PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Rutgers saved its best performance of the season for its final home game.
Jerome Coleman scored 27 points and made 7-of-12 3-pointers in his final appearance at the Rutgers Athletic Center as the Scarlet Knights stunned 10th-ranked Notre Dame, 95-82, in a Big East Conference contest.
Rutgers (12-14, 4-10 Big East West) snapped a four-game losing streak and kept alive its hopes of qualifying for the Big East tournament, tying West Virginia for sixth place in the division.
However, the Mountaineers swept the season against Rutgers, meaning the Scarlet Knights must win at least one of their two remaining games at Syracuse and St. John's to have a shot to continue their season.
Rutgers beat a top-10 opponent for just the fifth time in school history and the first time since February 1, 1982.
Calvin Wooten added 18 for Rutgers, which recorded a season high in points, surpassing its total in a 94-83 victory over Fordham on December 11.
Rutgers beat Syracuse, 68-65, here on January 29 but the Scarlet Knights were not as sharp in that one as they were on Saturday.
Rutgers torched Notre Dame by shooting 54 percent from the field (35-of-65), including 57 percent in the first half (17-of-30).
Coming off an 87-79 setback to Connecticut that snapped a 16-game home winning streak, the slumping Fighting Irish suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season and have dropped four of their last seven contests.
Notre Dame (21-7, 9-5) fell into fourth place in the West Division behind Seton Hall and likely saw its hopes of a first-round bye in the Big East tournament come to an end.
Rutgers blitzed Notre Dame early, racing to a 43-19 lead with five minutes left in the first half. The Fighting Irish used a 9-0 run to closen with 47-35 at the intermission but they could not slow down the fired-up Scarlet Knights, whose fans taunted Notre Dame with chants of "overrated."
Chris Thomas scored 24 points and Matt Carroll added 19 for the Fighting Irish, who struggled from the field, shooting just 38 percent (23-of-61).
Leading 12-8 four minutes into the contest, Rutgers took control with a 31-11 burst over the next 11 minutes. Wooten and Coleman combined for 17 points during the spurt. During one stretch, Rutgers made 10 consecutive shots.
Coleman, Rutgers' leading scorer, snapped out a major slump after scoring just 14 points combined in his previous three games against Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall. He was blanked against the Pirates.