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GARRITY'S MIGHTY SECOND HALF PROVIDES PLENTY OF FIGHT FOR IRISH

Pat Garrity scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, including a pair of game-breaking three-point baskets, as Notre Dame held off a rally by Florida International and beat the Golden Panthers, 99-85, Saturday.

Notre Dame (6-2) trailed, 33-30, late in the first half but seemed to take control with a 14-0 run over six minutes at the end of the opening period and start of the second half. By that time, Notre Dame's lead was at 44-33.

Florida International (5-3) battled back within seven points at 83-76 on a basket by Darius Cook with 3:37 to play. But Notre Dame's Derek Manner put back a miss off the offensive board and Garrity hit his two three-pointers to put the game out of reach.

Garrity, a 6-foot-9 forward, added seven rebounds for the Irish. Martin Ingelsby had 16 points, 11 assists and four rebounds, including two defensive boards in the closing moments to help protect the Irish lead. Phil Hickey added 15 points and 10 assists, while Manner finished with 12 points.

Guard Raja Bell led Florida International with 23 points, followed by Damien McKnight with 14, and Cook, Joe Cross and Carlos Arroyo with 12 apiece.

Boston College 69, Holy Cross 54

BOSTON -- Javier Rodriguez scored nine of his 10 points during a 24-0 first-half run as Boston College (7-4) rolled over Holy Cross (3-8). It was the 100th meeting between the two schools.

The Eagles posted their seventh straight win in the series dating to Jan. 9, 1906. Holy Cross, however, still owns a 56-44 overall edge.

The Crusaders were without head coach Bill Raynor, who checked himself into a Worcester, Mass., hospital Friday night suffering from exhausting. Assistant Fred Quartlebaum coached his first collegiate game.

Kostas Maglos paced the Eagles, who had a 51-27 rebounding edge, with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Antonio Granger added 13 points.

James Stowers led the Crusaders with 13 points.

Valparaiso 80, Mo.-Kansas City 68

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bill Jenkins scored a career-high 20 points and had 12 rebounds as Valparaiso beat Missouri-Kansas City.

The win broke a two-game losing streak for Valparaiso (4-5 overall, 1-0 in the Mid-Continent Conference), the three-time defending league champions. Mo.-Kansas City (2-9, 0-2) shot 52 percent from the field in the first half to take a 36-31 halftime lead.

Bryce Drew added 18 points, Zoran Viskovic had 12 and Antanas Vilcinskas 11 for the Crusaders.

Jimmy Keller and Mooch Williams led the Kangaroos with 13 points each.

Navy 74, Gettysburg 41

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Josh Williams, who had played only 24 minutes this season, scored 13 points and Navy (4-5) beat Gettysburg (5-3) to snap a three-game losing streak.

The loss was the third straight for Gettysburg, which opened the season with five straight victories.

Michael Heary (Fredonia) struggled through a 1-for-7 shooting day for Navy and scored only four points.

Marist 60, Cornell 48

POUGHKEEPSIE -- Bobby Joe Hatton scored 13 points and Bo Larragan added 12 to lead Marist (4-3) over Cornell (1-6).

Jeffrion Aubrey scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds for Cornell.

Loyola 75, Mt. St. Mary's 73 (OT)

EMMITTSBURG, Md. -- Jason Rowe (Traditional) did it all for Loyola (3-6) with 26 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and six steals in an overtime win over Mount St. Mary's (3-5).

Mike Powell added 24 points for the Retrievers and Greg Harris led Mount St. Mary's with 22 points.