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Final

(25) St. John's 51

(17-4, 7-3 Big East)

(9) Rutgers 61

(16-3, 8-0 Big East)

    7:30 PM ET, February 1, 2006

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    #25SJU 23 2851
    #9RUTG 35 2661

    Rutgers squanders big lead but holds on to win

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Cappie Pondexter scored 24 points and No. 9 Rutgers held off No. 25 St. John's 61-51 Wednesday night after squandering a 27-point lead.

    Rutgers (16-3, 8-0 Big East) built a 33-6 cushion with 5:04 left in the first half, but St. John's outscored the Scarlet Knights 17-2 to close the half and then scored the first eight points after halftime to cut the gap to 35-31.

    St. John's (17-4, 7-3), which moved into the Top 25 this week for the first time in 22 years, was within four with 3:52 to play when Rutgers' Michelle Campbell hit Kia Vaughn with a pass in the lane for a layup. Vaughn was fouled and completed a three-point play for a 49-42 edge.

    The Scarlet Knights then showed their experience, controlling the clock and extending their margin as St. John's committed four turnovers in the final minutes.

    Vaughn added 15 points for Rutgers.

    Angela Clark, Danielle Chambers and Kia Wright scored 10 points apiece for the Red Storm.

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