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Monday / February 20.

By MIKE McCURRY

NEW YORK — Three minutes and 21 seconds was all that separated Rutgers on Saturday from securing its first win in 26 tries in Big Ten contests away from the Louis Brown Athletic Center, better known as the RAC.

A pair of free throws by 7-footer CJ Gettys extended the Scarlet Knights’ lead to nine, their largest of the game.

Factoring in Wisconsin’s offensive ineptitude to that point and the hyperbolic lid on the rim all afternoon for both teams, a nine-point margin felt more like 20.

Once again, Little Sister took down Big Sister.

In the latest meeting between the Williams siblings, Serena beat her older sister Venus, 6-4, 6-4, to win the Australian Open championship, Serena’s seventh title Down Under and her Open-Era record 23rd major crown.

Serena, 35, surpassed Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era and now trails only Margaret Court’s 24 for most all-time among men or women. She could tie and go ahead of Court later in 2017. Serena also became the oldest woman ever to win a Grand Slam title.

“Serena Williams, that’s my little sister, guys,” Venus told the crowd at Melbourne Park. “Congratulations, Serena, on No. 23. I have been right there with you. Some of them I’ve lost against you.

“I’m enormously proud of you, you mean the world to me.”