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

No. 7 Irish stymied on 3-pointers

No. 3 Pitt beats No. 11 Georgetown

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January 04, 2009|By From Sun news services

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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