Notre Dame (1-0) struggled to put away visiting Radford on Thursday night and returns to the court at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana, on Sunday when the Fighting Irish host Youngstown State (2-0). The Irish made the NCAA tourney for the first time in five years, fighting through the First Four before losing to Texas Tech in the second round. Coach Mike Bray is in his 23rd season at Notre Dame and is 473-259 with 13 NCAA bids, including a pair of Elite Eight appearances. Jarrod Calhoun is 73-85 and in his sixth season with the Penguins, who reached the quarterfinals of The Basketball Classic last spring,
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Notre Dame had just eight scholarship players in uniform on Thursday and played just six players against Radford. Cormac Ryan’s driving layup with 9.5 seconds left gave the Fighting Irish a one-point lead and they held on for a 79-76 win. Nate Laszewski scored 28 points and had 12 rebounds for the Irish and Trey Wertz added 16 points.
Youngstown State improved to 2-0 with a 90-72 win over UT Martin on Wednesday. Six Penguins scored in double figures, led by Dwayne Cohill’s 19 points. He also dished five assists, while Adrian Nelson went for 10 points and 12 boards.
The Irish are 3-0 against Youngstown State all-time, with all of the games played at Notre Dame. The last meeting was on Dec. 21, 2015, with the Irish taking an 87-78 victory.
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