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Harangody leads Irish to easy win over Saint Louis


CHICAGO (AP) -- Luke Harangody scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 23 Notre Dame bounced back from a poor outing to beat Saint Louis 64-52 Saturday for third place in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

The Irish (6-1), 14-point losers to Northwestern on Friday night, also got 14 points from Ben Hansbrough, who'd managed only four on 1-for-10 shooting a night earlier.

Harangody is now two points shy of becoming the seventh 2,000-point scorer in Irish history.

Willie Reed led Saint Louis (4-2) with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Harandogy connected on his first 3-point attempt of the game to start the second half -- he'd been 0-for-6 from long range Friday night. He then took a pass on the break and made a nice spin in the lane before hitting a layup as the Irish quickly expanded a three-point halftime lead to eight just over a minute into the half.

Saint Louis got to within one when Kwamain Mitchell hit three straight baskets, but Harangody hit two of his own and Tim Abromaitis dropped in four free throws -- two after a technical on Mitchell -- to put Notre Dame up nine.

Harandogy picked up his fourth foul with 5:43 left and the Irish up by seven. Mitchell then hit a 3-pointer to pull the Billikens within four.

Notre Dame stretched the lead as Hansbrough hit a driving basket, Abromaitis a 3-pointer and Harandogy a jumper that put the Irish up 10 with just under two minutes remaining.

Harangody, who struggled with his shooting Friday night while scoring 21 in the loss to Northwestern, was off again in the first half, missing 5 of 7 attempts. He was scoreless before hitting a jumper with five minutes left that ended a six-minute Irish scoring drought.

The teams traded first-half runs. The Irish scored nine straight when the Billikens didn't score for five minutes. Saint Louis then ran off 10 in a row capped by Reed's dunk.

Notre Dame took a three-point halftime lead on Carleton Scott's dunk just before the buzzer after he took a pass from a driving Tory Jackson.

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