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Notre Dame's Upset Bid Falls Short in 72-70 Heartbreaking Loss to No. 6 Villanova
Notre Dame guard Chris Quinn (2) drives the lane while Villanova guard Mike Nardi (12) defends in the first half of  a college basketball game Saturday Jan. 28, 2006, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
 
Notre Dame guard Chris Quinn (2) drives the lane while Villanova guard Mike Nardi (12) defends in the first half of a college basketball game Saturday Jan. 28, 2006, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Jan. 28, 2006

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Kyle Lowry tipped in a missed shot by Randy Foye with 1.7 seconds left for the game-winning basket and No. 6 Villanova survived blowing a 17-point lead in the second half to beat Notre Dame 72-70 on Saturday night.

It was another tough loss for the Irish (10-8, 1-6 Big East), who used a 24-4 run to take a 66-63 lead with 1:38 left. Allen Ray, who missed Villanova's win over South Florida on Tuesday because of strained hamstring, drove strong inside to give the Wildcats (15-2, 6-1) a 69-68 lead and was fouled by Kyle McAlarney. Ray made the free throw to give Villanova a two-point lead.

The Irish tied it on a basket inside by Torin Francis. But Foye, who had 18 points, drove inside to the basket. The ball bounced off the rim and the 6-foot-1 Lowry leapt up in a crowd and got his right hand on it for the game-winner.

The Irish lost twice in double overtime -- to Georgetown on Tuesday and to Pittsburgh earlier this month. They are off to their worst conference start since 1995-96, their first season in the Big East when they also started 1-6. They finished 4-14 in the Big East that season.

Allen led the Wildcats with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Nardi added 22 points.

Quinn led Notre Dame with 18 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two blocked shots. Russell Carter had 14 points, McAlarney 13 and Francis 11.

The Wildcats used a 9-0 run early in the second half to move ahead by 13 and went ahead 59-42 when Dante Cunningham scored down low midway through the half. But Notre Dame answered with the 24-4 run, with Quinn, McAlarney and Carter each scoring seven points, including two free throws by McAlarney when Villanova coach Jay Wright was called for a technical. Two free throws by Carter cut the lead to 61-60.

 

 

Notre Dame led for much of the first half, going up 17-11 on the strength of a 9-0 run. A 3-pointer by McAlarney gave the Irish a 24-19 lead. The Wildcats answered with an 8-2 run and moved ahead 28-27 on a 3-pointer by Nardi.

Villanova led 35-34 at halftime even though only three players -- Nardi, Ray and Foye -- scored. Only three other players even attempted shots, one each.

Villanova has won 10 of the 12 games against the Irish since they joined the Big East.

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November 1
7:00 PM
Mercy
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November 7
7:00 PM
Catholic
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 12
12:00 PM
Bryant University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 16
7:00 PM
Seattle University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 18
TBA
Loyola Maryland
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 21
TBA
Colorado
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2
November 22
TBA
Texas or Northwestern
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2/ESPNU
November 26
2:00 PM
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 29
9:00 PM
Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN 2
December 4
TBA
North Carolina A&T
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 6
9:00 PM
IPFW
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
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)

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

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

ACC Network
January 7
3:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 12
7:00 PM
Miami
Miami, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 14
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)

ACC Network
January 18
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tucker Center)

RSN
January 21
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 24
8:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 28
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavillion)

ESPNU
January 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN
February 4
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Smith Center)

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February 7
TBA
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 11
2:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 14
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

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February 18
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

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February 26
6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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March 1
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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

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