March 6, 2004
NEW YORK (AP) – Chris Thomas scored 25 points, and Notre Dame kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive by routing St. John’s 89-62 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Thomas was 9-of-14 from the field, including a 6-for-11 performance from 3-point range.
Jordan Cornette added 12 points to help the Irish (17-11, 9-7) to their third straight victory and sixth in eight game.
Notre Dame was 17-of-37 on 3-pointers, while the Red Storm (6-21, 1-15) were 3-of-13 from long range.
Daryll Hill led St. John’s with 25 points, and Kyle Cuff added 18.
St. John’s, which missed the Big East tournament for the first time in the 25-year history of the conference, lost its fifth in a row and eighth in its last nine.
The Irish opened the second half on a 10-2 run behind Jordan’s seven points to make it 49-35.
St. John’s cut it to 59-49, but Colin Falls and Tim Timmermans each hit 3-pointers in a 12-4 run that turned the game into a route Falls and Timmermans each finished with 11 points.