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Irish Fall To NC State, 61-48
Notre Dame's Chris Quinn, front, is defended by North Carolina State's Andrew Brackman during the first half. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
 
Notre Dame's Chris Quinn, front, is defended by North Carolina State's Andrew Brackman during the first half. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Nov. 26, 2005

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NDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- North Carolina State relied on a dominant defense and a solid inside game to take Notre Dame out of sync Saturday.

Then they put away the Fighting Irish with a 3-point barrage. Ilian Evtimov finished with 15 points and the Wolfpack connected on 8-of-16 3s as they rolled to a 61-48 victory over Notre Dame.

Despite playing its fifth game in nine days, North Carolina State (5-0) looked energized. It forced 15 turnovers, routinely beat the Irish to loose balls and played with passion.

Notre Dame (2-1), in contrast, looked dazed. Torin Francis led the Irish with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but leading scorers Colin Falls and Chris Quinn did not score in the first half and only combined for 14 points -- less than half their 33-point average.

The Irish shot 37.3 percent from the field, including 3-of-18 on 3-pointers. The 48 points also was the fewest scored by Notre Dame since a 72-48 loss to Marquette on Nov. 21, 1997.

North Carolina State started taking advantage of Notre Dame's misery midway through the first half. After Russell Carter made a layup to give the Irish a 16-15 lead with 7:24 left, the Wolfpack went on a 16-1 run over the next 6:06 to build a 31-17 lead.

The Irish didn't make another basket until Luke Zeller's 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to cut the lead to 31-20 at halftime.

The Wolfpack stuck to the script in the second half. Evtimov and Engin Atsur opened with back-to-back 3-pointers, igniting a 10-2 spurt that made it 41-22 with 16:43 remaining. Notre Dame only got as close as eight the rest of the way.

 

 

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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)

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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)

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

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

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January 14
2:00 PM
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Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)

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January 18
7:00 PM
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Tallahassee, Fla. (Tucker Center)

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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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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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

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

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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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Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

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

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

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

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