Alabama Falls to Hot Notre Dame Squad

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1) knocked off previously unbeaten Maryland on Sunday, and made the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (7-1) its second victim of the week with a 99-85 victory in South Bend, Indiana Thursday night.

After playing to a 49-49 draw in the first half, Alabama cut the lead to three points before being outscored 14-3 in the late stages of the game.

"We had about two or three trips where we lost those guys," Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried said. "I like how we compete. We've just got to get better in some areas."

Notre Dame hit 12 of 28 three point shots on the night, and was led in scoring by guard Russell Carter with 27 points. Guards Kyle McAlarney and Colin Falls had 20 points each.

"We didn't guard them nearly as well as we could but they made some tough shots all night long," Gottfried said. "I'm not sure we're going to play that many teams that shoot the ball that well."

Alonzo Gee led Alabama with 24 points, and the Tide had four players in double figures (Mykal Riley 18 points, Ronald Steele 13 points, Jermareo Davidson 12 points) for the game.

Alabama returns home Saturday against Alabama State to play at 6 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.

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