Harangody has 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to 68-59 victory over Kansas State
NEW YORK (AP)—The big sophomore stole the attention from the big-time freshman.
Luke Harangody had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to its fourth straight win, 68-59 over Kansas State on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Michael Beasley, the Kansas State freshman who leads the nation in scoring and rebounding, had a big first half with 17 points but managed just two in the second against Notre Dame’s collapsing defense.
“We did a better job on Beasley in the second half,” Harangody said. “It was a very physical game. I was a little surprised. We got used to it and held our own.”
Kyle McAlarney had 18 points, including the final nine for the Fighting Irish (6-2) over the last 6 1/2 minutes. The Wildcats (5-3) closed an 11-point deficit to 61-59 on two free throws by Beasley with 1:47 left.
McAlarney, who had scored at least 20 points in his last three games, hit his second 3-pointer of the game from straightaway with 1:32 to play for a 64-59 lead. He went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line over the final 55 seconds to cap the scoring.
“It was good to get good support from fans,” McAlarney, a native of Staten Island, said of his own personal cheering section. “I heard my name called out.”
Beasley, a forward who leads the country in scoring (26.7) and rebounding (15.0), also had 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double in as many college games.
Notre Dame’s big men got plenty of help defending him in the second half. Whenever the ball went inside to Beasley it seemed there were at least three Irish defenders around him.
When he did kick the ball outside the Wildcats couldn’t take advantage, finishing 3-for-20 from 3-point range.
“I’m a pretty simple, matter-of-fact guy. I’m an old mathematics teacher,” first-year Kansas State coach Frank Martin said. “When you shoot 3-for-20 from 3 you’d better not be shooting 3s.
“We can’t come down and shoot four, five 3s and not get Mike involved in the game.”
Beasley is not available to the media until Dec. 16.
Harangody, the 6-foot-8, 251-pound sophomore forward who has the build of a football player, was dominant inside early. He scored 11 of Notre Dame’s first 13 points, scoring on a mix of moves and by relentlessly rebounding on the offensive end. He had seven offensive rebounds, two on one possession in the second half that finally resulted in his third personal foul.
Notre Dame started the game 1-for-12 from 3-point range, but the Irish finished 5-for-19 from behind the arc with McAlarney going 2-for-5.
Tory Jackson added 12 points for the Irish, who haven’t lost since dropping consecutive games to Baylor and Georgia Tech in the Paradise Jam.
Bill Walker had 14 points for the Wildcats, who lost 80-77 to No. 19 Oregon last week.
“I hate to sound like a broken record but there’s a reason we play these games, to prepare for the Big 12,” Martin said. “It’s just a matter of us continuing to work. You play a season. It’s a marathon.”
Harangody had 13 rebounds twice last season.
“He makes us confident,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said of Harangody. “When we can go to him and get him started, our guys start to say `Ok, this is our night.”’