Rutgers knocks off struggling Louisville
Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) – Quincy Douby tallied 19 points and Rutgers
defeated its first ranked opponent in over two years with a 65-56 victory over
No. 22 Louisville at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The Scarlet Knights’ last victory over a top-25 squad was a 65-64 triumph over
No. 25 Providence on January 10, 2004.
J.R. Inman scored 13 points and Ollie Bailey added 12, including two big
baskets late in the game, for Rutgers (13-7, 3-4 Big East), which snapped a
three-game losing skid.
Taquan Dean led Louisville (14-6, 2-5) with 13 points and Terrence Williams
and David Padgett donated 12 points apiece in defeat. Juan Palacios netted 10
points, as the Cardinals lost for the fourth time in their last five contests.
Rutgers jumped to a comfortable first-half lead, but Louisville battled back
in the second half.
The Cardinals used an 11-2 spurt almost midway through the half to get within
two. The first six points were converted on second-chance opportunities, then
Padgett’s three-point play and layup made the score 47-45 with 8:06 left.
Louisville seized its first lead since 9-7 on Williams’ scoop shot in the lane
with 4:42 to play. Each team exchanged a pair of free throws and the Cardinals
still held a one-point lead, 54-53, with 4:03 remaining.
Out of a timeout, Inman drained a three-pointer from the top of the key to
push the Scarlet Knights in front, 56-54, then Dean’s jumper tied the contest
with 3:02 on the clock.
Anthony Farmer penetrated down the lane and dished the ball to an open Bailey,
who converted a two-handed slam with 2:36 remaining. Douby went coast-to-coast
for a layup moments later to give Rutgers a 60-56 lead.
Bailey’s tip-in of Douby’s running jumper opened a six-point advantage with
1:19 to play, then Brandon Jenkins missed a three and the Cardinals were
forced to foul.
Douby calmly sank two free throws and Dean misfired on a trey to seal the
After Dean buried a three to cut the deficit to 13-12 in the early going, the
Scarlet Knights dominated the next 4 1/2 minutes. An 18-3 burst opened a 31-15
lead and awakened the RAC, annually noted as one of the toughest places to
play in major college basketball.
Inman’s three-point play started the spurt and Rutgers ended the charge with
seven consecutive points, capped by Douby’s layup with 6:43 left.
Louisville regrouped and cut the lead to nine, 37-28, after Williams drained a
trey and Palacios made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with 3:11 remaining in
Rutgers held a 39-28 lead at the break.
Louisville shot just 34 percent from the floor and made only 6-of-22 from
beyond the arc…Rutgers made 16-of-19 from the charity stripe, including 13-
of-14 down the stretch…The Scarlet Knights beat Louisville for the first
time in five all-time meetings…Farmer had six points and eight assists in