Rutgers defeats Georgetown 66 - 59

Not only did the Knights keep their hopes of a Big East tourney appearance alive but their victory over Georgetown threatened the Hoyas with elimination from the tournament for the first time in that school's venerable history. Gutsy play by Sean Axani and Kareem Wright paved the way for the Rutgers' victory.

Early on the game, Georgetown was trying to force the ball inside in order to take advantage of their size inside. The strategy, at first, did not do what it had done last year in DC. At the thirteen minute mark the game was tied at 8 with Mike Sweetney held to no points. No one from Rutgers was in foul trouble. In the Rutgers front court no one had picked up a foul except for Herve Lamizana who had one. The Georgetown frontline, on the other hand, had picked up four.

That wasn't to last.

Over the next five minutes Sweetney got himself in the game with a quick seven points. Rutgers however hung right in with a three pointer by Juel Wiggan, a hook shot by Sean Axani and a short jumper by Calvin Wooten. At the six and a half minute mark, the Hoyas held just a three point lead 18-15.

At that point it was Adrian Hill that got the Rutgers' crowd back into the game. Hill slammed a dunk on the offensive end a blocked a shot out of bounds on defense. However, Rutgers by now was paying for its aggressive defense. By the four minute mark Adrian Hill, Herve Lamizana and Sean Axani all had two fouls.

Two fouls shots by Ricky Shields put Rutgers within two (21-19) with just under four to go in the half. A minute later after a foul shot by Axani Rutgers crawled to within one.

Then the Knights seemed to run out of gas. Kareem Wright  picked up his second foul and Mike Sweetney hit two foul shots to up his total to nine points and the Hoya lead to 3 with two minutes to go.

Rutgers wasn't done, though. Ricky Shields answered with a three to tie the game, 23 all.

After a steal, Sean Axani drove and jammed the ball to give the Knights a two point lead with 31 seconds left in the half. A Mike Sherrod two pointer with a second to go gave Rutgers a four point lead to take to the locker room.

In the first half Ricky Shields led the Knights with 7 points. Sean Axani had 5. Mike Sweetney led Georgetown with eleven.

RU's leading scorer Jerome Coleman was 0-2 from the field with no points. Axani, Lamizana, Hill and Wright all had 2 fouls.

In the second half Mike Sweetney came out and scored a quick five points to give the lead back to Georgetown. A three pointer by Georgetown forward Gerald Riley forced Gary Waters to call a quick time out.

It helped.

A Jerome Coleman three cut the Georgetown lead to 2 and a Ricky Shields steal and a 2 pointer tied the game with 16 minutes to go in the game.

Georgetown came back behind the shooting of Sweetney and Gerald Riley and with 11 and a half to go the Hoyas had built a four point lead. Two straight power move scores by Kareem Wright tied the game for Rutgers. Unfortunately, Kareem picked up his fourth foul on the next play and was forced to leave the game with nine minutes to go.

After that Rutgers kept chasing the Hoyas but always came up short.

Time and time again the Knights challenged but fell short of retaking the lead until Sean Axani scored on a three point play to give the Knights a 2 point lead with seven and a half to go and at that point the game became nip and tuck.

Five straight points by Gerald Riley gave the Hoyas the a three point lead with five to go but a Mike Sherrod two pointer got the Knights to within one.

The Hoyas fought their way back to a two point lead but a great play by Adrian Hill tied the game. Hill was fouled on the shot and converted on the foul to give the Knights a one point lead. Mike Sweetney answered back with a two but Ricky Shields hit a "down town" three to give the Knights a two point lead with two and a half to go.

Gerald Riley then tied the game with two fouls shots but Kareem Wright hit one of two fouls to give the lead back to the Knights.

With a minute and a half to go the seemingly ice cold Jerome Coleman hit a long two, to give Rutgers a three point lead and the Georgetown - Rutgers see saw was over.

Georgetown's Victor Samnick hit one of two foul shots to close the lead to two but a foul on Mike Sherrod sent him to the charity stripe with 40 seconds to go in the contest. Sherrod, a fifty per cent foul shooter, hit both. Jerome Coleman was then fouled by the Hoyas and hit two of two to give the Knights their biggest lead of six with 26 seconds to go.

Georgetown had one three point attempt blocked by Lamizana and missed the other badly. Coleman rebounded and was fouled.

Jerome hit both to give the Knights an eight point lead.

The Hoyas could score only one more foul shot and the Knights took the victory 66-59

Mike Sweetney led all scorers with 22, Gerald Riley had 19 for Georgetown.

Ricky Shields led the Knights with 12 points. Jerome Coleman and Sean Axani both had eleven.

 

 

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Jerome Coleman scored six of his 11 points in the final 1:25 and Rutgers offset a big effort by Mike Sweetney in a 66-59 victory over Georgetown Tuesday night.
The victory moved Rutgers (11-10, 3-6) into sixth place in the Big East's West Division while Georgetown (10-11, 2-7) is now alone in last place in the West.
CBS.SportsLine.com - Rutgers 66, Georgetown 59

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