Marcus Hatten scored 18 points to lead St. John's to an 83-80 victory over No. 17 Notre Dame yesterday, sending the Red Storm into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York.
In the day's second game, Providence defeated West Virginia, 73-50. In the evening session, Seton Hall beat Miami, 67-52.
The Red Storm almost lost all of a 23-point lead before securing its fourth straight win.
"We're a different team than we were a couple of weeks ago," Coach Mike Jarvis said. "We've made some adjustments."
The Fighting Irish entered the first round of the Big East having lost three of four, and in each of the losses they fell behind early. This was the biggest deficit and they still almost forced overtime.
St. John's (16-12) will play Boston College in Thursday's quarters.
The Red Storm led by 21 points at halftime and were up 51-28 1 minute 13 seconds into the second half.
Notre Dame, which trailed by 15, 12 and 11 at the half in the three recent losses, went on an 11-0 run to get back in it. Still, the Irish (22-9) didn't get the deficit under 10 points until there was 13:12 to go, and it seemed St. John's, the league's worst three-point shooting team, had a long-range answer every time to get its lead back over 10 points.
Notre Dame then went on a shooting tear, hitting eight straight shots and 10 of 11 to get within 82-80 on a three-pointer by Matt Carroll with 1:10 to play.
Hatten missed a three as the shot clock wound down and Notre Dame's Torin Francis, a 66 percent free throw shooter, missed two with 10 seconds to go.
Hatten was fouled with 8.6 seconds left and he made the first. Carroll, dribbling through traffic, let go a three just before the buzzer but it rattled out.
In the second game, Ryan Gomes had 26 points and 15 rebounds as the Friars (16-12) snapped a five-game losing streak in the tournament. Next up is No. 5 Pittsburgh.
Providence, which came into the tournament having won five of six, had a 20-point lead in the first half and was up 44-27 at the break. West Virginia (14-15) never got closer than 15 points in the second half.
In the evening game, Kelly Whitney had 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Seton Hall took advantage of 62 percent shooting in the first half to pull away from Miami.
The Pirates (17-11) will play Connecticut in the quarterfinals.
Andre Sweet had 16 points for Seton Hall, which snapped a two-game losing streak that followed a nine-game winning streak. John Allen had 15 points and Andre Barrett added 13 points and 10 assists.
Paulo Coelho had 12 points for the Hurricanes (11-17), who finished the season losing seven of their last eight games.
* NORTHEAST: In New York, Wagner earned its first NCAA tournament berth with a 78-61 over St. Francis (N.Y.).
Playing in an old-fashioned campus gym that holds just more than 2,000, the Seahawks (21-10) used the first-half scoring of Jermaine Hall, NEC player of the year, to grab control and then wore down the Terriers. The win was the 900th in school history, and the biggest one.
Hall scored 27 points, 22 of them in the first half. He made 12 of 16 field goals and got 12 rebounds.
The victory sent Coach Dereck Whittenburg (DeMatha High) back to the tournament, 20 years after he played for North Carolina State when it beat Houston for the championship.
* BIG SKY: In Ogden, Utah, Jermaine Boyette scored 29 points as Weber State defeated Eastern Washington, 60-57, to win the conference tournament and NCAA berth.
Weber State (26-5) won its 17th straight game, which is the second-longest winning streak in the nation behind Kentucky. The loss was the third straight for Eastern Washington (18-12) in the Big Sky championship game.
Eastern Washington's Marc Axton and Chris Hester each scored 17 points.
* CONFERENCE USA: In Louisville, four teams advanced to the conference quarterfinals. Jasper Johnson scored on a tip-in with 3.8 seconds left as Southern Mississippi upset Cincinnati, 63-61. Reggie Kohn made seven three-pointers and scored 23 points to lead South Florida to a 76-74 win over DePaul. Brandon Spann scored 16 points and Ivan Pjevcevic scored 12 on a career-high four three-pointers as Tulane beat Houston, 74-52. Eric Bush scored 21 points as Alabama-Birmingham dominated Charlotte, 85-61.