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Notre Dame holds off Rutgers

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


AP Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND -- Luke Harangody overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 15 rebounds and Tory Jackson added 18 points as Notre Dame hung on for a 70-65 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.

The Irish trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and led by as many as 12 with 4:56 left before finally winning, surviving a 9-0 run late by the Scarlet Knights (10-18, 1-14 Big East). Mike Rosario, who led Rutgers with 20 points, missed a pair of free throws with 41 seconds left that would have cut the lead to one.

After Harangody was called for an offensive foul with the Irish (16-11, 7-8 Big East) leading 65-62, Rosario missed a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and was called for the foul. Harangody made both free throws to put the game away.

Rutgers closed the score to 67-65 with a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left. But Anthony Farmer was called for an intentional foul and Jackson hit a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left and Harangody added another free throw a second later.

The Irish outscored the Scarlet Knights 43-30 in the second half when Harangody, who had just four points in the first half, scored 16.

Kyle McAlarney added 13 points for the Irish, who have won four of their last five following a seven-game losing streak. Farmer added 12 points for Rutgers, which has lost 14 of its last 15 and fell to 0-8 on the road in league games. Corey Chandler added 10 points.

Notre Dame opened the second half on an 11-2 run. When time was called during the midst of the run, Irish coach Mike Brey ran out on the floor and encouraged the crowd to get into the game, pumping his arm and yelling: "C'mon! Let's go!"

Immediately following the timeout, Jackson hit an 18-foot jumper to give the Irish a 38-37 lead. After trading the lead five times over the next several minutes, the Irish took the lead for good when Jackson scored on a fast-break layup off a steal by Ryan Ayers. Harangody then added a rebound basket to stretch the lead to three.

The Irish later extended the lead to 51-45 on a three-point play by Harangody. The Irish opened a 56-47 lead when Jackson hit a 3-pointer, went up by 10 when Kyle McAlarney sank a 3. Jackson then made a pair of free throws to give the Irish a 65-53 lead.

But Rosario hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run by the Scarlet Knights, who closed to 65-62 when a shot inside by Earl Pettis hit high off the back board and fell in with 2:15 left to cut the lead to 65-62.

The win kept Notre Dame's hope for a third straight NCAA appearance alive. At halftime it appeared as though the Scarlet Knights might be headed for their first league win of the season. They led 35-27, were holding the Irish to 39 percent shooting while making 54 percent of their shots. They also held Harangody, the league's leading scorer, to 2-of-12 shooting.

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