NEW YORK – Moe Harkless had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead St. John’s to a 61-58 victory over No. 20 Notre Dame on Saturday, the Red Storm’s first win over a ranked team in 11 games this season.
D’Angelo Harrison added 15 points for St. John’s (13-16, 6-10 Big East), while Amir Garrett had 11, including the drive that gave the Red Storm a 61-58 lead with 8.9 seconds to play.
Scott Martin and Jack Cooley both had 18 points for the Irish (20-9, 12-4), who had won a program-record nine straight conference games. Alex Dragevich missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer for Notre Dame, which shot a season-worst 4 for 31 from three-point range (12.9 percent). The Irish could have moved into a tie for second place in the Big East with No. 10 Marquette.
Cooley had 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double in his last six games.
Harkless hit a three-pointer that gave St. John’s a 53-41 lead with 9:15 to play. Notre Dame went on an 11-2 run to get within 55-52 with 4:51 left. Eric Atkins capped the run with a three-pointer, Notre Dame’s only one of the second half in 14 attempts.
The Irish closed within one point twice in the final 1:28, but Harkless scored down low the first time and Garrett connected on the drive the second time.
Notre Dame came into the game shooting 34.3 percent from three-point range, while St. John’s entered the game allowing teams to shoot 34.6 percent from beyond the arc.
This was St. John’s last home game of the season and the Red Storm finished 4-7 at Madison Square Garden