STEVE LAVIN INTERVIEW
DWIGHT HARDY INTERVIEW
NEW YORK (AP) -- Despite not making a field goal over the final 4 minutes, St. John's (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) got some of its Madison Square Garden magic back Wednesday with a 65-63 victory over Rutgers in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters.
Dwight Hardy had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Red Storm (21-10), who improved to 8-1 on the Garden court this season with the win that sends them into the quarterfinals Thursday against fourth-seeded Syracuse (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP).
James Beatty had 15 points for the Scarlet Knights (15-17).
Sean Evans had 13 points and nine rebounds for St. John's but the 55 percent free throw shooter came up big on the line, making both ends of a 1-and-1 with 17.7 seconds left that gave the Red Storm a 64-61 lead.