Lowest point total in 25 years drops Irish from NCAA Tourney

The last time a Notre Dame basketball team scored less than 41 points in a game was December 7, 1983 when the Irish lost to Northwestern 40-36.

25 years later the Irish put up an equally miserable offensive performance losing 61-41 to Washington State in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament.

Notre Dame's season ends with a 25-8 record.

Luke Harangody became the first player since Tim Duncan in 1995 to record 22 rebounds in a game.

But the Big East Player of the Year grabbed many of those rebounds off his own missed shots as the sophomore made just three of 17 shots. He finished with just 10 points.

The Irish as a whole shot just 25 percent from the field, the worst percentage for a ND team during the Mike Brey era.

Notre Dame started off well in the first two minutes as junior Kyle McAlarney hit a runner to put the Irish up 5-0.

But Washington State then went on a 17-2 run to open up a comfortable lead.

In the closing seconds of the half, Derrick Low hit a devastating three pointer to put the Cougars up by 15.

Low led Washington with 18 points.

The Irish scored a bucket before the half, trailing 32-19 at the break.

Washington State pushed the lead to 16 before the Irish pulled back within 7 with a 9-0 run capped off by a McAlarney three pointer.

K-Mac led the Irish with 12 points.

But McAlarney would have a costly intentional foul that gave Washington State two free throws and the ball and the Cougars pushed the lead back to 14 at 49-35.

The stretch would turn into a 10-0 run capped by an Aron Baynes layin that gave Washington State a 19-point lead.

Notre Dame finishes with a 25-8 record.

The team picked to finish 9th in the Big East in the pre-season polls should be even better next year.

Only senior captain Rob Kurz will graduate.

The Irish will return seven of its 8 contributors, including Harangody--the Big East Player of the Year.

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