Carson scores 21 as Rutgers beats Michigan StateJan 29, 2007 - 2:08 AM PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Essence Carson scored seven of her 21 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes to lift Rutgers to a 63-57 win over No. 21 Michigan State.
Matee Ajavon scored 14 points and Kia Vaughn grabbed 14 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (12-6), who won for the seventh time in eight games.
After sitting for three minutes with foul trouble, Carson returned with six minutes left in the game and Rutgers trailing, 55-51.
She converted a follow shot then hit a 3-pointer to give Rutgers a 57-54 lead with 1:57 left. The Scarlet Knights sealed the win at the free-throw line, as Epiphanny Prince, Carson and Ajavon each hit both ends of one-and-ones in the final 32 seconds.
Victoria Lucas-Perry had 13 points and freshman Allyssa DeHaan added 12 and four blocked shots for Michigan State (15-6), which lost its second straight game to an unranked opponent.
- NCAA WOMENS BB
FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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MICHIGAN ST (21) 30 27 57
RUTGERS 32 31 63 FINAL
Jan 28 7:00 PM
- NCAA WOMENS BB
MICHIGAN ST (21) 30
RUTGERS 32 HALFTIME
Jan 28 5:49 PM
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