Despite Notre Dame's past road woes, this game was never close, as the Irish pulled away early, accumulating a 47-27 halftime lead. The Pirates (and the ESPN announcers) tried to make it exciting when a full-court pressure, 9-0 Hall run narrowed the gap to 17 with eleven minutes left. However, a 7-0 counter-run by Notre Dame not only ended the evening's drama, but kept the Irish in second place in the Big East with a league record of 7-2.
Notre Dame hosts the 16th ranked Marquette team Saturday seeking both their record 34th straight home victory and revenge for their worst loss of the season, suffered at the hands of the Golden Eagles last month. But that was then and this is now. With their super-sized sophomore (according to Coach Mike Brey), "doing something new every week, to where [after yesterday's lofty hook shots] I just shake my head and say, 'keep going,'" the once average Irish are now hoping to ride the hot hand of "Cool Hand Luke" Harangody into March Madness and their first Final Four appearance since Fighting Irish Thomas was the sports editor for the Notre Dame Scholastic.