"Upset Sunday" in the Big East concluded the only way possible with D.J. Kennedy hitting two foul shots with 12 seconds left to give St. John's a 69-68 upset win at Notre Dame. The Irish were without the services of last season's Big East player of the year, Luke Harangody, who sat out with a deep bone bruise on his right knee.
Even so, St. John's finally finished a conference game in which it held a second-half lead on the road. The Red Storm (14-10, 4-8 Big East) led by nine points early in the second half, but Notre Dame (17-9, 6-7) came back to lead for only the second time in the second half when Tyrone Nash made two free throws for a 68-67 advantage with 38 seconds left in regulation.
St. John's coach Norm Roberts called time out and set up a play for Kennedy, who drove to the basket and missed but drew contact. He calmly sank both foul shots to put the Red Storm back in front. Even though the Irish needed only a two-point basket and had time to set up a play, Tory Jackson took a wild three-pointer, got his own rebound and then missed a second from long range at the buzzer.
The win was the second straight for St. John's in Big East play after five straight losses. Dwight Hardy topped the Red Storm with 16 points, hitting five of seven shots from three-point range. Kennedy had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists; Anthony Mason Jr. added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Justin Burrell had 12 points, four boards and three assists. The Johnnies also got a solid performance from point guard Malik Boothe, who had seven points, five assists and just one turnover. They shot 50 percent from three-point range (10 of 20).
Tim Abromaitis led Notre Dame with 24 points; Nash had 16, and Ben Hansbrough chipped in 13 points. St. John's has six Big East games remaining, starting with a Wednesday date at Carnesecca Arena against Seton Hall (14-9, 5-7), which won earlier in the day over DePaul (8-16, 1-11), 79-71, the only Big East result that wasn't an upset after Syracuse lost to Louisville and Rutgers topped Georgetown.