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|Wednesday, 25 March 2009 17:42|
Jodie Meeks scored 18 of his 21 points in the final 12:18 as the Wildcats (22-14) used a 17-5 run to cut the lead to 67-62 on a slam dunk by Perry Stevenson with 2:42 left. But the Irish were 8-of-8 from the free-throw line over the final 1:29 to end the game on a 10-5 run to hang on.
Kyle McAlarney added 15 points and Ryan Ayers, who held Meeks to one basket until the Irish were up by 15, added 14 points on 4-of-7 3-pointers for Notre Dame (21-14).
Patrick Patterson added 18 points for the Wildcats.
The Irish will face Penn State (25-11) Tuesday night in New York.
San Diego St. 70, St. Mary's 66
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are going to New York and Patrick Mills is heading into the offseason.
The Aztecs blew a 13-point second-half lead, then rallied to beat Mills and the Saint Mary's Gaels to reach the semifinals of the NIT.
go-ahead basket with 48.6 seconds left and Richie Williams made three free throws in the final 26 seconds as the Aztecs held off the Gaels.
This is the deepest SDSU has advanced in a national postseason tournament in its Division I history. Students rushed the court after the buzzer.
Billy White scored 17 for the Aztecs (26-9), who will play Baylor (23-14) in the semifinals on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.