SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 30 points as the 12th-ranked Orangemen rallied from a 12-point deficit to clinch the West division's top seed in the upcoming Big East Conference tournament with an 83-74 victory over Rutgers." />
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#12 Syracuse Rallies Past Rutgers 83-74
  • Posted on March 09, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • SYRACUSE, NY - Despite a 20-point outing from senior center Kareem Wright, 12th-ranked Syracuse rallied from a 12-point deficit to clinch the West division's top seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Conference tournament with an 83-74 victory over Rutgers.

    Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 30 points. Anthony is considered a top-five pick in the NBA draft, which he is likely to enter. If that turns out to be the case, his final game at the Carrier Dome was a memorable one. He matched a career high with six assists, grabbed 14 rebounds and made all 10 foul shots.

    Syracuse (23-4, 13-3 Big East West) finished tied with Pittsburgh, but earned the top seed in the conference tournament based on a better division record.

    The Orangemen completed an undefeated season at home (16-0), something they had never done at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse also posted the 1,600th victory in school history, eighth on the NCAA's all-time list.

    But the Orangemen got a tougher than expected fight from the Scarlet Knights (12-16, 4-12), who had nothing to play for as they already were eliminated from the Big East tournament.

    Rutgers led, 54-42, with 13 minutes remaining, but Syracuse's firepower was too much down the stretch. Kueth Duany and freshman Gerry McNamara hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 79-69 with 1:44 remaining.

    Wright scored 20 points, including 12 of 13 free throws for the Scarlet Knights, who were trying for a season sweep of the Orangemen. Rutgers beat Syracuse, 68-65, at home on January 29.

    POST-GAME NOTES

    WRIGHT MATCHES CAREER HIGH
    Senior center Kareem Wright matched his career high with 20 points. The 6-9, 270-pound Wright was 4-for-9 from the field and 12-of-13 from the foul line. It marked the second time in his career that Wright scored 20 vs. Syracuse. On Jan. 7, 2001, Wright scored also scored 20 vs. the Orangemen.

    SHIELDS FIRST CAREER ‘DOUBLE’-DOUBLE’
    Sophomore swingman Ricky Shields registered the first ‘double-double’ of his career vs. Syracuse, scoring 18 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds.

    RUTGERS PLAYS IN FRONT OF LARGEST ON-CAMPUS CROWD IN NCAA HISTORY
    The 33,071 fans that attended the Syracuse-Rutgers game at the Carrier Dome was the largest on-campus crowd in NCAA basketball history.

    AXANI SCORED 12
    Junior forward Sean Axani registered a BIG EAST career-high with 12 points vs. Syracuse on 6-for-11 shooting and added five rebounds and two blocks. The six field goals made tied his career high.

    COLEMAN’S NUMBERS
    With 10 points vs. Syracuse, senior guard Jerome Coleman ended his productive two-year career with 971 points, good for 35th on the Rutgers all-time scoring list.
    He also finished his career:
    3rdin career three-pointers attempted with 531
    4th in career three-pointers made with 171
    Tied for 15th in career steals with 111

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Rutgers vs Syracuse
    3/9/03 2:00 p.m. at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
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    VISITORS: Rutgers 12-16 (4-12)
                              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  3-7    1-2    5-6    2  3  5   4  12  2  4  1  3  31
    32 AXANI, Sean......... f  6-11   0-0    0-1    2  3  5   5  12  0  2  2  1  31
    55 WRIGHT, Kareem...... c  4-9    0-0   12-13   7  1  8   2  20  2  1  2  0  28
    02 SHIELDS, Ricky...... g  4-12   2-7    8-8    0 10 10   0  18  5  3  0  0  37
    11 COLEMAN, Jerome..... g  4-16   2-6    0-1    3  3  6   1  10  3  3  0  2  35
    03 SHERROD, Mike.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  1  0  0   4
    04 HILL, Adrian........    1-5    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   3   2  1  1  2  0  13
    13 WIGGAN, Juel........    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   3   0  0  3  0  0  13
    44 WOOTEN, Calvin......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  4  0  0   8
       TEAM................                         4  2  6
       Totals..............   22-63   5-16  25-29  21 28 49  19  74 13 22  7  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-32 37.5%   2nd Half: 10-31 32.3%   Game: 34.9%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-7  42.9%   2nd Half:  2-9  22.2%   Game: 31.3%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half: 11-13 84.6%   2nd Half: 14-16 87.5%   Game: 86.2%    0
    
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    HOME TEAM: Syracuse 23-4 (13-3)
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    01 WARRICK, Hakim...... f  4-8    0-0    3-5    2  2  4   5  11  0  0  0  0  21
    15 ANTHONY, Carmelo.... f 10-23   0-5   10-10   3 11 14   2  30  6  0  1  3  38
    51 FORTH, Craig........ c  1-1    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   2   2  0  0  0  0  10
    03 McNAMARA, Gerry..... g  3-9    2-7    3-3    0  1  1   1  11  7  4  0  5  36
    13 DUANY, Kueth........ g  6-15   2-6    1-2    3  1  4   2  15  2  0  0  1  33
    05 PACE, Josh..........    5-10   0-0    0-0    2  4  6   3  10  2  2  0  1  21
    14 EDELIN, Billy.......    0-3    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   1   0  1  3  0  1  17
    34 McNEIL, Jeremy......    2-3    0-0    0-1    2  2  4   4   4  1  2  5  0  24
       TEAM................
       Totals..............   31-72   4-18  17-21  14 24 38  20  83 19 11  6 11 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-37 35.1%   2nd Half: 18-35 51.4%   Game: 43.1%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-11 18.2%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 22.2%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  8-10 80.0%   2nd Half:  9-11 81.8%   Game: 81.0%    3
    
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    Officials: Ed Corbett, Jim Burr, William Bush
    Technical fouls: Rutgers-None. Syracuse-ANTHONY, Carmelo.
    Attendance: 33071
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Rutgers.......................   38   36  -   74
    Syracuse......................   36   47  -   83
    NCAA On-Campus Attendance Record.
    
    Points in the paint-RUTGERS 30,SYRACUSE 50. Points off turnovers-RUTGERS 13,SYRACUSE 23.
    2nd chance points-RUTGERS 18,SYRACUSE 12. Fast break points-RUTGERS 4,SYRACUSE 6.
    Bench points-RUTGERS 2,SYRACUSE 14. Score tied-3 times. Lead changes-2 times.
    
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