Harangody Set To Play in Exhibition Finale

The cast is finally off and forward Luke Harangody is going to play tonight. The Notre Dame men's basketball team hosts St. Edwards (Texas), the second of two exhibition contests this preseason, in preparation for the 2007-08 season. Tip-off at the Joyce Center is set for 7:30 p.m.

Harangody did not play in the Irish's first exhibition game, a 109-53 victory over St. Ambrose (Iowa), last Friday. The 6-foot-8, 251-pound sophomore was out with a torn ligament in his right thumb, and coach Mike Brey said before that game he was hopeful to have Harangody back by the season opener against Long Island, on Nov. 12.

The good news came a lot sooner.

Assistant athletics director Bernie Cafarelli confirmed the information with Irish Eyes. Harangody was scheduled to have his cast removed on Tuesday, being able to play was a pleasant surprise.

A returning Big East all-rookie team selection, Harangody averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds last season, helping the Irish to a 24-8 record and a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time in three seasons.

Without Harangody last Friday, six Notre Dame players scored in double figures, led by senior captain Rob Kurz's 23 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Zach Hillesland netted 12 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tory Jackson had 12 points, five assists and four steals. Juniors Luke Zeller and Kyle McAlarney along with sophomore Jonathan Peoples, each had 11 points.

St. Edwards, a Division II program down in Austin, was picked to finish first in the Heartland Conference by the league's coaches for a third-straight season. They return four starters from last season's 24-6 team, led by preseason all-conference picks Shawn Weinstein and Taylor Mullenax.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Weinstein was the Heartland Conference Player of the Year last season, averaging 15.6 points per game. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Mullenax was a first-team all-league performer, netting 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Hilltoppers roster has two 6-foot-8 players, and their season ended in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament.

***McAlarney was named among 40 point guards nominated for the Bob Cousy Award, presented to the top collegiate point guard participating in Division I, II and III basketball. In 12 games last season, McAlarney averaged 10.3 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds.

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