DePaul's season ends with loss to Rutgers

DePaul's season ends with loss to Rutgers
March 12, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Wally Judge hit all nine of his shots and scored a season-high 20 points to go with 10 rebounds, leading Rutgers to a 76-57 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night in the first round of the Big East tournament.

Myles Mack added 19 points to help the No. 11-seeded Scarlet Knights (15-15) advance to the second round of the nation's showcase college basketball tournament for only the sixth time in 14 trips to Madison Square Garden.

Rutgers will face sixth-seeded and No. 24 Notre Dame (23-8) in the late game Wednesday night. The Irish beat the Scarlet Knights 69-66 in South Bend, Ind., in a game that came down to the final possession.

Cleveland Melvin had 25 points for DePaul (11-21), which ended the season with only one win in its last 17 games - and it came against Rutgers.

Judge's 9-for-9 performance matches a Big East tournament record for accuracy. Boston College's Craig Smith in 2005 and Ricky Wright of Villanova in 2001 were both 9 of 9 in conference tournament games.

The 19-point win was Rutgers' largest in a Big East tournament game and this one was a rare laughter for coach Mike Rice, who will be back next season, according to university athletic director Tim Pernetti.

The win was also the second straight for the Scarlet Knights, the first time they have done that since early January. It also was only their third in the last 14 games, something that had many thinking Rice's job was in jeopardy.

Rutgers won with phenomenal shooting and strong play underneath the baskets, where it held a 36-20 rebounding edge.

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