Carter leads Irish in upset over ‘Bama
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Russell Carter scored 27 points to lead the
upstart Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 99-85 upset of the No. 4 Alabama
Kyle McAlarney and Colin Falls scored 20 points each for the Fighting Irish
(7-1). Rob Kurz added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame, which won its
sixth in a row after its only loss of the season, a 71-69 loss to No. 15
Butler on November 13.
Alonzo Gee led Alabama (7-1) in scoring with 24 points, and added nine
rebounds on the night. Mykal Riley added 18 points and nine rebounds for the
Crimson Tide. Ronald Steele scored 13 points, and Jermareo Davidson and
Richard Hendrix pulled down 10 boards each for Alabama, with Davidson scoring
12 points, and Hendrix contributing nine points.
“That was phenomenal,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried. “It is one of
the best college basketball games I have ever been involved in and you have to
give Notre Dame credit, they played very well.”
The Fighting Irish took control of the game midway through the second half,
streaking on a 10-3 run that opened up a nip-and-tuck contest. A dunk by
Carter closed the stretch, putting Notre Dame up 82-73 with 7:19 left.
Alabama fought back, though, and a 7-0 run brought the Crimson Tide to within
three, at 85-82, with just over three minutes left.
Just as quickly as the Crimson Tide fought back into the game, they fell out
of it for good, though, turning the ball over on three straight possessions as
Notre Dame closed the game on a 14-3 run to seal the win. The Notre Dame
students rushed the court, celebrating the Fighting Irish’s first win over a
top five team since beating then-No. 4 Boston College in 2005.
“We did a lot of growing up this week,” said Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey.
“I thought we did a little bit better job defensively and as best we could
keeping them off the backboard. We got up a little bit and you think it’s
going to be easy, and then here they come right back again with a couple
The teams were tied at 49-49 at halftime.
This was Notre Dame’s second straight win over a ranked team, after it beat
No.23 Maryland 81-74 on Sunday. The Irish had lost their previous seven to
ranked teams…This was the first time Notre Dame beat back-to-back ranked
teams since it beat three straight in the 2002-2003 season…Alabama made 9-
of-24 (37.5 percent) from behind the three-point line, against 12-of-28 (42.9
percent) sank by Notre Dame.