INDIANAPOLIS SOUTH BEND, IND. — SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame turned Manhattan inside out in the NIT quarterfinals last night.
LaPhonso Ellis dominated inside and Daimon Sweet was deadly from the outside, as the Fighting Irish beat the Jaspers 74-58. Ellis scored 25 points, many on dunks, and Sweet made six three-pointers for the Irish.
"Coach [John] MacLeod wants us to shoot threes. That opens up the inside for Phons," Sweet said.
Sweet hit three three-pointers during an 11-2 first-half run that gave Notre Dame (17-14) the lead for good. He added three more long-distance shots in the second half for a school record as the Irish pulled away after leading 31-23 at the half.
"I'm glad to see Daimon cut loose with those threes. We needed them," MacLeod said.
Keith Bullock led Manhattan (25-9) with 16 points.
"Fatigue was a factor," Bullock said. "That's the first time I've ever taken myself out of the game in the first half."
The loss ended Manhattan's first NIT appearance in 17 years after victories over Wisconsin-Green Bay and Rutgers. Notre Dame beat Western Michigan and Kansas State before playing the Jaspers.
"We had a great year. We're proud of what we've done," Manhattan coach Steve Lappas said.
Notre Dame opened the second half with an 8-2 scoring run, six from Ellis, to take a 39-25 lead. The Jaspers never came closer than 10 points after that.
Manhattan used an 8-0 run to take a 15-10 lead in the first half, but Notre Dame rallied to move ahead on Sweet's three-point shooting. He hit three long-range shots during an 11-2 run that gave Notre Dame a 25-18 lead.
A three-pointer by Elmer Bennett with 31 seconds left gave Notre
Dame its eight-point halftime edge.
Florida 74, Purdue 67
Reserve Brian Hogan, playing in his home state, matched his career high with 18 points for Florida.
Hogan, a senior averaging 4.1 points per game, made three three-pointers to increase his school record to 117.
The Gators (19-13) scored the first six points of the game and led 39-35 at halftime. Purdue missed its first three shots and had two turnovers before scoring its first points with 16:10 remaining in the half.
Purdue (18-15) was outscored 12-6 to start the second half, and Florida opened its biggest lead when Hogan hit a three-pointer for a 59-44 advantage.
The Boilermakers trailed 66-50 after Dan Cross made one free throw with 2:43 left. Purdue cut the deficit to 67-59 with 1:56 left, but couldn't draw any closer than the final margin.
Woody Austin, Purdue's leading scorer, finished with 25. But he was 11-of-24 from the field and did much of his scoring after Florida took control.
Stacey Poole had 13 points and Andrew DeClercq 12 for Florida, which outscored the Boilermakers 31-10 off the bench.