Saturday , Feb , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Harangody and Notre Dame knock off No. 16 Marquette

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Luke Harangody recorded career highs with 22
points and 13 rebounds as Notre Dame erased an early 13-point deficit and
toppled No. 16 Marquette, 85-73.

Tory Jackson scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven
assists, while Colin Falls added 14 points with eight boards for the Fighting
Irish (22-6, 10-5 Big East), who have won four in a row. Russell Carter posted
13 points in the victory.

Notre Dame can clinch a bye in the first round of the Big East tournament with
a win at Rutgers next Saturday.

Wesley Matthews scored 17 points and Jerel McNeal netted 16 points for the
Golden Eagles (22-8, 9-6), who have dropped four of five and conclude their
season at home against 10th-ranked Pittsburgh next Saturday. Dominic James
netted 14 points, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out eight helpers in
defeat.

Marquette opened the contest by scoring eight straight points and built up a
23-10 advantage with just over 10 minutes left on back-to-back treys by Dan
Fitzgerald and Matthews.

The Fighting Irish, though, fired back with a 14-3 run — ended by a pair of
free throws by Carter — to close within two.

The game remained in the hands of the Golden Eagles until Notre Dame, which
trailed 36-31 at the 3:18 mark, rallied with an 11-0 burst to lead 42-36 at
the break. Jackson first tied the game at 36 before Harangody closed out the
half with a jumper.

Early in the second, Jackson hit a triple to put Notre Dame up nine, but James
drained a layup and a three as Marquette cut it to 50-46.

That’s as close as it would get as Harangody converted twice from the charity
stripe to give the Fighting Irish a 63-53 edge with 8:39 to play. Then, with
just over three minutes left, Notre Dame extended its lead to 13 on Falls’
three-pointer to ice the game.

Game Notes

David Cubillan had 10 points for Marquette…Notre Dame shot 41 percent from
the floor…The Golden Eagles finished 36 percent from the field.

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