Rutgers crushes Notre Dame

What a day to bring Brian Toal to the RAC. The place was a sea of Scarlet Screamers, the TV cameras were running, legendary Notre Dame was the opponent and Rutgers roared to a come from behind victory.

Things didn't start our rosy. The Irish came in and took complete control of the game. Although it didn't show on the scoreboard, Notre Dame was in a great offensive flow in the first half and was shutting the Knights out on defense. Only some late three point scoring by the Scarlet kept Rutgers within 4 points at the half.




Adrian Hill was not intimidated by the Irish big men.

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The second half was a different story. The Knights started the second half with a 10-2 run and never looked back. Quincy Douby (24 points) was drilling threes like he was shooting layups. Herve Lamizana (22 points) was contributing with an inside-out game which drove the Irish crazy. Sometimes Herve would take the ball outside and just put up the three. Sometimes he drove against Irish big men who simply could not match his athleticism. The combination of Quincy, Herve and Marquis Webb (13 points) led the Knights to a 26-6 run after which RU was never seriously threatened. The Scarlet led by as much as 16 points before coasting to a 81-70 victory.







 This reverse was typical of Herve's sweet second half play.

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Brian Toal, who was with Greg Schiano in the section in front of me, seemed to enjoy the game. Mike Teel was also in attendance.

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