Rutgers Top Seton Hall 61-48 :: Douby scores 18 points in the win. Rutgers Top Seton Hall 61-48

March 8, 2006

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NEW YORK (AP) - Quincy Douby scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half to help Rutgers beat Seton Hall 61-48 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

Rutgers (18-12), which won for the second time since coach Gary Waters announced March 1 he would resign at the end of the season, will play second-ranked Villanova on Thursday. The Wildcats (23-3) earned a first-round bye.

Douby, who led the Big East in scoring at 25.1 points, didn't make his first field goal until hitting a pull-up with 3:13 left in the first half.

The 10th-seeded Scarlet Knights, who have won four of their last five games, beat St. John's 82-70 on Sunday to get into the Big East tournament.

Donald Copeland provided the only offense for Seton Hall (18-11), which shot 25.4 percent (15-for-59) from the field. Copeland matched his career high with 28 points, including six 3-pointers. Kelly Whitney, the Pirates' second leading scorer at 15.5 points, hit his only field goal on a put-back with 9:55 left in the game. He finished with three points.

Anthony Farmer scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half for the Scarlet Knights.

Leading 23-19 at the break, Rutgers scored 13 of the first 15 points in the second half to take a 36-21 lead on Byron Joynes' dunk. Joynes scored six points during that surge.

Seton Hall then went on a 12-3 run, including two 3-pointers by Copeland, to close within 39-33. The Pirates could get no closer as Rutgers answered with an 11-3 surge to put the game away.

The teams got off to a slow start, shooting a combined 25 percent (13-for-52) in the first half. After combining for 10 points in the first two minutes of the game, the shooting went cold. The two teams didn't reach double figures until Copeland's 3-pointer with 6:57 left in the half gave the Pirates a 12-11 lead.

Rutgers went nearly 7:30 minutes without a field goal in the first half, but still managed to hold a four-point halftime lead.

The teams split their two regular-season meetings, with Rutgers winning at home 82-78 on Jan. 7. The Pirates won 73-67 on Feb. 5.