SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Torin Francis scored 21 points and Notre
Dame shot a season-high 59 percent from the floor Wednesday to beat
undermanned Rutgers 90-63, matching its biggest Big East victory
ever and ending a five-game losing streak.
The Irish (11-10, 2-8 Big East), who had lost the five games by
a combined 11 points, made sure the Scarlet Knights (13-10, 3-7)
didn't have a chance to break their hearts.
The Irish ended the first half on a 12-2 run to open a 38-26
lead, then opened the second half on a 30-15 spurt to go ahead
68-41 lead. The Irish eventually extended the lead to 79-50 on a
3-pointer by Russell Carter. Rutgers never got closer than 22
The 27-point win matched Notre Dame's previous biggest Big East
victory, an 89-62 win over St. John's in the regular-season finale
Already down two regulars because of injuries to Adrian Hill
(arthroscopic surgery on left knee on Feb. 2) and starter JR Inman
(fractured right leg on Sunday), Rutgers also was without starting
point guard Anthony Farmer after he injured his right shoulder in
Then starting center Byron Joynes aggravated a toe injury in the
first half and did not return, finishing with no points in 8
minutes of play.
Carter had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Irish, Chris
Quinn added 16 points and eight assists and Rick Cornett had 14
points and seven rebounds. The Irish outscored Rutgers 40-24 inside
and the 59 percent shooting beat the 57 percent they shot against
Providence on Jan. 14 -- their last victory.
The five-game losing streak was Notre Dame's longest since the
1993-94 season, when the Irish lost six straight. Rutgers has lost
six of its last seven games.