEFENSE
    For the seventh time in 11 games this season, Rutgers forced at least 20 turnovers as Prairie View committed 25 in the contest. In its last five games, Rutgers has forced its opponents into almost twice the amount of turnovers it has committed (19.4 to 10.2).

    COLEMAN SETS CAREER HIGH IN STEALS
    With six steals against Prairie View, Jerome Coleman broke his career high for steals in a game. His previous high was five steals in two other contests during his career. His six steals were a team high for the season.

    CAREER HIGH MINUTES FOR LAMIZANA AND COLEMAN
    Herve Lamizana’s 39 minutes and Jerome Coleman’s 37 minutes played against Prairie View were both career highs. Lamizana’s broke his previous best of 35 minutes (vs. North Carolina, 11/20). Coleman had previously played 36 minutes in two games during his Rutgers career.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Prairie View A&M vs Rutgers
    12/30/02 7:30 pm at Louis Brown Athletic Center
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    VISITORS: Prairie View A&M 1-7
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 THURSTON, Malachi... f  7-14   1-5    2-3    4 10 14   3  17  1  5  0  2  40
    30 GARWOOD, Chris...... f  0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  0  0  0   6
    03 BURKS, Gregory...... g  3-11   0-2    2-4    0  1  1   2   8  4  4  0  0  32
    11 COOPER, Kevin....... g  1-3    0-2    0-0    0  5  5   1   2  3  1  0  0  26
    20 CAMPBELL, Blannon... g  3-4    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   3   6  3  6  0  0  19
    21 FLORA, Derek........    2-5    0-1    0-1    0  7  7   4   4  0  3  0  0  24
    23 MOORER, Brandon.....    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  0  3  0  0  18
    25 MILES, Jamar........    3-6    2-3    0-0    1  1  2   1   8  0  0  0  0  16
    33 HARPER, Dashon......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  2  0  0   3
    34 RILEY, Roderick.....    2-4    0-0    6-6    1  6  7   3  10  0  1  0  0  16
       TEAM................                         1  2  3
       Totals..............   22-50   3-13  10-14   7 35 42  21  57 11 25  0  2 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-27 51.9%   2nd Half:  8-23 34.8%   Game: 44.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half:  1-7  14.3%   Game: 23.1%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half:  9-12 75.0%   Game: 71.4%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 8-3
                              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  9-14   1-1    3-4    5  6 11   3  22  2  3  4  0  39
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... f  2-10   2-6    2-2    1  4  5   0   8  4  2  0  1  34
    55 WRIGHT, Kareem...... c  0-2    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   2   0  1  1  1  1  21
    03 SHERROD, Mike....... g  3-7    0-2    2-3    1  0  1   3   8  3  2  0  3  31
    11 COLEMAN, Jerome..... g  8-25   4-14   3-4    0  4  4   1  23  2  2  0  6  37
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    0-3    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   4   0  0  1  2  0  12
    21 MCCOY, Jason........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
    32 AXANI, Sean.........    1-3    0-0    3-4    0  1  1   2   5  2  1  0  1  15
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    0-2    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  1  0  0  0   9
       TEAM................                         2  3  5
       Totals..............   23-66   7-24  13-17  11 22 33  16  66 15 12  7 12 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-36 33.3%   2nd Half: 11-30 36.7%   Game: 34.8%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-15 20.0%   2nd Half:  4-9  44.4%   Game: 29.2%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half: 12-15 80.0%   Game: 76.5%   1,1
    
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    Officials: Jim Luchansky, Bob Adams, Michael Stephens
    Technical fouls: Prairie View A&M-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 4847
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Prairie View A&M..............   31   26  -   57
    Rutgers.......................   28   38  -   66
    HERVE LAMIZANA - First Career Double Double (22 pts, 11 rebs)
    
    Points in the paint-PRAIRIE 26,RUTGERS 32. Points off turnovers-PRAIRIE 11,RUTGERS 21.
    2nd chance points-PRAIRIE 8,RUTGERS 13. Fast break points-PRAIRIE 6,RUTGERS 12.
    Bench points-PRAIRIE 24,RUTGERS 5. Score tied-1 time. Lead changes-5 times.
    
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