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Guards help Irish cruise past UK

Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant (22) says there was no need for fans to rush the court after a victory over No. 8 Kentucky because the win was expected.

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Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant (22) says there was no need for fans to rush the court after a victory over No. 8 Kentucky because the win was expected.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Eric Atkins scored 16 and Notre Dame beat No. 8 Kentucky 64-50 Thursday night for its 41st victory in the past 42 home games.

Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant each had 13 points for the Fighting Irish (7-1), who led by 11 at halftime. The Wildcats (4-2) got no closer than 10 from there.

"The way our guards were controlling things, I didn't have to do a lot of coaching," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

Notre Dame, wearing black uniforms with stitched green letters and numbers that were hard to see, outplayed Kentucky inside early and held the Wildcats to a season-low 40 percent shooting. Students rushed the floor — though Grant said he wished they hadn't because "all of us were expecting to win this game" — after the Irish wrapped up their second win over Kentucky in the past 13 meetings.

"They beat us to balls. They beat us around the basket. We didn't compete. We didn't execute. We didn't play together. There's a lot of things we didn't do," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "You have to give Notre Dame credit."

No. 12 Gonzaga 104, Lewis-Clark State 57: Redshirt freshman Kyle Dranginis scored a season high 30 for the host Bulldogs (7-0).

St. John's 89, South Carolina 65: D'Angelo Harrison broke 20 points for the sixth time in seven games, finishing with 26 for the host Red Storm. Gamecocks junior guard Brenton Williams was taken off on a stretcher after falling and injuring his neck when he was fouled. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and had movement in his extremities, a school spokeswoman said.

uconn 61, n. hampshire 53: Ryan Boatright scored 19 and the host Huskies, leading by four in the final minute, made their free throws to survive. Connecticut's leading scorer, Shabazz Napier, took only nine shots and scored five points.

sun belt: South Alabama beat Florida Atlantic 77-66, its 300th conference win, pulling coach Ronnie Arrow into a tie with Gene Bartow for the all-time Sun Belt record.

No. 16 Missouri: Starting guard Michael Dixon will no longer play for the school. Dixon, the sixth man of the year in the Big 12 and part of its all-defensive team last season, has been suspended all this season because of a sexual assault allegation, and a second documented allegation of rape has surfaced. Dixon isn't facing criminal charges in either case.


UM edges No. 6 Penn State: Morgan Stroman scored 15 and host Miami beat No. 6 Penn State 69-65. Suriya McGuire's layup with 14 seconds left made it 67-65. Alex Bentley of the Nittany Lions (5-1) missed a jumper with five seconds left. Michelle Woods rebounded for Miami (5-1) and made two free throws to clinch it.

No. 5 Notre Dame 72, C. Mich. 63: Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 25 in the first half and the visiting Irish (5-0) pulled away.

No. 12 OU 96, NW State 35: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 22 and the host Sooners (6-1) rolled after learning that freshman starting guard Maddie Manning will miss the rest of the regular season because of a right knee injury sustained in practice. Nicole Kornet, starting for Manning, scored a career-high 19.

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