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Carson doubles up W. Virginia as No. 23 Rutgers rolls

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Essence Carson recorded a double-double
with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Rutgers (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) to a 55-49
win over West Virginia on Sunday.

The Scarlet Knights (15-7, 8-3 Big East), who were trailing 30-23 with 14:20 left in the game, went on a 21-4 run to roll past the Mountaineers.

Rutgers leading scorer Epiphanny Prince was scoreless in the first half for the second straight game, but hit four 3-pointers in the second half to cap the run and put the Scarlet Knights up 44-35.

Rutgers shot 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half against the Mountaineers' 2-3 zone to go down 21-18. They shot 6-for-12 from 3-point range in the second half.

West Virginia (16-9, 7-5) was led by LaQuinta Owens, who scored 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field and grabbed five rebounds. Chakhia Cole added 15 points on 4-for-8 shooting.

Rutgers held WVU leading scorer Olayinka Sanni to two points in 24 minutes.