Rutgers 91, George Washington 87
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Jamal Phillips scored 20 of his 28 points after picking up his fourth foul with 12:47 to play in leading Rutgers to a 91-87 victory over George Washington on Tuesday night.
The win was the second straight for the Scarlet Knights (12-13, 7-8 Atlantic 10) and snapped a five-game losing skid against George Washington (19-12, 10-6).
Al Karner added 21 points for Rutgers.
Kwame Evans had 32 and Nimbo Hammons 23 for the Colonials, who hit a season-high 12 3-pointers.
The problem for George Washington was that it did little inside and it could do nothing to stop Phillips in his final home game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Rutgers will cap its regular season on Friday when it completes a game against Massachusetts that was suspended at halftime by students protesting a racially inflammatory remark made by Rutgers president Francis Lawrence.
Tuesday’s home game was the third straight played without protest.
Phillips scored 22 points in the second half, 13 straight for Rutgers in one sequence and 22 of its final 39. He was 11-of-16 from the field.
The 6-foot-7 power forward, who lost his starting job six games ago, started his 13-point run by hitting two free throws with 13 minutes to play to give Rutgers a 54-47 lead.
Evans then hit one of his five 3-pointers and converted a four-point play when Phillips picked up his fourth foul on the play, cutting the lead to 54-51. A basket in close by Antoine Hart got the Colonials within a point, but then Phillips took over.
He hit two layups, converted a three-point play, hit a jumper and scored inside in his own 11-4 spurt that gave Rutgers a 65-57 lead. The Scarlet Knights, who shot 65 percent in the second half, extended the lead to 81-65 with 2:01 to go, before the Colonials ran off a 19-7 to get within 88-84 with 19 seconds to play.
But Phillips got behind the George Washington defense and hit a layup to ice the game.