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Notre Dame Outlasts Villanova, 78-72
Christ Thomas led the way for the Irish with 25 points (file photo).
 
Christ Thomas led the way for the Irish with 25 points (file photo).

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 42-33.

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.


 

 

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Catholic
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12:00 PM
Bryant University
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TBA
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Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

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November 22
TBA
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November 26
2:00 PM
Chicago State
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November 29
9:00 PM
Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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TBA
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 6
9:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 10
12:00 PM
Villanova
Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

CBS
December 17
2:00 PM
Purdue
Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

ESPN 2
December 19
7:00 PM
Colgate
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 28
7:00 PM
Saint Peters
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 31
TBA
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Petersen Events Center)

ACC Network
January 4
9:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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January 7
3:00 PM
Clemson
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January 12
7:00 PM
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January 14
2:00 PM
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January 18
7:00 PM
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January 21
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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January 24
8:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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January 28
12:00 PM
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Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavillion)

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January 30
7:00 PM
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February 4
TBA
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Chapel Hill, N.C. (Smith Center)

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February 7
7:00 PM
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February 11
2:00 PM
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February 14
7:00 PM
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February 18
12:00 PM
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February 26
6:30 PM
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March 1
8:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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March 4
2:00 PM
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Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)

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