RU Defeats Princeton to improve to 5-2

In the first half Herve Lamazana carried the Scarlet Knights as hot shooting Jerome Coleman was cold as ice. But Jerome stepped up in the second half with several key buckets to seal the win for Rutgers.

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Jerome Coleman scored 14 of his 17 points in the final 7:06 to lead Rutgers past Princeton 76-70 Saturday night in the 109th meeting between the two intrastate rivals.

Coleman, Rutgers' leading scorer at 21.8 points per game, made a key steal and layup with two minutes left, followed by four free throws in the final minute to help secure Rutgers' fourth consecutive victory against Princeton.

Herve Lamizana tied a career high with 20 points to lead Rutgers (5-2), and Spencer Gloger led all scorers with 26 points for Princeton (3-3).

Rutgers led 58-50 with 4:42 remaining on a backdoor layup by Coleman, but Princeton pulled to 58-54 on a jumper by Judson Wallace and a backdoor layup by Gloger.

Coleman, who was held to 3 points in the first half on 1-for-7 shooting, then made a foul shot and stole the ball on Princeton's ensuing possession and converted a layup to make the score 61-54.

Coleman's free throws with 40:9 left gave Rutgers a 68-60 lead; after that, Princeton couldn't get closer than five points.

Rutgers led by four points at halftime and opened a nine-point lead early in the second half. The Scarlet Knights led 47-38 with 11:36 remaining when Ricky Shields sank two free throws from a technical foul on Princeton's Ray Robins.

But Princeton, which made just one field goal during a 6:51 stretch, rallied and closed the gap to 51-49 with 6:38 left on Gloger's 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Rutgers, which entered the game shooting 43 per cent from the floor this season, was 15-of-30 in the first half, led by Lamizana, who made five of six shots from the field.

Princeton was 10-for-26 in the half. The Tigers struggled from 3-point range, making just two of 13 attempts.

Rutgers twice led by as many as six points in the first half, the second time with 5:12 left on Ricky Shields' jumper. Princeton responded with a 6-0 run to tie the game on a fast-break dunk by Ray Robins, a backdoor layup by Kyle Wente and two free throws by Ed Persia.

Center Kareem Wright scored on Rutgers' last two possessions to give the Scarlet Knights a 34-30 halftime lead.

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