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No. 24 Notre Dame tops Rutgers 69-61 in Big East tourney

Notre Dame tops Rutgers in Big East tourney

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

NEW YORK — Pat Connaughton scored a season-high 21 points and led Notre Dame’s impressive show from 3-point range as the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish beat Rutgers 69-61 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.

Tom Knight had a career-high 18 points for sixth-seeded Notre Dame (24-8), which will face third-seeded and 12th-ranked Marquette in the quarterfinals Thursday night.

The Irish have reached the semifinals in each of the last three years but haven’t been able to get that first tournament title — and this is the Fighting Irish’s last chance since they are leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Senior forward Austin Johnson had a career-high 18 points for the Scarlet Knights (15-16), who were able to cut into Notre Dame’s lead several times in the second half only to see Connaughton find a way to start the Irish offense in a hurry.




 Chicago Cubs' John Baker, left, scores the game winning run off a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro, as the ball gets past Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario (20) during the 16th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Chicago. The Cubs' won 4-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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 Detroit Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria looks to right field after giving up a two run home run to Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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 Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu is congratulated by Alexei Ramirez after hitting a two run home run off of Detroit Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Updated at 10:33 p.m.
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