PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Drew Schifino scored 24 points and, despite scoring just two baskets in the final 12:10, West Virginia took a 52-46 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. " />
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Rutgers Falls to West Virginia 52-46
  • Posted on February 15, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Drew Schifino scored 24 points and, despite scoring just two baskets in the final 12:10, West Virginia took a 52-46 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

    West Virginia (13-9, 4-6) moved ahead of Rutgers (11-11, 3-7) into fifth place in the Big East's West Division and by beating the Scarlet Knights for the second time this year earned the tiebreaker if the two teams are tied at season's end.

    The Mountaineers, who trailed by 10 early in the game, opened their largest lead at 36-26. Schifino's 3-pointer made it 39-32 with 12:10 remaining and WVU spent the remainder of the game holding off Rutgers.

    The Scarlet Knights, who hurt themselves by going 7-for-16 from the foul line, got within 43-42 on Ricky Shields 3-pointer with 4:24 remaining.

    Joe Herber then fed Chaz Briggs for a dunk and Herber hit a jumper to make it 47-42. After Jerome Coleman's jumper cut it to 47-44, Rutgers began to foul.

    Patrick Beilein went 4-for-4 from the line in the final 29.8 seconds and Kevin Pittsnogle added a final free throw to ice it.

    Coleman, who played most of the game in foul trouble and eventually fouled out, had 16 for Rutgers and Herve Lamizana added 11.

    Rutgers shot just 32.1 percent from the field and 5-for-20 from 3-point range. WVU shot 36.4 percent and committed 12 turnovers, but made 14 of 19 from the foul line.

    The Knights had their lowest point total since a 46-44 win over Princeton in December 2000. It was only the second time in 124 games they have been held under 50 points.

    Rutgers scored the game's first 10 points and held a 15-5 lead before going cold. The Knights went scoreless for 5:36 as WVU cut it to 15-14.

    Coleman's 3-pointer stopped the drought, but WVU finished with an 11-5 run for a 25-23 halftime lead. Both teams shot under 40 percent in the half and WVU had seven turnovers.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE LOSS
    With the 52-46 loss to West Virginia, Rutgers falls to 11-11 on the year and 3-7 in the BIG EAST Conference and it snaps the Scarlet Knights’ three game home winning streak.

    WEST VIRGINIA 6TH SELLOUT OF SEASON
    With an attendance of 8,021 vs. West Virginia, the Scarlet Knights record the 6th sellout of the season, the 9th of the Gary Waters era and the 43rd in the history of the RAC. The sellout is the fourth in the last five games for the Scarlet Knights and the 8,021 is tied for the highest attendance of the season (Virginia, 12/21/02).

    RUTGERS DEFENSE
    The Scarlet Knights held West Virginia scoreless for the first 5:25 of the game, the longest amount of time to hold an opponent scoreless to open a game in the Gary Waters era, eclipsing the previous long of 4:41 to open the game vs. Syracuse (1/29/03). During the 5:25, West Virginia had two turnovers and was 0-4 from the field, while the Scarlet Knights opened the game going 4-9 from the field, scoring 10 points. For the game, Rutgers held West Virginia to 36.4% (16-44) from the field and forced 12 turnovers.

    RUTGERS SECOND LOWEST TURNOVER TOTAL Turning the ball over just eight times vs. West Virginia ties the lowest turnover total of the season, also accomplished vs. Virginia (12/21/02). It is the second consecutive game and fifth time this season Rutgers has committed single digit turnovers, the previous times coming vs. Virgina, eight vs. Georgetown (2/11/03), and nine vs. both Notre Dame (1/14/03) and Princeton (12/14/02).

    COLEMAN SECURES 5TH PLACE ON ALL-TIME THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE LIST
    Knocking down three three-point field goals vs. West Virginia, Jerome Coleman moves into 5th place on Rutgers’ all-time three point field goals made list with 160 for his career, eclipsing Todd Billet’s (1999-01) 158. Next on the list in 4th place is Rick Dadika (1985-90) with 163.

    AXANI IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
    Tallying six points and seven rebounds vs. West Virginia, Sean Axani is averaging 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over his last two contests, besting his season averages of 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. During the last two games Axani has shot 58.3% (7-12) from the field, rejected six shots and dished out two assists.

    LAMIZANA MOVING UP IN BLOCKS
    With his one blocked shot vs. West Virginia, Herve Lamizana moved into a 10th place tie with James Bailey (1977-1978) on the single season blocks list with 66. Sitting in 9th place is Chuck Weiler, who rejected 71 shots in 1993-94.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    West Virginia vs Rutgers
    02/15/03 4:00 pm at Louis Brown Athletic Center
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    VISITORS: West Virginia 13-9, 4-6
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    04 SALLY, Tyrone....... f  0-4    0-2    2-2    1  4  5   3   2  0  2  1  0  34
    15 Schifino, Drew...... f  7-19   4-7    6-7    0  1  1   2  24  0  3  0  1  40
    34 Pittsnogle, Kevin... c  2-3    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   4   5  1  1  1  0  22
    05 DURISSEAU-COLLINS, J g  0-2    0-2    0-2    0  2  2   1   0  0  0  0  0  28
    24 Herber, Johannes.... g  3-9    0-3    1-2    0  6  6   0   7  8  2  0  1  39
    02 BRIGGS, Chaz........    3-3    0-0    1-2    4  7 11   2   7  1  3  1  0  24
    03 BEILEIN, Patrick....    1-4    1-3    4-4    0  3  3   1   7  1  0  0  0  12
    22 Yeager, Josh........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
       TEAM................                         2  4  6
       Totals..............   16-44   6-19  14-19   7 29 36  13  52 11 12  3  2 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-25 36.0%   2nd Half:  7-19 36.8%   Game: 36.4%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-12 33.3%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 31.6%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half: 11-15 73.3%   Game: 73.7%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 11-11, 3-7
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 LAMIZANA, Herve..... f  4-11   0-1    3-6    2  4  6   1  11  1  2  1  2  31
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... f  1-6    1-4    0-0    0  1  1   1   3  2  2  0  1  26
    32 AXANI, Sean......... c  3-4    0-0    0-2    3  4  7   4   6  1  1  1  0  26
    03 SHERROD, Mike....... g  0-4    0-1    0-0    1  3  4   1   0  1  0  0  0  27
    11 COLEMAN, Jerome..... g  5-14   3-10   3-4    0  3  3   5  16  3  1  0  0  27
    04 HILL, Adrian........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    1-4    0-1    0-0    2  1  3   4   2  2  2  0  1  18
    21 McCOY, Jason........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   1
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    3-8    1-3    0-0    0  4  4   1   7  2  0  0  1  24
    55 WRIGHT, Kareem......    0-2    0-0    1-4    1  3  4   0   1  0  0  1  0  17
       TEAM................                         1  1  2
       Totals..............   17-53   5-20   7-16  10 24 34  18  46 12  8  3  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-29 31.0%   2nd Half:  8-24 33.3%   Game: 32.1%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-7  28.6%   2nd Half:  3-13 23.1%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half:  4-10 40.0%   Game: 43.8%    6
    
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    Officials: Will Bush, Donnee Gray, Bill Laubenstein
    Technical fouls: West Virginia-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 8021
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    West Virginia.................   25   27  -   52
    Rutgers.......................   23   23  -   46
    6th sellout of the season
    
    Points in the paint-WVU 12,RUTGERS 20. Points off turnovers-WVU 11,RUTGERS 15.
    2nd chance points-WVU 9,RUTGERS 5. Fast break points-WVU 0,RUTGERS 4.
    Bench points-WVU 14,RUTGERS 10. Score tied-1 time. Lead changes-1 time.
    
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