The Rutgers basketball program pulled off what some would call a miracle Wednesday night. The Scarlet Knights, who trailed by as much as 13 points in the second half, used a last-second 4-point play from senior forward Jonathan Mitchell, who netted a game-best 25 points, to defeat the Villanova Wildcats (No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) in a Big East Conference game at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Rutgers (13-11, 4-8 Big East) trailed 76-73 with 6.3 seconds remaining after 'Nova's senior guard Corey Fisher made one of two free throws. However, Fisher went from upset savior to goat when he fouled Mitchell, who attempted a game-tying 3-pointer as the game's final seconds ticked away. Mitchell's 3-ball found the bottom of the net and the senior converted the miracle 4-point play that helped give the Scarlet Knights the one-point victory, which led to fans storming the court.
Mitchell scored 12 of his 25 in the last eight minutes. Senior guard James Beatty added 15 points, including a 3-pointer that trimmed 'Nova margin to 75-73 with 11 seconds to go. Freshmen forwards Mike Poole chipped in with 11-bench points while teammate Gilvydas Biruta tallied nine points and nine rebounds.