(25) Providence 64

(8-3, 0-1 Big East)

Rutgers 65

(8-4, 1-2 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2004

    Louis Brown Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey

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    #25PROV 36 2864
    RUTG 26 3965

    Rutgers 65, Providence 64

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Ever since senior forward Herve Lamizana has been at Rutgers, people have marveled at his physical potential and expected great things from him.

    He sure came through Saturday night against No. 25 Providence.

    Lamizana hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with less than a second left to lift Rutgers to a 65-64 victory over the Friars. It was the first last-second win by Rutgers since Jan. 23, 1999, when Geoff Billet beat the buzzer at Notre Dame.

    Rutgers (8-4, 1-2 Big East) trailed for the last 29 minutes but was given a chance when Providence's Donnie McGrath missed two free throws with seven seconds left. Lamizana grabbed the rebound and Rutgers called a timeout with 5.7 seconds to go.

    Freshman Quincy Douby took the inbounds pass, dribbled up the right side and passed to Lamizana, who drilled a 24-footer in front of the Rutgers bench. Lamizana then blocked the Providence inbounds pass as the buzzer sounded.

    "We told the kids we didn't want to go to overtime," Rutgers coach Gary Waters said. "The play was for Quincy to either drive into the lane and go to the basket or kick it to Herve or (Ricky) Shields for a 3."

    It was the second straight loss in the final seconds for the Friars (8-3, 0-1 Big East), who entered the Top 25 on Monday for the first time in almost three years.

    Lamizana, who finished with 21 points, banked in a wild 3 to draw Rutgers within two with 10.5 seconds left. But the last one was different.

    "The second one I knew was good as soon as it left my fingers," Lamizana said. "The first one was pure luck."

    Providence was led by junior forward Ryan Gomes with 27 points.

    What was also amazing was that Rutgers made a 9-0 run to cut a 53-43 lead to one after Lamizana went to the bench with his fourth foul with 9:39 to go. Shields, who had 14 points, hit two free throws and a 3 from the right wing to make it 53-52 with 5:21 to go.

    Lamizana, who also had eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists, returned with 3:51 left, but Providence was able to extend it to six and led 64-59 after Gomes hit two free throws with 19.1 seconds remaining.

    Providence took control midway through the first half, outscoring Rutgers 23-10 over the final 10 minutes to take a 36-26 lead at halftime.

    Gomes and Marcus Douthit scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Douthit finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

    Providence lost 79-77 in overtime to No. 18 Texas on Monday night on a layup at the buzzer by freshman P.J. Tucker, a basket that was reviewed by the officials for several minutes before being ruled good.

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