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Gonzaga vs Notre Dame

No. 23 Notre Dame thwarts Gonzaga's late effort

CBSSports.com wire reports

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's lead reached 14 at one point in the second half and it looked like the Irish might cruise to a victory.

But they clanged some free throws, Gonzaga made some clutch shots and the Bulldogs trailed by only two twice in the final 13 seconds.

Ben Hansbrough then cut off the comeback, making four from the line as the 23rd-ranked Irish held on for an 83-79 victory Saturday night.

"It kind of makes us nervous, but we trust each other and the guys pulled it out," said Carleton Scott, who led the Irish with a career-high 23 points -- 19 in the first half.

"We trust each other and that is what's the key. We work on those situations in practice and it's like second nature to us," Scott added.

The Irish (9-1), coming off a loss to Kentucky, got eight straight points from Tim Abromaitis to break a tie early in the second half and staved off the late rally before a boisterous home crowd.

Abromaitis finished with 21 points, 12 in the second half.

"I was pretty much taking what came to me. I was able to find myself open a couple of times. We have great passers and I knew if I was open, I'd get the looks and I was able to knock them down" Abromaitis said.

Gonzaga (4-5) lost to a Top 25 team for the fourth time this season. The Bulldogs have struggled to defend the 3-pointer and did so again as Notre Dame hit 11 of 20 from beyond the arc -- the same number Gonzaga made in the same number of attempts.

Elias Harris scored 19 and Steven Gray had 18 for the Bulldogs.

"We gave up the last game against Washington State and played horrible," Harris said of the Bulldogs' rally that came up short. "No way we can do that again. We got to keep fighting. At the end it was a tight game again."

Harris, for one, said he's not concerned about the slow start.

"We've played one of the hardest schedules in the nation this year. I'm pretty sure if other teams played the same schedule, they'd be in the same situation probably right now. ... We got to keep fighting," he said.

Notre Dame, which missed 12-of-36 free throw attempts was up by 10 with 1:18 to go.

But after Harris hit two free throws, Gonzaga's press forced a turnover and Gray hit his fifth 3-pointer of the night to cut the lead to 75-70 with a minute left.

And after Notre Dame's Eric Atkins missed two from the line, Harris scored from inside to make it a three-point game. Scott then made 1 of 2 from the line with 32.8 seconds left, putting the Irish up four.

After Gray missed a 3-point attempt, Atkins came up with a loose ball, was fouled with 19.9 seconds left. He missed the first and sank the second for a five-point lead.

Gonzaga's Mangisto Arop made a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to slice it to 79-77. Hansbrough then sank his free throws - the final two with about 3 seconds left- as Notre Dame held on.

Scott's 19 points in the first half were two more than his previous high for an entire game and Notre Dame led 43-37.

But Gonzaga got a dunk from Robert Sacre and a steal from Marquise Carter that led to a basket on a goaltending call, tying the game at 50-50 five minutes into the second half.

Abromaitis then foiled the Bulldogs' zone defense by sinking back-to-back 3-pointers - his third and fourth of the game. And after a Gonzaga turnover, he got loose on the baseline, took a nice pass from Tyrone Nash and dunked to put the Irish up by eight.

Minutes later, he hit a pair of free throws and then after a nice fake canned a jumper as Notre Dame's lead went to 11 with under nine minutes remaining.

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Notre Dame's Carleton Scott -- career-high 23 points -- reacts after draining a long two-point shot against Gonzaga.  (Getty Images)
Notre Dame's Carleton Scott -- career-high 23 points -- reacts after draining a long two-point shot against Gonzaga. (Getty Images)
Gonzaga (4-5)374279
Notre Dame #23 (9-1) «434083
GONZAG:E. Harris 19 Pts
GONZAG:R. Sacre 6 Reb
GONZAG:S. Gray 8 Ast
ND:C. Scott 23 Pts
ND:T. Abromaitis 8 Reb
ND:T. Nash 5 Ast

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GonzagaNotre Dame
Steven Gray
Tim Abromaitis
Gonzaga Bulldogs
S. Gray, G376-131-228518
R. Sacre, C368-130-061516
M. Monninghoff, F121-20-01113
D. Goodson, G250-40-01450
E. Harris, F246-96-654519
M. Carter, G152-51-20115
M. Arop, F325-62-250216
K. Olynyk, F110-20-01110
S. Dower, C71-10-00022
M. Hart, G10-00-00000
D. Stockton, GDid Not Play
K. Hyland, GDid Not Play
M. Keita, GDid Not Play
Totals 29-5510-1221202779
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
T. Abromaitis, F397-133-384121
B. Hansbrough, G363-76-933213
S. Martin, G353-61-23249
T. Nash, F241-21-11543
C. Scott, F216-98-942123
E. Atkins, G343-95-1073212
J. Cooley, F91-20-01032
M. Broghammer, F10-00-00000
J. Brooks, G10-00-20000
T. Kopko, GDid Not Play
T. Knight, FDid Not Play
A. Dragicevich, GDid Not Play
J. Grant, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-4824-3627191783
West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Marys0-03-027
San Fran.0-03-2125
San Diego0-00-5300
Santa Clara0-00-7304

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Miami (Fla.)0-05-124
N. Carolina0-05-122
Florida St.0-04-1160
Notre Dame0-04-172
Georgia Tech0-04-281
NC State0-04-2186
Wake Forest0-04-284
Boston College0-03-2174
Va. Tech0-03-2312
Other games
UNLV 69 Final
Louisville 77
STL 47 Final
OAK 76 Final
Mich St 77
EKY 58 Final
Minn 71
Tenn 83 Final
Texas St 65 Final
Texas 101
K-State 68 Final
Wash 62 Final
Tx A&M 63
PRES 55 Final
Missouri 70
Indiana 62 Final
Kentucky 81
Arizona 65 Final
BYU 87
NORFL 57 Final
Purdue 77
Colo St 55 Final
Kansas 76
COLG 43 Final
Syracuse 100
S Diego 49 Final