Notre Dame rebounded from Wednesday’s loss in Storrs by escaping New Jersey with a 3 point 71-68 win over Rutgers. As has historically been the case, the Irish struggled at times playing on Rutgers home court and had to hold onto the win after leading by 8 at half time.
Notre Dame Box Score
|Rob Kurz F||4-11||2-2||14||11|
|Zach Hillesland, F||2-6||1-2||6||5|
|Luke Harangody, F||5-16||0-1||8||2||10|
|Tory Jackson, G||7-13||2-5||8||10||17|
|Kyle McAlarney, G||5-12||2-2||2||3||16|
|Jonathan Peoples, G||1-2||0-0||2|
|Luke Zeller, F-C||1-3||0-0||1||3|
|Ryan Ayers, G-F||3-4||0-0||4||7|
Tory Jackson turned in one of his best performances in an Irish uniform with 17 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds – two board shy of his first career triple double. Overall, Notre Dame had four players in double figures led by Jackson’s 17 – Harangody (10), McAlarney (16), and Kurz (11).
Notre Dame won despite a sub par game from sophomore center Luke Harangody. Harangody came up two rebounds shy of his seventh consecutive double-double and his 10 points were his second lowest output of the season. He struggled from the field hitting just 5 of 16 attempts from the floor and made only one trip to the free throw line.
The Irish held on to the victory despite Harangody’s struggles and improved their chances at a first round bye in the Big East Tournament.
Notre Dame is now 4-7 all time against Rutgers with 3 of those wins coming under the guidance of Mike Brey.
Below is some video from ESPN with some highlights for those of you, like me, who do not get ESPNU even though you may be already paying extra for Sports Pack on Comcast and can’t switch to Direct TV because Comcast doesn’t make your local Comcast Sports Net available to satelitte providers which would then mean you’d miss all of the Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers games. Thanks Comcast, you’re AWESOME.