St. John's tops Notre Dame, 71-65

The Baltimore Sun

D. J. Kennedy scored 20 points, including four free throws in the final 15 seconds, and had 10 rebounds to send St. John's past Notre Dame, 71-65, at Madison Square Garden yesterday.

The Red Storm (10-4, 1-1 Big East) ended a three-game losing streak by holding the Fighting Irish (10-3, 1-1) to one of their worst three-point shooting games of the season.

Notre Dame went 4-for-17, including a 1-for-5 effort by long-range specialist Kyle McAlarney.

No. 2 Connecticut 80, Rutgers 49: : Hasheem Thabeet led a balanced attack with 15 points and eight rebounds, and the host Huskies (12-1, 1-1 Big East) snapped back from their first loss of the season with a win over the Scarlet Knights (9-6, 0-2).

Jerome Dyson added 14 points and Jeff Adrien had 13 for UConn. Stanley Robinson, making his first start of the year, chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

No. 3 Pittsburgh 70, No. 11 Georgetown 54:: DeJuan Blair had 20 points and 17 rebounds to win his duel with Georgetown standout freshman Greg Monroe, and the Panthers (14-0, 2-0 Big East) never trailed in their win over the Hoyas (10-2, 1-1) at Verizon Center in Washington.

In a rematch of the past two Big East tournament championship games, Pittsburgh broke open a close contest with a 17-4 run midway through the second half.

No. 6 Wake Forest 94, Brigham Young 87: : The Demon Deacons (13-0) ended the nation's longest home winning streak by beating the Cougars (11-2). BYU had won 53 straight.

No. 10 Michigan State 77, Northwestern 66:: Raymar Morgan scored 22 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds to lead the visiting Spartans (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) to a victory over the Wildcats (8-4, 0-2), the Spartans' seventh straight win.

Kansas 92, No. 14 Tennessee 85: : Sherron Collins had 26 points and nine assists, and Cole Aldrich had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the host Jayhawks (10-3) knock off the Volunteers (9-3).

Needing a win against a big-name school, Kansas fed off the energy of a rowdy crowd to build an early 16-point lead, then held off the Vols down the stretch for its 32nd straight win at Allen Fieldhouse.

No. 20 Clemson 79, East Carolina 66:: K.C. Rivers had 18 points and reserve Jerai Grant added 14, and the host Tigers improved to 14-0 for the second time in three seasons with victory over the Pirates (8-5).

No. 21 Minnesota 68, No. 24 Ohio State 59:: Lawrence Westbrook led a typically balanced offense with 15 points, and the Gophers (13-1, 1-1) salvaged a split in the opening week of Big Ten play by beating the Buckeyes (10-2, 1-1).

No. 22 Xavier 84, Virginia 70: : B.J. Raymond scored 24 points and hit four of the visiting Musketeers' (11-2) nine three-pointers, and Xavier took a big early lead before beating the Cavaliers (6-5)

No. 25 Butler 75, Valparaiso 62:: Matt Howard scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Willie Veasley had a career-high 15 points to lead the visiting Bulldogs (12-1) past the Crusaders (4-10).

More ACC

Miami 76, North Carolina Central 42:: James Dews scored 16 points as the host Hurricanes (10-3) shook off an early challenge from the winless Eagles (0-16).

Alabama 88, Georgia Tech 77: : Ronald Steele scored 23 points and had 10 steals to lead the Crimson Tide (10-3) over the visiting Yellow Jackets (8-5, 0-1).

Florida 68, North Carolina State 66: : Nick Calathes scored 32 points and Dan Werner added 10 as the Gators (12-2) rallied to beat the Wolfpack (9-3).

Florida State 69, Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi 48:: Toney Douglas scored 17 points and Derwin Kitchen added 13 as the Seminoles (13-2) beat the visiting Islanders (6-8). The Seminoles closed the game by outscoring the Islanders 29-14 over the final 11 minutes.

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