Feb. 11, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) dunks over DePaul Blue Demons guard Jeremiah Kelly (11) in the first half at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame 84, DePaul 76

Although it took Notre Dame almost the whole game to pull away, the Irish came up victorious against a struggling Blue Demons at home. The Irish are now 9-3 in the Big East while DePaul falls to 2-10.

Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant led the way in scoring with 22 points each. Cooley had his 8th double-double of the season with 14 rebounds as well. Grant had 15 of his points in the second half, helping the Irish run away later in the game.

Here’s the box score from the game.

DePaul Blue Demons
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Cleveland Melvin, F 34 7-18 0-1 2-5 4 6 1 0 1 1 0 16
Jamee Crockett, F 30 5-11 3-6 0-0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 13
Derrell Robertson Jr., C 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 1 1 0 0 3 0
Worrel Clahar, G 17 2-4 1-1 0-0 1 1 4 1 0 2 0 5
Charles McKinney, G 15 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Jeremiah Kelly, G 30 6-7 3-4 2-2 0 2 4 1 0 0 2 17
Krys Faber, C 11 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Donnavan Kirk, F 29 3-5 1-1 1-1 2 5 0 2 2 1 2 8
Brandon Young, G 29 5-14 1-3 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 1 4 13
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
30-64 9-16 7-10 7 20 16 6 3 7 15 76
46.9% 56.3% 70.0%

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Jack Cooley, F 36 10-12 0-0 2-2 2 14 1 0 4 0 3 22
Pat Connaughton, G-F 25 4-5 1-2 0-0 1 4 2 1 0 2 3 9
Scott Martin, G 40 3-10 0-3 1-2 0 4 3 0 0 2 2 7
Eric Atkins, G 40 5-9 1-4 3-4 1 4 6 3 1 4 1 14
Jerian Grant, G 36 6-10 2-5 8-8 0 2 5 0 0 2 0 22
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Joey Brooks, G 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2
Tom Knight, F 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Alex Dragicevich, G 17 2-4 2-2 2-2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 8
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
31-52 6-16 16-18 6 31 18 4 5 12 11 84
59.6% 37.5% 88.9%

 

Moment of the game:

The score was 68-all when DePaul’s bench was charged with a technical foul. Notre Dame scored the next seven points to go up 75-68 with 5:30 to play. I can’t imagine this play not being the turning point of the game. It definitely game the Irish the extra momentum to take the lead. Bad move on DePaul’s part, but hey, I’ll take it.

Notre Dame’s next game is home against Rutgers. The Irish have a chance to get revenge on a bad loss a few weeks back. The game will be played on Wednesday.

 

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