SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Torin Francis hit two free throws with
12.6 seconds remaining as Notre Dame avoided a near upset to win
74-71 over Wofford Friday night.
Wofford trailed by only one point, 72-71, with 47 seconds to
play when Notre Dame decided to drain the clock. Chris Quinn's
layup did not fall but Francis grabbed the rebound and was
Howard Wilkerson's 3-point attempt for Wofford (4-8) at the
buzzer bounced off the rim to give Notre Dame the victory.
Wilkerson led all scorers with 27 points, while Shane Nichols
added 19 and Tyler Berg 10 for Wofford. Notre Dame (9-2) was led by
Russell Carter's career-high 16 points. Francis and Kyle McAlarney
scored 12 each and Quinn had 10.
The victory was the seventh straight for the Irish as they
completed their non-conference schedule. The Irish open Big East
play Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
After a slow start, the Irish hit five straight 3-pointers while
Wofford countered with inside layups. Notre Dame later used a 10-3
run to gain a 42-32 half time lead.
Wofford tightened the game up in the second half as Wilkerson
layup with 11:32 remaining tied the score at 52. A 3-pointer by
Quinn began an 8-2 run for Notre Dame but Wofford again came back
and Wilkerson converted a 3-point play with 7:20 to cut Notre
Dame's lead to 65-63.