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.