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Irish dodge Lobos

Fri., March 20, 2009

Tory Jackson hit an underhanded shot with 2 seconds left as Notre Dame survived squandering a 14-point first-half lead to beat New Mexico 70-68 in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night at South Bend, Ind.

The Lobos had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Tony Dandridge’s 3-pointer rattled in the rim and fell out.

Jackson drove the length of the court for the winning basket, finishing with 16 points. Luke Harangody had 26 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Irish (20-14), who were 21 for 25 from the free-throw line. New Mexico (22-12) was 15 of 25.

Jackson scored the winner after Dairese Gary made a pair of free throws with 7 seconds left to tie the score at 68.

Penn St. 83, Rhode Island 72: At State College, Pa., Stanley Pringle scored 19 points, Andrew Jones had 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Nittany Lions (24-11) withstood the Rams’ backcourt pressure to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Nittany Lions didn’t hit a field goal the last 8:53 of the game, and the Rams (23-11) closed a 16-point deficit to 72-66 with about 2 minutes left. But Penn State sealed the win at the foul line, making 14 of 17 chances down the stretch.

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