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Notre Dame Slips Past Seton Hall, 71-68
Chris Thomas scored 26 points in Notre Dame's win over Seton Hall Saturday.
 
Chris Thomas scored 26 points in Notre Dame's win over Seton Hall Saturday.

Feb 14, 2004

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By TOM COYNE
AP Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Chris Thomas had 26 points and seven rebounds and Torrian Jones had 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots to lead Notre Dame to a 71-68 win over Seton Hall on Saturday.

The Irish (12-9, 6-5 Big East) used a 9-2 run that started in the first half and stretched into the second to take a lead they never surrendered. The Pirates (16-6, 6-4) cut the lead to one point twice, but could never pull even.

Tom Timmermans and Chris Quinn added 10 points each as the Irish won their second straight. Andre Barrett led the Pirates with 20 points and Kelly Whitney added 18 points as Seton Hall lost for just the second time in its last seven games.

Despite being without leading-rebounder Torin Francis, who the school announced Friday is out indefinitely with a disc injury in his back, the Irish outrebounded the Pirates 37-25.

Both teams were coming off upset wins on Monday - the Irish beating No. 5 Connecticut 80-74 and the Pirates beating No. 4 Pittsburgh 68-67 in double overtime. Both started the game slow, shooting below 25 percent early.

The teams traded the lead 13 times in the first half, with neither team leading by more than four points. Thomas scored on a layup and added a free throw with 19 seconds left to give the Irish a 32-28 halftime lead.

The Irish opened the second half with a 6-2 run and never trailed again. The Pirates had a chance to tie the score on a free throw by Whitney after a layup, but he missed. The Irish pulled back ahead 55-49 when Thomas hit a 16-foot jumper.

The Irish moved ahead 68-61 when Jones hit a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left. The Pirates managed to close to three at the end because the Irish made only 3-of-6 free throws down the stretch.

 

 

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

ACC Network Extra
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
Fort Wayne
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)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 7
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 14
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

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

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 26
6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
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)

CBS

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