Rutgers romps Herd

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 3, 2002

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jerome Coleman scored 28 points and Rutgers held Marshall to nearly half its season scoring average in a 75-56 victory Monday night.

Marshall (2-1) came into the game averaging 102 points but was harassed into 38.2 percent shooting and 21 turnovers by Rutgers (3-1).

Marshall's leading scorers, Ronald Blackshear and Marvin Black, were non-factors in the game.

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Blackshear, who was averaging 27.5 points, had 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting and sat the final 5:48 with three fouls. Black, who was averaging 21 points, scored his only two before fouling out with 14 minutes remaining.

Marshall was just 4-for-14 from three-point range after making 50 percent of its three-pointers in the first two games.

Ricky Shields had 10 points and four steals for Rutgers, while David Anderson scored all 15 of his points in the second half.

Ardo Armpalu added 12 for Marshall.

Rutgers never trailed in the contest.

Herve Lamizana had five of his seven blocked shots in the first eight minutes to set the tone for Rutgers, while Coleman and Juel Wiggan limited Blackshear to seven first-half points.

The Knights struggled offensively in the second half, allowing Marshall to creep within 66-51 with 5:32 remaining. Coleman then sandwiched two baskets around an Anderson bucket as Rutgers ended with a 9-5 run.

Marshall plays at Northern Illinois Saturday in a MAC game.