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BC solid in spurts, but falls at Rutgers

Katie Zenevitch (45) couldn’t pry this rebound away from April Sykes, but the Boston College sophomore finished with a career-high 15 points. Katie Zenevitch (45) couldn’t pry this rebound away from April Sykes, but the Boston College sophomore finished with a career-high 15 points. (Mel evans/associated press)
From Wire, Staff Reports / November 17, 2011

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Khadijah Rushdan and Monique Oliver each scored 15 points to help No. 15 Rutgers beat Boston College last night, 74-58, in Piscataway, N.J.

The Scarlet Knights (2-0) jumped to a 13-2 lead, capped by a 3-pointer from Erica Wheeler. Kristen Doherty hit the Eagles’ (1-1) first basket a minute later.

Rutgers extended its lead to 20-6 midway through the first half as Boston College missed 12 of its first 13 shots. Tiffany Ruffin scored 5 points during a 7-0 run that pulled the Eagles to 20-13. Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer had five freshmen on the floor for most of the run.

After a timeout, the Hall of Fame coach put her upperclassmen back in and the Scarlet Knights went on a 16-2 run over the next four minutes to regain control. Rutgers led by 17 at the half and BC could only get within 5 points the rest of the game.

Rutgers’s talented freshmen class continues to impress early in the season. Betnijah Laney, Briyona Canty, and Syessence Davis all fueled the late run in the first half. They scored 10 straight points, including back-to-back layups by Canty. The group has provided energy, enthusiasm, and, most importantly, depth. Laney followed her 18-point debut with 9 last night.

Trailing, 45-26, the Eagles rallied behind Katie Zenevitch. The sophomore forward scored 11 points during a 17-6 burst, including a 3-pointer. Deidra Smith’s layup with 8:33 left cut Rutgers’ lead to 51-46.

Rushdan answered with a 3-pointer on the other end, igniting a 12-2 run to put the game away.

Zenevitch finished with a career-high 15 points, and Tessa Holt added 12 for BC, which beat Fairleigh Dickinson in its opener. This was the 23d meeting between the teams, with Rutgers winning 14. BC won last season’s meeting, which was the first since 2004.

Maryland 82, Towson 46 - Freshman Brene Moseley scored 26 points, Laurin Mincy had 15, and the No. 10 Terrapins dominated the in-state Tigers on both ends of the court.

Maryland (3-0) shot 58 percent from the field, limited Towson to 27 percent shooting, and finished with a 48-30 rebounding advantage. Maryland used a 16-point run to take a 39-15 lead with five minutes left in the first half and coasted to the finish.

Vermont 65, Fairfield 48 - Shanai Heber scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping the Catamounts (2-0) hand the visiting Stags (3-1) their first loss. Vermont has won its first two games, after not winning any back-to-back games last season.

UMass-Lowell 57, Bentley 55 - Akeem Williams scored 25 points and three late free throws by Robbie Walton and Scotty Tavares-Taylor put the visiting River Hawks (3-1) back in the lead against the Falcons.


Long Beach State 86, Pittsburgh 76 - Casper Ware scored a career-high 28 points and the 49ers stunned the No. 9 Panthers, snapping their 58-game nonconference winning streak at the Petersen Events Center with ease.

James Ennis added 19 points for Long Beach State (2-0). Ashton Gibbs led Pitt (2-1) with 20 points and Nasir Robinson added 19, but the Panthers simply couldn’t keep up. Long Beach State took a 9-point halftime lead and never let up.

Pitt drew within 6 points on a few occasions, but each time the 49ers answered to become the first non-Big East team to beat the Panthers at home since Bucknell in 2005. The victory was Long Beach State’s first over a top-10 team since 1993.

Wisconsin 68, Colgate 41 - Reserve Ben Brust scored a career-high 17 points to lead the No. 14 Badgers over the visiting Raiders.

Brust, a sophomore guard, scored 13 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers. Wisconsin (2-0) was 8 of 14 from beyond the arc and built a 42-20 halftime lead.

John Brandenburg led Colgate (1-1) with 11 points.

Florida State 79, Stetson 66 - Okaro White scored 18 points to lead the No. 25 Seminoles past the visiting Hatters for the 17th straight time, dating to 1975.

Deividas Dulkys added 16 points for Florida State (3-0), who shot 57.1 percent from the field. Bernard James had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Joel Narburgs scored 14 points for Stetson (2-1).

Vermont 65, Dartmouth 53 - Brendan Bald scored a career-high 21 points and Pat Bergmann (14 points, 11 rebounds) had his first double-double as the Catamounts overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to beat the host Big Green.

Bald scored 19 of his points in the second half, when Vermont (1-1) used a 29-10 run at the start to gain control. Matt LaBove led Dartmouth (0-2) with 10 points.