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Milestone in tight game

Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody didn't waste any time reaching his latest milestone as the Irish took a 40-37 lead into halftime over Idaho State at Purcell Pavilion.

The 6-foot-8 senior hit a jumper 23 seconds into Tuesday's game to reach 2,000 points for his career. He entered the game against Idaho State with 1,998 career points.

Harangody, who hit the 1,000 rebound plateau in an 80-62 win over Kennesaw State on Nov. 23, is the first player in program history to have 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

Harangody finished the first half with 12 points and five rebounds as the Irish found themselves in a back-and-forth battle after the first half.

Notre Dame and Idaho State traded the lead 12 times after the game's first five minutes and there were five ties in the opening half. There was a 2 1/2-minute span in which the teams traded eight one-point leads.

Notre Dame shot 53.3 percent from the floor and had a span of more than three minutes without scoring. Ben Hansbrough scored 10 in the first half for the Irish.

Idaho State shot 55.2 percent in the first half and also had a scoreless drought of more than three minutes. Demetrius Jones scored 12 in the first half for the Bengals.