Irish end skid, crush No. 5 Louisville
Notre Dame regained a bit of its confidence last night in South Bend, Ind., while No. 5 Louisville appeared to lose some in one of the most thorough whippings coach Rick Pitino remembers a team of his experiencing.
"This victory, while humiliating to us, can propel them into something good," Pitino said. "I'm happy for them. I'm really upset at our players.
"The way we practiced going into this game and the way we played tonight, our five men were just totally dominated."
Luke Harangody had 32 points and 17 rebounds and Notre Dame shot 54 percent, the best any team has shot against Louisville this season, as the Fighting Irish won, 90-57, to end a seven-game losing streak.
"I think to say we needed that would be the understatement of the year," Irish coach Mike Brey said.
Pitino said he was concerned about how Notre Dame would come out because the Irish were so desperate.
"I thought we were going into a hornets' nest. I didn't think we were going into an earthquake," he said.
The 33-point victory is the largest ever for Notre Dame (13-10, 4-7 Big East) against a league opponent. It was the second loss in three games for the Cardinals (18-5, 9-2).
Pitino credited the Irish for their play, but clearly was upset with his team. Asked if he would skip having the team watch the tape because the game was so lopsided, Pitino said he would make them watch.
Arizona St. 74, UCLA 67 - Derek Glasser scored 15 points, including a clutch 3-pointer, and the No. 18 Sun Devils defeated the No. 11 Bruins in Tempe, Ariz.
James Harden scored 15 points and had a career-high 11 assists as Arizona State (19-5, 8-4) became the first Pac-10 team to sweep the season series with UCLA (19-5, 8-3) since Washington in 2005-06.
Gonzaga 72, Saint Mary's 70 - Matt Bouldin scored 21 points, Josh Heytvelt added 20, and the No. 19 Zags (18-5, 9-0 West Coast Conference) survived the Gaels' (19-5, 6-4) thrilling last-minute comeback from a 7-point deficit to win in Moraga, Calif.
Utah St. 62, Idaho 53 - Gary Wilkinson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the No. 21 Aggies (24-1, 12-0 Western Athletic Conference) escaped with a victory over the host Vandals (10-13, 4-6) to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games.
Wagner 72, Bryant 60 - Joey Mundweiler scored 20 points to pace the Seahawks over the Bulldogs (7-18) in Smithfield, R.I.
The Seahawks (12-12, 4-9 Northeast Conference) hit a season-best 12 3-pointers. Mundweiler hit 6 of 18 tries, and Chris Martin, who scored 18 points in 15 minutes of play, hit on 4 of 8.
Marist 75, Fairfield 66 - Ryan Schneider and Dejuan Goodwin each scored 17 points, and the Red Foxes dropped the Stags in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Marist (8-19, 4-11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) had shot just .293 (36 for 123) from 3-point range in its previous six games, but the Red Foxes broke out of their long-range slump against Fairfield (15-11, 8-7) as Goodwin and Schneider combined to hit 9 of 16.
Fairleigh Dickinson 80, Central Conn. St. 73 - Fairleigh Dickinson got 23 points from Cameron Tyler and John Galvin added 22 as the Knights (7-18, 6-8 Northeast Conference) defeated the Blue Devils (11-13, 7-7) in New Britain, Conn.
Maine 57, UNH 49 - Brittany Boser scored 13 points to lift the Black Bears (3-20, 1-9 America East) to their first conference win, defeating the Wildcats (6-18, 4-6) in Orono, Maine.
Auburn 81, Kentucky 69 - Whitney Boddie had 20 points and 10 assists, helping the No. 5 Tigers (24-2, 9-1 SEC) overcome a second-half rally by the Wildcats (13-12, 3-7) in Auburn, Ala.
Vanderbilt 84, Florida 68 - Merideth Marsh tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 26 points as the No. 24 Commodores (19-6, 8-2) upset the ninth-ranked Gators (22-3, 8-2) in Nashville.
Tennessee 80, Alabama 61 - Alex Fuller scored 18 points, leading the No. 15 Lady Vols (18-6, 7-3 SEC) over the Crimson Tide (12-13, 0-10) in Knoxville, Tenn.