Kevin Black scored a team-high 18 points to lead Rutgers to a 74-64 upset of sixth-ranked West Virginia yesterday in Piscataway, N.J., ending the Mountaineers' 23-game winning streak, longest in the nation.
The Mountaineers (24-2, 13-1 in the Eastern Eight) closed within 52-50 on a jump shot by Greg Jones, but Rutgers scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 62-52 lead with 2:18 remaining. The game was played before a record crowd of 9,000 at Rutgers Athletic Center.
Clarence Tillman scored 15 points and Brian Ellerbe, a freshman from Bowie (Md.) High School, had 13 for Rutgers (18-8, 9-5). Black is from Mackin High School in Washington.
The Scarlet Knights led, 26-20, at halftime, but Jones (15 points) and Phil Collins (12) kept the Mountaineers close until the final minutes.
"We should have done things that we didn't do, and maybe the big crowd had something to do with that," said West Virginia Coach Gale Catlett. "I told our guys that this (the streak) is something that may never happen again in the history of our university." This is just a great team to coach."
"We took advantage of their pressure," said Rutgers Coach Tom Young."We probably scored more points against the press than we gave up on turnovers."