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Notre Dame 61, Georgetown 48

3/4/2004

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Chris Thomas scored 19 points, Chris
Quinn added 18 and Notre Dame held Georgetown to 28 percent
shooting, beating the Hoyas 61-48 Thursday night.

The 48 points were the least ever allowed by the Irish (15-11,
8-7) in a Big East game, breaking the mark of 51 set in an 11-point
victory over Seton Hall in 2002. Ray Reed hit a 15-foot shot at the
buzzer for Georgetown, which scored a season-low 48 points for a
second straight game in losing its seventh straight.

It is the longest losing streak for Georgetown (13-13, 4-11)
since the 1971-72 season, when the Hoyas had losing streaks of nine
and eight games in going 3-23 the season before John Thompson was
hired as coach.

But the Hoyas can still qualify for the Big East tournament with
a win at home Saturday against Virginia Tech or if Miami loses at
home to West Virginia.

Notre Dame was in control throughout after opening a 13-4 lead
early. The Irish shot 37.5 percent and had just five turnovers
while the Hoyas struggled to generate offense throughout the game,
missing layups, a dunk and putting up several air balls.

Georgetown's Gerald Riley, who entered the game averaging 17.8
points, struggled for a second straight game. He was 0-for-11 from
the field and had eight points against Seton Hall on Saturday.
Against the Irish, he had just 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting.
Brandon Bowman led the Hoyas with 17 points.

Both teams started the game shooting poorly, with the Irish
shooting 2-of-12 and the Hoyas shooting 1-of-12. Rick Cornett
scored on a slam dunk to spark a 12-2 run for the Irish, opening an
18-6 lead.

The Hoyas later closed to 20-13 on a 3-pointer by Brandon
Bowman, but the Irish answered with an 8-0 run. The Hoyas trailed
30-16 at halftime and never got any closer than 12 points.