Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 61

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:00 PM
Location - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials - Ed Corbett, John Gaffney, Mike Roberts
Attendance - 20057

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Rutgers 19 42 61
Notre Dame 33 36 69

Recap


Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 61:
Pat Connaughton scored 15 of his season-high 21 points in the second half as the Irish held off several second-half charges to down the Scarlet Knights in the second round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Connaughton nailed a season-high six 3-pointers and Tom Knight added a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds to make up for an off-game from All-Big East forward Jack Cooley of Notre Dame (24-8), which will meet No. 13 Marquette in the quarterfinals. Cooley finished with two points and nine rebounds 

Austin Johnson had a career-high 18 points, including 15 in the second half, and Myles Mack also finished with 18 to lead Rutgers (15-16).
 
The Scarlet Knights shot a season-high 61.1 percent in Tuesday’s first-round victory over DePaul, but struggled mightily in the first half – missing 9-of-10 shots during one stretch – as the Irish took charge. Notre Dame took advantage of Rutgers’ shooting woes, getting back-to-back 3-pointers to help turn a two-point lead into 18-7 advantage midway through the first half.
 
The Irish extended the margin to 16 points before the break, but Johnson’s jumper at the start of the second half keyed an 11-0 run spanning both halves that pulled the Scarlet Knights within five. Johnson scored 13 of Rutgers’ next 17 points at one point – including nine straight – as the Scarlet Knights continued to keep the pressure on Notre Dame, but Connaughton answered almost every push himself with one of four second-half 3-pointers.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK: Notre Dame won its first game in the Big East tournament for the fifth straight season. … Rutgers F Wally Judge, who posted his third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s victory, finished with two points and one rebound. … The Irish finished 10-of-17 beyond the arc, improving to 12-1 in games in which they hit more than eight 3-pointers.


 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Wally Judge 15:00 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 0 1 2 4 0 1 0 2
Austin Johnson 28:00 8-13 0-0 2-5 3 3 6 0 1 1 1 1 18
Mike Poole 26:00 2-10 0-5 0-0 0 5 5 1 3 1 0 0 4
Myles Mack 36:00 6-14 3-5 3-3 0 4 4 3 1 1 1 0 18
Jerome Seagears 33:00 4-10 1-4 0-0 2 0 2 3 1 0 0 1 9
Kadeem Jack 21:00 5-7 0-0 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 0 1 0 10
Dane Miller 20:00 0-1 0-1 0-2 1 0 1 4 2 1 2 1 0
Derrick Randall 10:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Malick Kone 11:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 26-62 4-15 5-11 9 18 27 13 18 5 6 3 61
  41.9% 26.7% 45.5% Team Rebs: 7   Total TO: 6

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jack Cooley 25:00 1-6 0-0 0-0 3 6 9 0 4 0 1 0 2
Tom Knight 29:00 6-14 0-0 6-7 4 5 9 0 4 0 1 1 18
Eric Atkins 37:00 2-3 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 0 7
Jerian Grant 35:00 3-10 2-6 3-4 0 4 4 5 3 1 3 0 11
Pat Connaughton 37:00 7-10 6-8 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 1 0 21
Zach Auguste 10:00 0-2 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2
Cameron Biedscheid 11:00 1-5 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 4
Garrick Sherman 16:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 1 4
TOTAL 200 22-53 10-17 15-19 9 24 33 12 17 4 9 2 69
  41.5% 58.8% 78.9% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 9