It came down to one possession.
When you're a team starting over and you're facing the number 2 team in the country, what more can you ask for?
More after the jump...
Rutgers came out of the gates hot, taking a 7-1 lead. They battled hard, hands up, playing great defense. Unfortunately, the refs were whistle happy early in second half, and Gilvydas Biruta was out of the game without making much of an impact.
The crowd was loud, trying to will Rutgers to win. The players gave everything they had. Robert Lumpkins hit two big threes late in the game to keep Rutgers close. Dane Miller posterized the whole Pitt team, with a dunk to pull them even closer. They fouled out big man Gary McGahee. They contained Brad Wannamaker.
But it came down to the buckets. And Rutgers couldn't get the one it wanted. On a key stop, Ashton Gibbs was able to switch his man and Miller missed his switch. It ended with a 3 point swish.
But it wasn't enough.
Mitchell, Lumpkins, and Coburn each had 12 points. But it wasn't enough.
Rutgers isn't there yet, under Mike Rice. But it's closer than it has been in four years.
And help is on the way. Unfortunately, it won't be here until next November.
St. John's on Wednesday.