The Quincy Douby Show

Rutgers has done a great job in recent weeks of getting Quincy Douby's name mentioned as a potential NBA player.

The junior guard is averaging 23.7 points per game this season and has come on particularly strong lately. He set a Carrier Dome record with 41 points at Syracuse, and followed that up by adding 28 more against Seton Hall.

Douby has become the Rutgers offense. That's both a blessing and a curse.

Against the Pirates, Douby led the way with 28 points, and made 11 of his 25 shots. That represented nearly have of the team's 53 total shots, and 42 percent of the point production.

The problem turned out to be nobody else on the team scored more than 11 points. Though the rest of the starters all shot 50 percent or better from the field, none got more than seven attempts.

That's not because Douby is hogging the ball or taking bad shots, but because everyone on the team is looking solely to him to take on the load. Others are going to have to be confident enough to take on some of the burden, or the Scarlet Knights are going to waste an awful lot of strong individual efforts from Douby.

Notes and Quotes
--The Scarlet Knights have surrounded one decent win -- against Louisville on Jan. 28 -- with five losses.

By falling to Seton Hall on Sunday, Rutgers lost its fifth game in six tries and second in succession. The team will have a quick turnaround before having to travel to South Bend, Ind., to play Notre Dame on Wednesday.

However, the Scarlet Knights still have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the Big East. Rutgers plays Notre Dame, Marquette, Georgetown once apiece, and USF and St. John's twice.

--The Big East's leading scorer had 28 points for Rutgers on Sunday, but his biggest shot didn't fall.

Guard Quincy Douby missed a three-pointer in the final minute that would have tied the game, and the Scarlet Knights lost, 73-67, at Seton Hall. Rutgers (13-9, 2-6) trailed by three points when Frank Russell blocked a shot attempt to give the Scarlet Knights the ball.

Douby's three-point attempt from the top of the key with 36 seconds fell short.

Marquis Webb had 11 points for the Scarlet Knights, who trailed by nine at halftime despite making half their shots in the first frame.

Rutgers shot 51.9 percent -- Seton Hall shot 42 percent -- but the Scarlet Knights committed seven more turnovers and were out-rebounded by two.

--Forward J.R. Inman played only 17 minutes Sunday after re-injuring his leg, but recorded two blocks to tie Steve Perry for 19th place on the school's single-season list with 42. He is also 24th on the career list, tied with Alvydas Tenys.

--The superlatives about Quincy Douby keep coming. Sunday, he topped 20 points in a game for the 15th time in the past 19 tries. He has scored in double figures for the past 28 games.

He is tied with John Battle for 21st place on the school's single-season scoring list with 525 points. His five three pointers Sunday tied him for seventh-place on the single-season list with 72.

--Center Byron Joynes had 10 rebounds Sunday for the third time in the past five games and the fifth time this season. He leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.

--Rutgers played 11 players against Seton Hall, but only two reserves played 10 minutes or more, and none played more than 13. Ollie Bailey, a starter all of last season, only saw five minutes of action.

--Anthony Farmer surprised Seton Hall with his scoring ability in the first meeting between the two teams, scoring 17 points. He was contained in the rematch and was held to nine points on six shots, but still managed to dish out five assists.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't even talk about leaving early for the NBA. That hasn't even crossed my mind. I know I had a pretty good game against Syracuse and a lot of people are talking about that, but I'm just focusing on the rest of the season." -- Rutgers guard Quincy Douby, in the Newark Star-Ledger.

Roster Report
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- G Anthony Farmer, G Quincy Douby, F Marquis Webb, F J.R. Inman, C Byron Joynes. Key Subs -- F Adrian Hill, G/F Jaron Griffin, F Ollie Bailey, C Jimmie Ingils.

Syracuse 86, Rutgers 84 (OT)

Seton Hall 73, Rutgers 67


at Notre Dame, Wednesday, Feb. 8.

vs. Marquette, Sunday, Feb. 12.

vs. St. John's, Wednesday, Feb. 15.

at South Florida, Saturday, Feb. 18.

KEYS: The Scarlet Knights came close to two road wins last week but couldn't break through. The perimeter defense will need to be in top form against a reeling Notre Dame squad that still boasts some strong shooters, and again against surprising Marquette.


--F Quincy Douby stood out in the Scarlet Knights 86-84 overtime loss at Syracuse. Douby's 41 points are the most scored in a single game in the history of the Carrier Dome, spanning 432 games and 25 years. He made 15 of his 32 shots from the field, and was 9-for-17 from three-point range.

--F Frank Russell got a season-high nine minutes against Rutgers, with two points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in a losing effort.

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