NEW YORK (AP) -- Avery Patterson's 3-point basket with 50.4 seconds to play broke a 52-52 tie, the 11th of the game, and St. John's went on to beat Rutgers 60-55 on Thursday night.
Eugene Lawrence made 1-of-2 free throws, and a layup by Patterson with 17 seconds remaining built the lead to 58-52 for the Red Storm (15-11, 6-7 Big East).
The Scarlet Knights (10-16, 3-10) never cut the deficit to fewer than four after then. Marquis Webb connected on two free throws with 13 seconds to play to make it 58-54.
J.R. Inman had 16 points for the Scarlet Knights. Adrian Hill had 13.
The game was tied 21-21 at the half, and there were eight lead changes in the second half. St. John's, which leads the series 21-11, won for the 11th time in the last 13 meetings.
After Hamilton's layup got St. John's even 25-25, Anthony Farmer had two consecutive baskets to give Rutgers a 29-25 advantage at 17:03, its biggest of the game.
St. John's had lost three of its last five games. Rutgers lost for the eighth time in its last 10 games.