Game two of the 2011 Big East Tournament was a much better matchup than the first, with Rutgers topping Seton Hall 76-70 in overtime. Jeremy Hazell made a deep three-pointer to send the game into an extra frame, which followed two lead changes in the final two minutes of regulation and three in the last five. After regulation, these New Jersey rivals slugged their way to three more lead changes until Rutgers came out on top.
They'll get St. John's in tomorrow's round two at 2 pm ET. The two teams played once this season, with the Red Storm winning 58-56 in Carnesecca Arena.
Though Rutgers jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first half and Seton Hall held a 34-26 edge shortly after halftime, this one was tooth-and-nail otherwise. Something about the opening minutes of halves, I guess.
The Knights and Pirates played close in both of their meetings this season, splitting the pair, and this one was a fitting tiebreaker. It was not at all a pretty game, but it was dramatic.
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Updated 2011 Big East Tournament bracket:
First round: Tuesday, March 8
No. 9 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 16 DePaul Blue Devils, 97-71
No. 13 Rutgers Scarlet Knights def. No. 12 Seton Hall Pirates, 76-70
No. 10 Villanova Wildcats vs. No. 15 South Florida Bulls, 7, ESPNU
No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. No. 14 Providence Friars, 9, ESPNU
Second round: Wednesday, March 9
No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas vs. UConn, noon, ESPN
No. 5 St. John's Red Storm vs. Rutgers, 2, ESPN
No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Villanova/USF, 7, ESPN
No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marquette/Providence, 9, ESPN
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 10
No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Georgetown/UConn, noon, ESPN
No. 4 Syracuse Orange vs. St. John's/Seton Hall/Rutgers, 2, ESPN
No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Cincinnati/Villanova/USF, 7, ESPN
No. 3 Louisville Cardinals vs. West Virginia/Marquette/Providence, 9, ESPN
Semifinals: Friday, March 11
Quarterfinals game 1 winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 7, ESPN
Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 7, ESPN
Championship game: Saturday, March 12
Semifinals winners, 9, ESPN
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