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NCAA Game Summary - Notre Dame at South Florida



(Tuesday, January 5th)

Final Score: Notre Dame 74, South Florida 73

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Hitting one of two free-throw attempts in the final seconds, Luke Harangody capped off a great night as he led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a narrow 74-73 win over the South Florida Bulls in Big East Conference play at the Sun Dome.

Harangody, who was announced as the Big East Player of the Week on Tuesday, finished with a game-high 36 points as he shot 12-of-23 from the floor, including 4-of-5 behind the three-point line for the Irish (13-3, 2-1 Big East) as they won for the fourth time in the last five outings.

Also scoring in double figures for Notre Dame were Tory Jackson and Tyrone Nash with 11 points apiece, followed by Tim Abromaitis with 10 points for the visitors.

The Bulls (10-4, 0-2) were paced by Dominique Jones who poured in 26 points and handed out five assists in the team's second straight setback. Jarrid Famous posted 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked four shots, while Toarlyn Fitzpatrick tacked on 13 points, six boards and three rejections of his own. Coming up with a double-double for the home team was Mike Mercer with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Notre Dame shot just 37.5 percent from the field in the first half, yet the team still found a way to match the Bulls in the scoring column at the break, 33-33.

The second half saw the Irish put together a 10-0 run to post a 52-40 lead at the 13:21 mark, but down the stretch USF battled back and actually moved ahead at 71-69 on a dunk by Fitzpatrick. However, Harangody then tied the game moments later with a jumper and Nash sank a couple of free throws to get Notre Dame ahead once again.

Trailing by two points at 73-71, the Bulls turned to Mercer who missed a jumper, captured a rebound and then finished off with a tip-in to lock the game at 73-73 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation, setting the stage for the game-winner by Harangody.

In a game that saw 11 ties and 13 lead changes, the Fighting Irish finished the night with a mere nine turnovers.

01/05 22:07:39 ET

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