Irish subdue stubborn Rutgers in New York

All America Luke Harangody was off his game and only played 25 minutes against Rutgers on Tuesday but his teammates picked him up and won over the Scarlet Knights, 61-50 at Madison Square Garden. Tory Jackson led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points, 10 in the second half. A key to the win was the Irish perimeter defense in the first half when Rutgers hit only one, three-point basket. Rutgers guard Mike Rosario was only 5 of 17 from the field.

Harangody was ineffective in scoring as he only had 7 points. His lowest output of the season. Kyle McAlarney had 11, Ryan Ayers 10 and Ty Nash came off the bench for 9. Nash also hit 5 of his 6 free throws.

Notre Dame, which has committed the fewest turnovers in the nation, had only seven.

The Irish spurted to a lead of nine at half and pushed it to a double-digit advantage before Rutgers got within three. Jackson hit a big three-pointer while Ty Nash canned two free throws to deflate any chance for the Rutgers upset.

ND is now 18-13 on the season and will play West Virginia in round two on Wednesday in NYC. at 7pm. The Moutaineers won the earlier meeting in Morgantown.

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