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    FIGHTING IRISH Notre Dame guard Chris Quinn (2) attempts to drive the lane against Harvard guard Kevin Rogus (13) during first half action Friday Nov. 19, 2004 in South Bend, Ind.
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    Notre Dame guard Chris Quinn (2) attempts to drive the lane against Harvard guard Kevin Rogus (13) during first half action Friday Nov. 19, 2004 in South Bend, Ind.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Nov. 19, 2004

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    By TOM COYNE
    AP Sports Writer

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Chris Quinn scored 20 points and Chris Thomas added 17 as No. 20 Notre Dame beat Harvard 66-59 on Friday night despite blowing an 18-point lead.

    The Crimson, who won just four games last year, went ahead 59-57 when Kevin Rogus hit a 3-pointer with 6:06 left. But Harvard didn't score again.

    The Fighting Irish (1-0) made just one more shot from the field, a 15-foot jumper by Thomas with 2:13 left, but went 7-for-10 from the free-throw line, including Quinn going 4-for-4.

    Brian Cusworth led Harvard with 15 points and 13 rebounds; Matt Stehle had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Rogus added 10 points.

    Notre Dame appeared on the verge of a blowout when Torin Francis scored 18 seconds into the second half to put the Irish up 45-27. But Stehle scored six points to spark a 12-0 and the Crimson pulled within six points.

    The Irish went up by nine, but several minutes later Cusworth had a three-point play and David Giovacchini drove inside for a basket to cut the lead to 55-52. Rogus then made a 15-foot jumper to cut the lead to 55-54. After Jordan Cornette made a pair of free throws for the Irish, Rogus made his 3-pointer to give Harvard its only lead of the game.

    The Irish shot 45 percent in the first half, but just 21 percent in the second. After outscoring Harvard 11-0 on fastbreak points in the first half, the Irish were outscored 6-0 in the second half.

    Harvard shot 46 percent in the game despite five air balls, and outrebounded Notre Dame 41-35 - 25-16 in the second half.


     

     

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