Rutgers 78

(10-6, 3-0 Big East)

(25) Syracuse 67

(13-3, 1-2 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2011

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    RUTG 39 3978
    #25SYR 22 4567

    Monique Oliver scores career-best 27 points in Rutgers' win

    Associated Press

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Monique Oliver scored a career-high 27 points, Khadijah Rushdan had 15 points and matched her career high with nine assists, and Rutgers beat Syracuse (No. 25 AP) 78-67 on Tuesday night.

    The win for Rutgers (10-6, 3-0 Big East) was its third straight and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Orange (13-3, 1-2), who had won their first 12 home games. Syracuse's other losses were to top-ranked Baylor and last week at then-No. 15 Georgetown.

    After falling behind early, the Scarlet Knights quickly rallied behind Oliver. She had 14 points in the first 9:33, outplaying Syracuse center Kayla Alexander as Rutgers built a double-digit lead in the first 11:33 and kept it for most of the rest of the game.

    Elashier Hall led the Orange with a career-high 23 points, Erica Morrow had 15, and Alexander, their leading scorer at 15 points a game, finished with six.

    Despite her size advantage, the 6-foot-4 Alexander was no match for the 6-2 Oliver from the outset, and the Scarlet Knights quickly took advantage of the middle. Oliver scored six points and April Sykes drained a 3 to lead Rutgers on an 11-0 run that erased a four-point Syracuse lead.

    The Orange missed three times, committed two fouls, had a shot blocked and lost the ball twice during the Rutgers spurt. Syracuse went nearly six minutes between baskets in squandering a strong start keyed by eight straight points from Hall.

    Oliver's basket off the glass at 10:27 gave her 14 points and Rutgers a 19-12 lead as the Scarlet Knights found repeated openings in the Syracuse zone -- in the lane, under the basket and on the wing.

    Rutgers outscored Syracuse 20-10 to close the half with a 39-22 lead. The Orange committed 15 turnovers that led to 22 points for the Scarlet Knights, shot 28 percent (8 of 29), and were outscored 22-6 in the paint in the period.

    Held scoreless in the first half, Alexander got her first points of the game on a short jumper in the lane off a nice feed from Carmen Tyson-Thomas with 15:07 left and the Orange behind 48-32.

    Syracuse trailed by double digits for nearly 22 minutes before Morrow scored five straight points to key a late 9-2 run. Alexander scored four points, showing some spunk in converting a follow off the glass over Oliver. She then swatted away a shot by Oliver and made a pair of free throws to move the Orange within 59-50 with 5:57 left.

    Syracuse never got closer than eight the remainder of the game as the Scarlet Knights hit 7 of 8 foul shots in the final minute.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 67
    FG Made-Attempted 27-56 (.482) 22-64 (.344)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-13 (.385) 9-20 (.450)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-33 (.576) 14-17 (.824)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 0

    Game Leaders

    PointsM. Oliver 27E. Hall 23
    ReboundsC. Lee 11C. Tyson-Thomas 10
    AssistsK. Rushdan 9T. Harris 4
    StealsK. Rushdan 3E. Morrow 2
    BlocksC. Lee 6K. Alexander 2

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