Notre Dame holds on for 69-66 win vs. Rutgers

Notre Dame holds on for 69-66 win vs. Rutgers
January 19, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton, left, attempts to drive around Rutgers guard Eli Carter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Jack Cooley had 19 points, 10 rebounds and blocked a shot with 2 seconds left to help No. 20 Notre Dame hang on for a 69-66 win over Rutgers on Saturday night, ending a two-game losing streak for the Fighting Irish.

Rutgers used a 6-1 run late to close to 67-66 when Eli Carter scored on a layup with 7 seconds left then forced a held ball on Eric Atkins two seconds later. Carter drove inside for the layup, but Cooley blocked the shot. Atkins then made a pair of free throws for the Irish (15-3, 3-2 Big East).

Myles Mack 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed as the Scarlet Knights (14-4, 3-3) lost for the ninth straight time at Notre Dame.

Pat Connaughton made four 3-pointers and added 17 points and Atkins had 14.

Carter led Rutgers with 20 points and Mack had 12.