Wednesday, January 11, 2006

No. 3 'Nova Takes RU Down in OT, 84-78

Rutgers R.smallutgers Men (11-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) vs No. 3 Villanova (10-1, 1-1 BIG EAST) tonight. And at the half it’s 43-38 Rutgers. Both teams are scorching from the floor with 52% and 50% shooting but RU is beating the crap out of ‘Nova on the boards 19-9. Douby leads the Scarlet Knights with 16 points in the first half.

The second half has started and Rutgers has started poorly making two turnovers in the first minute and a half. Villanova has not been able to take advantage however and RU maintains a 3-point lead. With 10 minutes left RU is up 55-51.

Douby is on fire and is making some shots that are unbelievable.

Damn! Some sloppy play by RU has allowed ‘Nova to take a 58-57 lead with 8:28 remaining. 7:10 to go and ‘Nova makes a 3-pointer, steals the incoming and gets fouled and they go up 63-57. RU comes down the court and misses the shot and the rebound. ‘Nova misses their shot.

4:10 to go and Douby gets a ground ball to tie the score. ‘Nova’s Foye answers with a long distance three and gets fouled in the process. He makes the free throw and it is 68-64 ‘Nova.

Webb scores a 3-pointer. To make it 68-67. ‘Nova comes down and RU steals. No scoring.
30 seconds and Douby and Farmer miss jumpers. RU fouls ‘Nova and ‘Nova makes both FT to go ahead 70-67. 10 seconds left RU ball. WOW! Little used Senior Jimmy Inglis makes a 3-pointer with 2-5 seconds to go and the score is 70-70!
‘Nova misses the half-court shot and we go into overtime!

RU scores on two FT from Webb. RU 72-70. Lowry for ‘Nova ties it then Farmer loses the ball and ‘Nova gets two on a 3-on-1 fast break. ‘Nova 74-72.

Douby and Lowry trade shots to make it 76-74. Hill gets a lay-up and it’s tied 76-76.
Lowry misses two free throws but ‘Nova gets the ball and Lowry gets a lay-up and is fouled by Farmer (his 5th and he’s gone). ‘Nova goes up 79-76.

Webb takes over as point guard and gets fouled He misses the FT and ‘Nova gets the rebound. 1:12 left and ‘Nova is inbounding under the RU basket. There’s a foul on RU on the play. They make one of the two. It’s 80-76 with one minute.

RU loses the ball on a too quick shot. ‘Nova gets fouled. 81-76, missing the second shot but gets the ball back.
‘Nova misses RU misses and fouls ‘Nova. ‘Nova makes the two FT 83-76 ‘Nova with 34 seconds left.
Webb makes two FT with 18 seconds left but the game is over. ‘Nova wins 84-78.

For Rutgers, Quincy Douby ends the game with 28 points while Webb and Inman had 11 points each.
For Villanova, Kyle Lowry also had 28 points, Randy Foye had 24 and Allan Ray had 17.

Full story and stats here.

The Scarlet Knights fall to 11-4, 1-1 in the BIG EAST.
Villanova improves to 11-1, 2-1 in the BIG EAST.

Rutgers next plays at DePaul on Sunday at 1:00 PM

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