Irish survive Providence in OT

Luke Harangody scored 31 as Notre Dame got to overtime and won over Providence, 81-74 in overtime at the Joyce Center on Thursday. The 31 points represented a career-high for the Irish big man.

"This is a huge win for us and one we really needed," Harangody said.

"It just showed with the emotion. Everyone was excited. It was a hard fought game, a Big East game and we got out of here with a win."

The win is the 32nd straight at home for the Irish and the 13th consecutive Joyce Center win against Big East opponents.

Providence controlled the tempo for most of the game. In the first half, a 16-2 run by the Friars wiped out a great start by the Irish. As the game moved down the stretch, a seven-point lead by Notre Dame was lost as the Friars had the lead with :18 left. Harangody hit two free throws and Tory Jackson's steal produced a cross-country shot that nearly ended the game.

"We said to ourselves, 'we're not going to lose this game," Kyle McAlarney explained.

"It could have been very devastating: at home, we just had a great win at Villanova. If we lost, it might have negated that win."

Notre Dame never trailed in the overtime. The Irish got big three-point goals by Rob Kurz and Ryan Ayres although PC made it a two-point game before Harangody finished it off for the Irish.

Notre Dame is now 15-4 on the season and holds onto second place in the Big East with a 5-2 record in the league.

"Every game is precious," Ryan Ayers says. "Every game can go here or there. Wins are very important in this league and we took another step. We have one more Saturday and that can be an even bigger step."

The Irish face DePaul on Saturday night at the Joyce Center.

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