Jan 7, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) grabs a rebound in the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats center Cheikh Mbodj (13) at FifthThird Arena. Notre Dame defeated Cincinnati 66-60. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Irish Beat Bearcats in Cincinnati

In probably the most ignored Notre Dame basketball game of all-time, Notre Dame hammered out its 12th straight victory against the Cincinnati Bearcats, 66-60. This streak is the longest under Mike Brey’s tenure at the University of Notre Dame. The victory moved the Irish to 14-1, which is also the best under Coach Brey.

Notre Dame started out slow but heated up quickly late in the 1st half and the rest of the ball game. The Irish Offense has moved the ball and shot very well this season. The game on Monday night was no different. Notre Dame was again unstoppable from 3-point range, going 9 for 16 or 56.3%. The team shot 50% from the field overall.

The team had 5 scorers in double digits. The Irish were lead by Jerian Grant who had 19 points and 2 assists. Scott Martin continued his barrage from downtown going 4 of 7. Jack Cooley did not have a double-double but he did have 11 points and 8 rebounds. Eric Atkins had 10 points and 6 assists.

The Bearcats were inconsistent shooting the ball and played undisciplined for the majority of the game. Cincinnati had 18 fouls to Notre Dame’s 10. In addition, the Bearcats only shot 45.5% from the charity stripe. They were the more athletic team, however, out rebounding the Fighting Irish, 27-19.

Notre Dame will now move on to Connecticut on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Parcell Pavilion.

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