- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 11, 2009

From combined dispatches

NOTRE DAME 61, RUTGERS 50: Tory Jackson scored all 12 of his points in the second half to lead the Fighting Irish (18-13) to a victory over the Scarlet Knights (11-21) on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament in New York.

Kyle McAlarney added 11 points for 10th-seeded Notre Dame, which will play seventh-seeded West Virginia in the second round Wednesday.

Hamady Ndiaye had 14 points for 15th-seeded Rutgers, which lost 18 of its last 20 games.

Notre Dame managed a 28-19 lead after a sluggish first half that saw the Irish shoot 33 percent (9-for-27), while Rutgers hit just 25 percent (8-for-32).

Jackson accounted for the last six points of a 12-0 run that gave Notre Dame a 45-32 lead with 11:32 to play. The Scarlet Knights went 5:01 without scoring, missing seven shots and committing two turnovers during the drought.

Rutgers went on an 8-0 run to get within 45-40 on a drive by Corey Chandler with 8:11 left. But Jackson then hit his only 3-pointer of the game.

The Scarlet Knights managed to get within 55-50 on another drive by Chandler with 1:11 left, but free throws by Tyrone Nash and Ryan Ayers sandwiched a breakaway layup by Chandler for the final margin.

Luke Harangody had seven points and 11 rebounds for the Irish, who were outrebounded 46-38.

DePAUL 67, CINCINNATI 57: Will Walker and Dar Tucker scored 17 points apiece, and the Blue Demons (9-23) ended their 18-game losing streak with a victory over the Bearcats (18-14).

DePaul, seeded 16th, for the moment avoided the most losses in a season in school history and advanced to the second round against eighth-seeded Providence on Wednesday.

Mac Koshwal had 12 points and nine rebounds for DePaul, which last won Dec. 28 against Alcorn State.

Deonta Vaughn had 15 points for Cincinnati, which dropped to 0-3 all-time in the Big East tournament.

Cincinnati led 41-38 before the Blue Demons went on a 15-2 run during which the Bearcats missed 13 of 14 shots from the field.

SETON HALL 68, SOUTH FLORIDA 54: Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points to lead the Pirates (17-14) to a victory over the Bulls (9-22), snapping their five-game losing streak in the Big East tournament.

Eugene Harvey added 16 points for Seton Hall in the opening-round win that sent the 11th-seeded Pirates on to face sixth-seeded and 18th-ranked Syracuse in the second round Wednesday.

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