Jan. 8, 2005
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By TOM COYNE
AP Sports Writer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Chris Thomas scored eight of his 25 points in the
final 3:35 and was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line as Notre Dame made all 19
of its free throws to beat Villanova 78-72 Saturday.
Randy Foye tied the score at 70 with a free throw with 2:53 left. But the
Irish ended the game on an 8-2 run, with Thomas clinching the game with a
17-foot fallaway jumper from the baseline with 57 seconds left to give the
Irish (10-2, 2-0 Big East) a 74-70 lead.
Villanova (8-2, 1-1) was without leading-scorer Curtis Sumpter because he
sprained his right knee in practice on Friday. Foye stepped up with a
career-high 26 points and added six rebounds.
Colin Falls and Chris Quinn added 16 points each for the Irish, who matched
their season-high with 11 3-pointers on 20 attempts. Dennis Latimore added 12
points for the Irish.
Allan Ray added 13 points for the Wildcats, Mike Nardi had 11 and Will
Sheridan had nine points and 10 rebounds as Villanova outrebounded the Irish
Notre Dame, which led 41-34 at halftime, led by five points or more through
most of the second half, but Foye scored four points to lead the Wildcats on a
6-0 run. The Wildcats took a 67-66 lead with 4:02 left when Jason Fraser
blocked a shot inside by Quinn, Sheridan got the rebound and threw a long pass
to Nardi for a fastbreak layup.
The lead changed hands three times as Foye and Thomas exchanged free throws,
until Foye made just one free throw with 2:53 left.
Latimore then made a pair of free throws for the Irish, Thomas hit his
fallaway shot and Falls and Thomas made two free throws each in the final 39
seconds to put the game away.