Irish Escape Rutgers With a 'W'

Notre Dame keeps pace in tight Big East race
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 6:26 PM CST
Irish Escape Rutgers With a 'W'
Rutgers' Corey Chandler reacts to a missed rebound with a one-point difference and 13 seconds left in the second half of Big East men's basketball action on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, in Piscataway, N.J. Notre Dame won, 71-68. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Notre Dame bounced back from a tough loss against Connecticut Wednesday, getting out with a 71-68 win over host Rutgers, reports the AP. It wasn't easy though. With 10 seconds left, the Scarlet Knights missed an easy defensive rebound opportunity on a missed free throw, handing the ball back to Notre Dame instead of having a chance to go down and attempt a potential winning basket.

Tory Jackson nearly had a triple-double for the 18th-ranked Irish with 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, while Kyle McAlarney had 16 points, including the two clinching free throws. Corey Chandler's 25-footer to tie missed badly, dropping Rutgers into last place in the Big East. Notre Dame, at 9-3, improved to only one-half game behind first-place Louisville and Georgetown. (Read more Notre Dame Fighting Irish stories.)

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