Notre Dame 85, Kennesaw St. 57
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:00 PM
Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana
Jamie Luckie, Ray Natill, Matt Potter
Final Scoring Summary
No. 22 Notre Dame 85, Kennesaw State 57: Jack Cooley had 14 points and 13 rebounds and the Fighting Irish dominated the second half to extend their winning streak to nine.
Jerian Grant scored 14 points and Pat Connaughton added 12 for Notre Dame (11-1), which shot 61.5 percent and outrebounded the Owls 32-15. Eric Atkins chipped in nine points and 13 assists.
Aaron Anderson scored 16 points for Kennesaw State (1-9), which lost its eighth straight game. The Owls trailed 34-28 at halftime, but Notre Dame opened the second half with a 19-5 run to quickly put the game out of reach.
Cooley, who posted his fifth double-double in the last seven games, hit two free throws to put the Fighting Irish ahead 71-49 with 4:47 remaining. Freshman Zach Auguste contributed 12 points and six rebounds in a reserve role.
Markeith Cummings scored 15 points off the bench for the Owls, who entered the game averaging just 59.8 points. Delbert Love added 10 points, including two 3-pointers.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Kennesaw State second-year coach Lewis Preston was an Irish assistant from 2000-06. … The Fighting Irish improved to 109-7 in their last 116 home games. … Notre Dame is 8-0 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
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