Rutgers tops Villanova on last-second 4-point play

Rutgers' Jonathan Mitchell (24) sinks a foul shot to put Rutgers up by one with 0.8 seconds left in an NCAA college basketball game against No. 9 Villanova on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers won 77-76. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

February 9, 2011 7:45:42 PM PST
Jonathan Mitchell's four-point play with less than a second remaining capped a career-high 25-point performance and gave Rutgers a 77-76 victory over No. 9 Villanova on Wednesday night.

Mitchell, who was coming off a career-best 24 points in a loss to Notre Dame, hit a 3-point shot from about 25 feet and was fouled by Corey Fisher. After a Villanova timeout, Mitchell, a 74 percent free throw shooter, hit the tiebreaker.

Fisher's length-of-the-court inbound pass was caught by Maurice Sutton as he fell out of bounds. The Rutgers students poured on the court - nothing like the football fans did after a win over Cincinnati in 2006 - and the celebration was on.

Fisher had 23 points, went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and had 10 assists and five steals, but he had a miserable final 7 seconds.