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Men’s Basketball: Bulldogs make trip to South Bend

Chris Khorey | Friday, November 17, 2006

After splitting a pair of games in Indianapolis against Butler and Lafayette, Notre Dame returns home Sunday to play The Citadel at the Joyce Center at 4 p.m.The Irish (2-1) lost to the Bulldogs 71-69 Monday after senior guard Russell Carter missed a three pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining. Notre Dame took out its frustrations on the Leopards the next night, jumping out to an early lead and coasting to a 92-60 win. After playing two games in two days, Irish coach Mike Brey ran his team through a light workout and film session Wednesday before giving them Thursday off. Brey himself was sick Thursday and unavailable for comment.The Citadel comes into Sunday’s contest 1-2 with losses to Michigan State and Iowa and a win over Ohio Valley. The Bulldogs will play Charleston Southern Friday before heading to South Bend.Guard Vytautus Valiulis leads The Citadel in scoring with 10.0 points per game, while forward J’Mel Everhart has dominated the boards by grabbing 11.3 rebounds per game.The task of keeping Everhart off the glass will go to Notre Dame forwards Luke Harangody, Luke Zeller and Rob Kurz.Harangody, a freshman, is averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds so far this season. Kurz is Notre Dame’s leading rebounder at 8.7 per game and is averaging 13.0 points per game.Zeller is averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. Carter is Notre Dame’s leading scorer with 18.3 points per game and fellow guard Colin Falls is the only other player averaging double figures for the Irish, with 10.3 points per game.The two seniors have combined for 16 three-pointers this year on 46 percent shooting from behind the arc.