NEW YORK (AP) — Paris Horne scored 23 points and St. John's beat Georgetown 64-59 on Tuesday, the Red Storm's first win in the Big East tournament since 2003.
Sean Evans had 12 points and 13 rebounds for St. John's (16-16), which made just one appearance in the tournament at Madison Square Garden over the past five years. The 13th-seeded Red Storm advanced to the second round where they will face fifth-seeded and 21st-ranked Marquette
Chris Wright had 14 points and Greg Monroe added 13 for the 12th-seeded Hoyas (16-14), who were ranked as high as No. 9 in the country this season but have lost 11 of their last 15 games.
Georgetown used a 12-0 run to take a 49-46 lead with 6:04 to play. Horne's three-point play with 3:42 left gave the Red Storm the lead for good at 53-52, and they went 6-of-7 from the free throw line the rest of the way, finishing 24-of-29 from there for the game.
DePaul nabs first Big East win of year over CincinnatiNEW YORK — Will Walker and Dar Tucker scored 17 points apiece and DePaul ended its 18-game losing streak with a 67-57 victory over Cincinnati on Tuesday in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
The 16th-seeded Blue Demons (9-23) 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 the Bearcats (18-14), who 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.
Tucker, limited to five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, scored all his points in the second half — nine in the final 5:30.
Notre Dame triumphs over Rutgers
NEW YORK — Tory Jackson scored all 12 of his points in the second half to lead Notre Dame to a 61-50 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
Kyle McAlarney added 11 points for the 10th-seeded Fighting Irish (18-13), who will play seventh-seeded West Virginia in the second round on Wednesday.
Hamady Ndiaye had 14 points for the 15th-seeded Scarlet Knights (11-21), who lost 18 of their last 20 games.
Notre Dame managed a 28-19 lead after a sluggish first half that saw the Irish shoot 33% (9-for-27), while Rutgers hit just 25% (8-for-32).
Seton Hall snaps losing streak at USF's expense
NEW YORK — Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points to lead Seton Hall to a 68-54 victory over South Florida on Tuesday night, snapping the Pirates' five-game losing streak in the Big East tournament.
Eugene Harvey added 16 points for Seton Hall (17-14) in the opening-round win that sent the 11th-seeded Pirates on to face sixth-seeded Syracuse in the second round on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
Dominique Jones had 14 points for the Bulls (9-22), who were making their first appearance in the Big East tournament since joining the conference four years ago.
Hazell scored 12 points in the Pirates' 21-9 run to open the second half that gave them a 51-41 lead with 12:05 left. Seton Hall, which last won a game in the tournament in the opening round in 2003, pulled away by holding South Florida to three field goals over the final 11 minutes.
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