Harangody thought he would spend about 10 minutes on the bench when he picked up his fourth foul with 15:17 left and the 13th-ranked Fighting Irish up by six points.
Instead, he sat less than four minutes, then scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds down the stretch to help host Notre Dame beat the ninth-ranked Hoyas, 73-67, last night and end a five-game losing streak to Georgetown.
Brey said he didn't think for too long about putting Harangody, who finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds, back in.
"When you're an older player, a veteran player, my feeling is sometimes coaches sit guys with foul trouble too much. He's played a lot of basketball," Brey said. "I talked with him when I took him out. I told him, 'I need you to be smart.' "
Harangody, who had never scored more than 13 points in three previous games against Georgetown, scored Notre Dame's final 13 points of the first half to give the Irish an 11-point lead.
"He's the MVP of our league," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said of the reigning Big East Player of the Year. "He makes good decisions. He can score from many places on the court, and they surround him with guys who can make shots."
The Hoyas closed to 71-67 with 15 seconds left when Chris Wright scored inside, but Kyle McAlarney, who missed the front end of a one-and-one 14 seconds earlier, made two free throws with 12 seconds left.
Notre Dame (11-3, 2-1) extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 44 games, including 19 in the conference, one shy of the Big East record set by Pittsburgh in 2004.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oklahoma (14-1).
The Sooners were playing without coach Jeff Capel, who was hospitalized earlier yesterday with a stomach virus. Assistant coach Mark Cline took over in his absence.
Griffin recorded his 12th double double in 15 games and blocked four shots in 22 minutes. Tony Crocker and Willie Warren both added 15 points as the Sooners finished their nonconference schedule with their best start since 1987-88.
Oklahoma led 18-15 midway through the first half before scoring 11 straight points. The Hawks (1-9) never got closer than 10 points after that.
Top 25 women
Florida State 60, No. 3 Texas A&M; 53: : Tanae Davis-Cain scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half and the Seminoles rallied to upset the visiting Aggies.
Davis-Cain and Courtney Ward combined for 10 points as Florida State (12-4) ran off 16 straight to take a 56-50 lead with 3:35 remaining. The Seminolesclosed the game with a 20-3 surge.
Tanisha Smith had 17 points for Texas A&M; (12-1), and Danielle Gant added 10.
Jacinta Monroe led the Seminoles with 15 points, and Cierra Bravard finished with 10.
Danielle Campbell added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Purdue (9-5).
Erika Arriaran scored 14 points for Texas (12-2), which has lost two of three.
The Boilermakers were 0-3 against ranked teams this season, losing to Stanford in overtime, Notre Dame and Maryland.
Shanae Cotton scored 18 to lead the Owls, who committed 18 of their 29 turnovers in the first half.
Neither teams scored during the first 3 1/2 minutes, but Duke answered Temple's opening basket with an 11-0 run.
No. 15 Virginia 82, Saint Francis (Pa.) 66:: Monica Wright scored 22 points and the Cavaliers defeated the visiting Red Flash.
Wright added six rebounds and four assists for the Cavaliers (13-2), who are off to their best start since 1991-92. Britney Hodges had 13 points for Saint Francis (3-10).
Oakland (Mich.) 67, No. 23 South Dakota State 51: : Jessica Pike scored 17 points and April Kidd and Melissa Jeltema had double doubles to lead the host Golden Grizzlies to an upset of the Jackrabbits.
Kidd finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Oakland (11-4, 3-1 Summit). Jeltema had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Jennifer Warkenthein had 18 points for South Dakota State (14-2, 3-1).
Miami 85, Florida Atlantic 69:: Dwayne Collins scored 24 points as the host Hurricanes (11-3) closed their nonconference schedule with a victory over the Owls.
Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) finished with 20 points and moved past Mike Wittman for 14th place on Miami's career scoring list with 1,327 points.
Carderro Nwoji led Florida Atlantic (4-11) with 20 points.