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.Lawrence and Qa'rraan Calhoun each had 13 points for the Red Storm. Patterson and Lamont Hamilton each added 11.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.