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St. John's gets its first Big East road win

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - D.J. Kennedy made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left and St. John's held on to win, 69-68, last night for its first Big East road win of the season.

It was the second straight win for St. John's (14-10, 4-8) after five straight losses. St. John's had been 0-5 in Big East road games.

Luke Harangody sat out with a bone bruise on his right knee for the Fighting Irish (17-9, 6-7). Notre Dame's Tory Jackson missed a pair of three-pointers in the closing seconds.

Tim Abromaitis led the Irish with 24 points. His three-pointer with 90 seconds left put the Irish ahead 66-64.

Dwight Hardy, who led the Red Storm with 16, made a three with 57 seconds left to give St. John's a 67-66 lead. But Tyrone Nash, who had a career-high 16, made two free throws with 38 seconds left to put Notre Dame back in front.

The Red Storm went ahead 59-58 on a three-point play by Justin Burrell, then Anthony Mason Jr. hit a three-pointer with 4 minutes left to give St. John's a four-point lead.

Hardy was 5-for-7 from three-point range and helped spark a 16-2 run in the first half when the Red Storm hit four straight three-pointers.

St. John's was 10-for-20 overall from behind the arc. Kennedy, Mason and Burrell finished with 12 points each for the Red Storm, which shot 48 percent for the game.

Ben Hansbrough had 13 points for the Irish, whose dwindling NCAA Tournament hopes fade a bit more.

Jackson, who had a career-high 25 points in a loss at Seton Hall on Thursday, missed his first seven shots, finishing 1-for-10 from the field, and had five turnovers with three assists.

St. John's forced 13 turnovers.

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