RU Falls to 'Nova in OT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and Randy Foye added 24 as No. 3 Villanova rebounded from its first loss of the season with an 84-78 overtime victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.

Lowry, whose previous high was 20 earlier this season against Rider, missed two free throws with 1:44 left in overtime and the score tied at 76. But teammate Will Sheridan tapped the rebound of the second miss back to him and the guard scored and was fouled.

He completed the three-point play to give Villanova (11-1, 2-1 Big East) a three-point lead. After Rutgers' Marquis Webb missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Allan Ray and Mike Nardi each added a free throw to extend the Wildcats' lead to 81-76 with less than a minute left.

Rutgers (11-4, 1-1) trailed 70-67 with 19 seconds left in regulation after two free throws by Ray. But little-used center Jimmie Inglis, who hadn't even attempted a 3-pointer in his one-plus seasons at Rutgers, threw one in off the glass with 2.5 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Foye had given Villanova a 68-64 lead with 3:51 to go, but Webb pulled Rutgers within a point with a 3-pointer with 2:09 left. After Rutgers forced a jump ball and gained possession, Quincy Douby and Webb both missed jumpers before Ray made his free throws.

Douby, the Big East's leading scorer at 23.2 points per game, finished with 28.

Villanova lost 91-87 at home to West Virginia on Sunday.

A year ago, Villanova routed Rutgers 94-61 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center for the Scarlet Knights' worst loss in the 27-year history of the building. Wednesday's see-saw contest followed a different script as neither team led by more than 10 points and both teams shot at or near 50 percent: Rutgers was 27-for-54 and Villanova was 27-for-58.

Villanova trailed from the final minutes of the first half until Lowry converted a three-point play with 8:28 left to give the Wildcats a 58-57 lead. They extended it to 63-57 on two free throws by Lowry before Rutgers clawed back on baskets by J.R. Inman, Inglis and Douby, who picked up a loose ball and scored on a layup to tie the game at 64.

Foye was practically unstoppable for the game's first 10 minutes when he scored 14 of Villanova's 25 points on a variety of drives and long-range jumpers. The Wildcats led by 10 points after he made two of three free throws with 10:01 left in the half.

Rutgers responded by taking advantage of its size and scoring at will in the lane. Forwards Jaron Griffin and Inman and center Adrian Hill scored 11 points in one stretch, with Hill rebounding three of his own misses in one sequence before getting fouled and converting both free throws.

Douby then found his stroke. The junior guard scored on two drives to tie the game at 29, then gave Rutgers its first lead with a 3-pointer. The Scarlet Knights finished the half with their largest lead (43-38) when Inman made two free throws with 3 seconds left.

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