Quincy Douby Leads Rutgers to NIT Finals Against Michigan
The Rutgers Men's Basketball team defeated the Iowa State Cyclones, 84-81 in overtime, to advance to the National Invitation Tournament Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York. This marks the first time in Rutgers history that the Scarlet Knights have advanced to the NIT's Finals. Rutgers will face Michigan (22-12) on Thursday, April 1st (7 P.M.).
A reminder of the times that used to be, Quincy Douby and Curtis Stinson, two of the unknown young guards in America put on a show most will not soon forget. The stakes higher, this time it was on a national setting in front of a frenzied Rutgers contingent in the world's greatest arena with every shot by these phenomenal youngsters sending his team closer to the NIT Championship game. In the end Quincy Douby's 35 points overwhelmed Stinson's 32 as the Scarlet Knights survived despite a desperation trey by the Cyclones to send the game into overtime.
This contest was all about Quincy Douby and the Rutgers offense in the first half. However, once the intermission would end fortunes would change rapidly. Despite trailing for most of the first 20 minutes of play and having the Big 12 Freshman of the Year virtually shut out (3 points in the first half), Iowa State came out furiously in the second half and erased a 10 point halftime deficit in no time. Trading baskets was the norm for the remaining 16+ minutes as Curtis Stinson teamed up with Jackson Vroman (14 points to go along with 20 rebounds), both doing their best to keep the Cyclones in the game. Jake Sullivan's trey with just under 5 seconds left in regulation time would send the game to overtime.
Quincy Douby scored 5 of his game- and career-high 35 points in overtime, including 3-4 from the charity stripe. Shooting a remarkable 10-18 from the field, including 6-11 from downtown, Quincy is now averaging 24.0 points and shooting 60% in the NIT tournament. Sean Axani added 17 rebounds, a new career high, including 8 on the offensive glass, to go along with his 8 points. Ricky Shields added 16 points, including 9-11 at the free throw line.
With tonight's win, Rutgers' 20th of the season, the Scarlet Knights have recorded their first 20-win season since 1982-1983. The NIT Finals, which will feature Rutgers and the Wolverines of Michigan will be broadcast on ESPN. Tip-off is set for 7p.m. EST.
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