New York The big sophomore stole the attention from the big-time freshman.
Luke Harangody had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to its fourth straight victory, 68-59 over Kansas State on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Michael Beasley, the Kansas State freshman who leads the nation in scoring and rebounding, had a big first half with 17 points but managed just two in the second against Notre Dame's collapsing defense.
"We did a better job on Beasley in the second half," Harangody said. "It was a very physical game. I was a little surprised. We got used to it and held our own."
Kyle McAlarney had 18 points, including the final nine for the Fighting Irish (6-2) over the last 61â2 minutes. The Wildcats (5-3) closed an 11-point deficit to 61-59 on two free throws by Beasley with 1:47 left.
McAlarney, who had scored at least 20 points in his last three games, hit his second 3-pointer of the game from straightaway with 1:32 to play for a 64-59 lead. He went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line over the final 55 seconds to cap the scoring.
Beasley, a forward who leads the country in scoring (26.7) and rebounding (15.0), also had 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double in eight college games.