Harangody's double-double helps Irish to blowout win
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Luke Harangody logged 30 points and 14 rebounds to jump-start his All-American campaign as the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame opened their season with a 94-58 blowout victory over South Carolina-Upstate at the Joyce Center.
Harangody, the 2008 Big East Player of the Year, hit 12-of-21 from the field, while Luke Zeller netted four three-pointers en route to an 18-point effort for the Irish (1-0), who finished last season with a 25-8 record before bowing out miserably in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Zach Hillesland and Kyle McAlarney dropped 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
"Well it was a good start for us," Irish head coach Mike Brey said. "When I think about our group what I think is how are they going to play us because we do have a lot of offensive weapons."
Bobby Davis finished with a team-high 14 points, and Nick Schneiders posted 12 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans of USC Upstate (0-2), who dropped their season opener Friday against Georgia.
The Spartans hung tough in the first half and were tied, 19-19, midway through the first 20 minutes. But the Irish went on a 10-2 run and led 44-33 at the break.
Seven Notre Dame points in the first minute of the second half extended the lead to 18 and the Spartans did not have the firepower to stage a comeback.
"They have so many guys that can make shots," SC-Upstate head coach Eddie Payne said. "They have a great inside-outside presence. There are certain guys you can't leave but then you leave Harangody one-on-one in the post. I am very impressed with this team. They make you pay every time you make a mistake."
Notre Dame extended its home winning streak to 38 games...Notre Dame owns an all-time record of 86-18 (.827) in season openers and have won all nine under head coach Mike Brey...It was the first ever meeting between the two programs...Notre Dame owned a 45-31 edge in rebounds.
11/17 00:47:33 ET