No. 25 Rutgers 99, George Washington 87, OT
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Liz Hanson scored eight of her career-high 28 points in an overtime period played without an overhead clock as No. 25 Rutgers won its eighth in a row by rallying to defeat George Washington 99-87 Saturday.
The Lady Knights (12-3, 6-0 Atlantic 10) needed to rally from a seven-point deficit in the final 2:28 of regulation to force the overtime and snap a five- game winning streak by George Washington (10-5, 4-2).
Hanson started the comeback by hitting three free throws and she capped the closing 9-2 burst by sinking both ends of a 1-and-1 with 11.5 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 81.
The free throw opportunity came after George Washington center Tajama Abraham fouled out after being called for a debatable blocking foul on an inbounds play. Abraham finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds.
That’s also when the clock at the Rutgers Athletic Center went out. It was never fixed and there was a delay of about five minutes before the final 11.5 seconds of regulation was played and another 15-minute delay between the end of regulation and the start of overtime.
The extra period was all Rutgers after Darlene Saar hit one of two free throws to put George Washington ahead 82-81. The Lady Knights, who now hold a two-game lead in the Atlantic 10, scored 18 of the next 20 points.
Caroline DeRoose and Janell Williams each scored 24 points for Rutgers, which made 35 of 48 from the free throw line. Saar added 21 points for George Washington, while Debbie Hemery had 16.
GW went to the line 20 times, hitting 12. Four of the misses came early in overtime, including three by Saar.
Trailing 48-37 at intermission, George Washington opened the second half with 14-0 run and no more than three points separated the teams until the final seven minutes.
Hemery hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 5-0 run and GW built its biggest lead when Lei Sawyers hit two free throws with 3:15 to go for a 79-72 lead.
Rutgers started its rally after Hansen, a sophomore, was fouled by Hemery on a 3-point shot.