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Survival Mode

Notre Dame grinds out a three-point win over scrappy Rutgers Saturday night at the Purcell Pavilion.

SOUTH BEND -- A 13-point lead trimmed to but a point. An athletic, scrappy group that refused to go softly into the South Bend night. A home team with sudden trouble breathing through its veteran mouths. And Jack Cooley. Fortunate for Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, the latter was on the side of the hosts. because otherwise Brey's Irish would be mired in a three-game losing skid including two...