Golden Eagles fall to Notre Dame, 86-83

Marquette (16-6, 6-5) continues to struggle away from Milwaukee, falling to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 86-83 on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles had an opportunity to send the game to overtime at the buzzer, but good defense by the Irish prevented MU's prayer to be answered.

Marquette (16-6, 6-5) continues to struggle away from Milwaukee, falling to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 86-83 on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles had an opportunity to send the game to overtime at the buzzer, but good defense by the Irish prevented MU's prayer to be answered.

MU held Notre Dame without a field goal for the final 6:21 of the game, but free throws became a factor and the Irish converted. ND shot 24 of 31 from the line, including 10-10 in the final minutes, accounting for its final 10 points.

The win improves Notre Dame's record to 18-4, including 8-2 in Big East play, and extends its home game winning streak to 34 games. The Irish have won 16 of its last 18 contests, good enough for second place in the conference standings.

The Irish were led by sophomore forward Luke Harangody who scored 18 points on 4-12 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds, recording his fifth consecutive double-double.

"He's a force," said MU head coach Tom Crean. "I've always told people when we have special young players around our place, people are fortunate to come and they are fortunate to watch him, and these fans are fortunate to watch him. He's going to be a good player for a long time."

Notre Dame featured four other players in double figures. Guards Tory Jackson and Kyle McAlarney scored 14 and 12 respectively, and forwards Luke Zeller and Zach Hillesland added 11 and 10 respectively for the Irish.

"This group, especially this building really believes," Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. "That's probably where all the success these guys have had over 34 games and 15 league games comes from."

Marquette was led by junior guard Dominic James who scored 23 points on 10-16 shooting, including 8 of MU's last 11 points. James also played a strong role in the Golden Eagles late defensive stand by grabbing a steal and drawing a crucial foul, giving Marquette possession of the ball late in the contest.

Sophomore forward Lazar Hayward also scored in double figures, adding 21 points of his own. Hayward also grabbed 11 rebounds recording his third double-double of the season.

"You talk about someone who is quiet for the year he is having, but it's not quiet around our place," Crean said. "We know what he is capable of and we are real lucky to have him playing the way he is."

David Cubillan scored 11 points and Jerel McNeal scored 10 points rounding off the double figure scorers for the Golden Eagles.

Senior forward Ousmane Barro grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, marking the third time this season he has recorded ten or more rebounds.

"He was great. Without his twelve rebounds, we aren't playing for the last shot," Crean said.

A significant amount of the game was played on the perimeter. The teams shot a combined 48 three-point shots. The Golden Eagles went 12-25 (48%) from beyond the arc and the Irish shot 10-23 (43%). Cubillan, James, and Hayward all shot 3-6 from three point range for Marquette.

The abundance of outside shooting prevented the Golden Eagles from drawing fouls in the long run. Marquette was only able to get to the line for 8 free throw attempts.

"We did so many good things, we played so hard throughout the entire game, but we gambled too much," Crean said. "Against a team like Notre Dame, or anybody in the Big East, if you gamble, you better make sure you are right, otherwise they will make you pay."

Marquette goes back to work Tuesday when they visit Seton Hall. The Golden Eagles return home to the Bradley Center on Friday to take on #21 Pittsburgh.


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