LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -Luke Harangody had 29 points and 13 rebounds and No. 8 Notre Dame hung on to beat No. 6 Texas 81-80 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Harangody, the Big East player of the year last season as a sophomore, was his usual force inside in a game that saw both teams combine for 49 3-point attempts. Notre Dame won that battle as well, hitting 11 from beyond the arc while the Longhorns made eight.
It wasn't all great for Harangody, however, as he missed two free throws with 3.5 seconds left and the Fighting Irish leading 81-80. A.J. Abrams, Texas' top 3-point shooter, got off a shot from just before halfcourt but it bounced off the rim.
This was the first matchup of Top Ten teams this season and there will be another Wednesday night as the Fighting Irish (4-0) advanced to the championship game against the winner of the semifinal between No. 1 North Carolina and Oregon. The loser of that game will play the Longhorns (3-1) for third place.
No. 4 Pittsburgh 74, Belmont 60
into the game and Pittsburgh's tight defense shut down Belmont's outside shooting.
Young scored all but two points during a 12-2 Pittsburgh run that put the Panthers up 51-37 with 14:11 remaining, following up on a similar burst in the first half in which he scored 13 of Pitt's 14 points in less than 4 1/2 minutes.
The Panthers (5-0) won despite being without sophomore center DeJuan Blair due to right knee inflammation. Blair, averaging 17.5 points, developed the problem after having 27 points and 18 rebounds during an 86-60 win over Division II Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday - Pitt's second game in less than 24 hours.
Belmont (1-2), which led Duke in the closing seconds of an NCAA first-round game in March before losing 71-70, was attempting to follow up 2007-08 upsets of Cincinnati and Alabama.
No. 20 Villanova 71, Monmouth 48
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Dante Cunningham scored 19 points, Corey Stokes added 18 and Villanova extended its season-opening winning streak to four games.
Shane Clark added 10 points for the Wildcats (4-0), who their 19th straight game at The Pavilion, their 6,500-seat on-campus arena.
Villanova was without junior center Casiem Drummond, who was suspended for one game for disciplinary reasons. Villanova coach Jay Wright described the infraction as a minor disciplinary issue and said Drummond will practice Wednesday.
Yaniv Simpson scored 11 points for winless Monmouth (0-5).
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