Scores

Final

Rutgers 70

(16-10, 7-8 Big East)

Virginia Tech 71

(13-13, 6-9 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, March 3, 2004

    Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia

    1 2 T
    RUTG 36 3470
    VT 28 4371

    Virginia Tech 71, Rutgers 70

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Tech is going to the Big East postseason tournament for the first time in its fourth and final conference season after beating Rutgers 71-70 at the buzzer Wednesday night.

    A Coleman Collins tip-in of a blocked Jamon Gordon shot will send Virginia Tech (13-13, 6-9) to Madison Square Garden while Rutgers (16-10, 7-8) may have lost any chance for an at-large NCAA playoff bid.

    Rutgers coach Gary Waters thought the basket may have come after the game ended.

    "I still have questions on that last shot," Waters said.

    Rutgers had blown the Hokies out in their previous meeting this season: The Scarlet Knights had a 30-0 run to win 85-52 on their home court.

    Wednesday night, the Hokies jumped to a 7-4 lead, but Rutgers took off on a 15-4 tear and ended up with a 36-28 advantage at the break.

    Rutgers stretched its lead to 11 after intermission at 41-30 on a Marquis Webb 3-pointer, then went up by 15 on a Ricky Shields basket at with 14:06 left.

    After Rutgers made it 56-41, Tech went on a 22-9 run to draw within 65-64 with 3:31 to play. Smothering defense in the paint helped fuel the comeback.

    The Hokies went ahead 67-65 on Gordon's layup and foul shot.

    Rutgers regained the lead at 70-69 on two foul shots by Herve Lamizana with 23 seconds left. Lamizana then blocked a Collins shot, but Juel Wiggan missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for Rutgers.

    Gordon's jumper was blocked by Lamizana, but the ball was rebounded by an unguarded Collins, who put it back in with less than a second to play.

    Bryant Matthews had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his last appearance at Cassell Coliseum. Gordon had 17 and Collins added 14 for the Hokies, who shot 55 percent in the second half.

    Shields paced the Scarlet Knights with 17, Lamizana had 14 and Adrian Hill added 11.

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