Irish Finish Trip Unbeaten

Notre Dame concluded its exhibition schedule in Ireland on Saturday with a 90-65 victory over Iceland. The Irish finished the trip with a perfect 6-0 record, including three wins at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin in the Emerald Hoops International Series.

Point guard Tory Jackson had a solid all-around game with five points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists to earn MVP honors in the win over Iceland, but it was shooting guard Kyle McAlarney who averaged 26.3 points in the Hoops Series to take home tournament MVP honors.

"This was a real special experience for us," head coach Mike Brey said. "It was good to end the trip with a win. We were focused from the very start of the game and wanted to finish off the way we started the trip in our first game.

"We learned a lot about ourselves and have some things to work once we getting going in October, but overall I couldn't be more pleased with how we played, and more importantly, what great ambassadors our team was for our University while we were over here. This has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us."

McAlarney again led the Irish in scoring with 22 points while Luke Harangody added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Carleton Scott and Ryan Ayers were also in double-digits with 13 and 10 points respectively.

McAlareny scored five quick points to start the game as Notre Dame jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Iceland cut the lead to one, 11-10, but Notre Dame finished the quarter on a 14-3 run to take a 25-13 lead.

The Irish are scheduled to leave Ireland on Monday morning to return to Chicago.


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