Nov 25, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chris Thomas and Dan Miller scored 20 points each to lead Notre Dame to a 75-50 win over Furman in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic on Monday night.
Matt Carroll added 15 points for the Fighting Irish (4-0), who will meet Creighton in the championship game Tuesday night.
Kenny Zeigler led Furman (1-3) with 16 points, hitting 7 of 8 shots from the field. He had four points as the Paladins opened the second half with an 8-0 run, trimming Notre Dame’s lead to 39-31.
Thomas and Carroll answered with back-to-back 3-pointers, starting a 10-0 run for Notre Dame.
It was the second big run of the game for the Irish, who led just 18-14 midway through the first half but then outscored Furman 18-3 over the next seven minutes.
Thomas scored eight points and Miller added seven points in that run.
Furman’s Karim Souchu, who averaged 25.2 points in Furman’s first three games, was held to 15 points.
The Paladins, who will play Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis for third place on Tuesday night, shot just 11 percent (1-for-9) from 3-point range to Notre Dame’s 75 percent (8-for-12).