Rutgers 57

(10-19, 2-14 Big East)

(11) Syracuse 81

(25-6, 11-5 Big East)

9:00 PM ET, March 10, 2005

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

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RUTG 22 3557
#11SYR 47 3481

Top Performers

Rutgers: Q. Douby 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Syracuse: H. Warrick 23 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Rutgers (10-18) at No. 18 Syracuse (24-6) 9:00 pm EST

SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- Big East Conference Player of the Year Hakim Warrick looks to lead No. 18 Syracuse into the semifinals of the conference tournament Thursday when the Orange face upset-minded Rutgers.

After losing just once in its first 21 contests, Syracuse dropped five of its final nine, including an 88-70 setback to No. 14 Connecticut on Saturday. Warrick scored 25 points on 5-of-19 shooting for the Orange, who shot just 31 percent (23-of-75).

While the team has struggled, Warrick has played well down the stretch, averaging nearly 24 points over his last nine games. The 6-8 senior ranked second in the Big East in scoring (21.2) and fourth in rebounding (8.2) en route to being named to his second consecutive All-Conference team.

All six of the Orange's losses have come to ranked opponents, although they were nearly upset by last-place Rutgers in their lone meeting this season on January 24.

Syracuse trailed by 18 points at the half but rallied to take the lead on a three-point play by Terrence Roberts with 7.2 seconds remaining. Rutgers' Quincy Douby had an open look at a potential game-winning 3-pointer, but the shot rolled around the rim and out as time expired.

Warrick and Gerry McNamara scored 21 points apiece in that one for the Orange, while Rutgers was led by Ricky Shields' 20.

The Scarlet Knights enter the quarterfinal matchup after shocking sixth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round Wednesday, 72-65. Shields scored 21 points and Douby added 15 for the Scarlet Knights, who held Notre Dame to 36 percent (22-of-61) shooting.


School Info

Conference Big Ten ACC
Nickname Scarlet Knights Orange
Type Public Private

2004-05 Season

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