Rutgers 70, Seton Hall 61
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ Andrew Kolbasovsky had 21 points and 10 rebounds and sparked the game’s decisive run as Rutgers took a wild, 70-61, victory over Seton Hall Wednesday night.
The Pirates (10-10, 6-6 Big East) played the entire second half without coach George Blaney and point guard Danny Hurley. Blaney was ejected after getting two technical fouls at the end of the first half and Hurley left with a second degree concussion suffered in a collision with Kolbasovsky.
Trailing 46-45 after blowing a 14-point lead, Rutgers (6-13, 3-8) got a three-point play from Kolbasovsky to start a 12-0 run and make it 57-46 with 8:35 remaining. Seton Hall cut it to 64-61 and had a chance to tie, but Adrian Griffin missed a three-pointer from the corner with 30 seconds left and Kolbasovsky rebounded.
Geoff Billet, who had 15 points, Rob Hodgson and Kolbasovsky each hit two free throws in the final 20.2 seconds to ice it.
Seton Hall had a 59-35 rebounding advantage but shot just 33.8 percent from the field and committed 20 turnovers. The rebounding advantage ties a Big East record for biggest rebounding differential in one game. Rutgers shot 37.5 percent but only made eight turnovers.
Rutgers, which snapped a five-game losing streak, led 39-24 and 45-31 before Seton Hall scored 15 straight for a 46-45 lead. Senior guard John Yablonski, who played 11 minutes all season and had 17 career points entering the game, scored six of his 12 points during the run on two three-pointers.
They were Yablonski’s first points this year and first three-pointers of his career.
Griffin had 23 points while Damon Santiago had 10 for Rutgers.
Seton Hall’s worst first half of the year, in which the Pirates shot 8-for-30, committed 13 turnovers and scored a season-low 21 points, ended in chaos.
With Rutgers holding a 28-19 lead and Seton Hall in possession, Blaney was whistled for his first technical by referee Rick Hartzell with 1:33 left. After Billett made two foul shots, Rutgers inbounded and Mike Kitts hit Blaney with the second technical with 1:31 left.
Billet hit one of two foul shots and Billy Gilligan made a three-pointer to make it 34-19, and it was 34-21 at halftime.
Hurley collided with Kolbasovsky with 11:05 left and appeared dazed. He tried to remain in the game, but was taken off with 3:35 left and did not return to the bench.