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Rutgers Melts Down, Loses to Providence by 1

A basketball game is won and lost in many places.

So, don't necessarily look at Mike Coburn's missed free throw at the end of the game as the sole bad play.  Instead, looked toward the times Dane Miller lost the ball on a fast break.  Look toward Austin Carroll's missed open three pointers and second half intentional foul.  Look towards a team that didn't show mental toughness down the stretch.

More after the jump...

Gilvydas Biruta played one of his best offensive games, scoring 21 points.  The entire team came out with a fast opening to the second half, actually ballooning a six point lead to thirteen.  But it wasn't enough, as Providence started chipping away. 

 Marshon Brooks played like a senior and in the last seven minutes of the game, he really turned it on, finishing with 28 points. The key play came with 13 seconds left, when Brooks went to the hoop and banked in a floater to give the Friars a 2 points lead.

On the game's final play, Coburn drove to the hoop and was fouled with just over one second left.  Rice was quoted in several articles saying that's what he'd want, a senior going to the line at the end of the game.  Coburn rattled in the first shot and missed the second.  The buzzer sounded.  Game over.

Once Providence turned up the pressure and pressed Rutgers in the last 8 minutes, the Scarlet Knights couldn't hold on the ball.  Too may turnovers, too many missed shots. 

Now one has to ask what the Scarlet Knights have left.  Seton Hall has been on fire lately, winning their past two games big.  Do the Knights have enough in them to recover from this game and take on their in state rival?

Game will be just after 2 pm on ESPN U.

Mike Rice's Postgame.