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NCAA Game Summary - South Florida at Notre Dame

(Sunday, February 7th)

Final Score: Notre Dame 65, South Florida 62

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Luke Harangody sank a pair of free throws with 4.0 seconds remaining to earn the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a 65-62 win over the South Florida Bulls in Big East play at the Joyce Center.

Harangody finished the afternoon with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Irish (17-7, 6-5 Big East) as they won their second straight outing. Tory Jackson added 18 points and four assists and Ben Hansbrough 13 points and six boards in the triumph.

The Bulls (15-8, 5-6) were paced by Chris Howard who delivered a game-high 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor as the squad had a four-game win streak snapped. Jarrid Famous chipped in 18 points and eight boards and Dominique Jones 10 points and a game-high eight assists, although he shot a mere 3-of-17 from the floor on the afternoon.

Notre Dame appeared to be well on its way to a sizeable victory as it ran out to a commanding 16-2 advantage less than six minutes into the meeting, but the Bulls refused to give up and battled back to a 34-34 tie at the break.

The Fighting Irish went from 56.5 percent shooting from the field in the first half to a mere 28.6 percent after the intermission, allowing South Florida to stick around and make things interesting in the final moments.

With 8.3 seconds left in regulation Famous was fouled on a baseline dunk and had a chance to tie the game at 63-63, but he missed his free-throw attempt and seconds later Harangody secured the win with his two conversions at the stripe.

Jones got off a shot at the buzzer for the Bulls, but his three-point try missed the mark and left the visitors with the three-point setback.

In addition to shooting only 4-of-14 behind the three-point line on the day, USF also hurt itself with a meager 10-of-20 shooting at the free-throw line as well.

02/07 15:29:51 ET