Irish Outduels Bearcats, 91-74|
Jan. 15, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Luke Harangody scored 24 of his 25 points in the second half and Kyle McAlarney added 22 points as Notre Dame rallied to beat Cincinnati 91-74 in BIG EAST Conference action Tuesday night.
The Bearcats (8-9, 3-2 BIG EAST) led most of the way until the Irish went on a 17-2 run with 16 minutes left in the game to take control.
Harangody, who was 0-for-5 from the floor in the first half, ignited the run when he scored on a reverse layup to cut Cincinnati's lead to 42-39. After Harangody made a pair of free throws, Ryan Ayers stole the inbounds pass and scored to give the Irish a 43-42 lead. McAlarney then hit the first of his four second-half 3 pointers, and Harangody scored again on an 8-foot jumper.
The Fighting Irish (13-3, 3-1 BIG EAST) finished the run with a pair of 3s by Luke Zeller and McAlarney.
McAlarney scored 15 points in the second half, finishing 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Harangody was 6-of-9 in the second half. Rob Kurz, who was 0-of-5 from the floor in the first half, finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
In a lopsided free throw shooting contest, the Irish were 34-of-42 from the charity stripe. Cincinnati touched the twine on 8-of-11 from the free-throw line.
Three Bearcats shared top scoring honors with 10 points apiece. Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Deonta Vaughn was limited to 10 points and dropped eight assists. John Williamson registered 10 points to go with his team-high six rebounds. Newcomer Larry Davis added 10 points in 13 minutes for the Bearcats.
Rookie forward Kenny Belton enjoyed his top performance of the season by scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. Belton also tallied four caroms in 13 minutes of play.
Cincinnati contained the Irish to shoot only 24 percent from the field in the first half, but shot 69 percent in the second half to win their 31st straight at home.
The Bearcats held a seven-point lead at the half, 34-27.
UC looks to return its winning ways when it comes home to host 15th-rated Pittsburgh in a BIG EAST game on Saturday, Jan. 19. Tip off time from Fifth Third Arena is slated for 4 p.m.