31 straight for Irish at Joyce Center

All one needed to know about the first half of the game between Cincinnati and Notre Dame was that Luke Harangody and Rob Kurz were a combined 0-11 from the field which enabled the Bearcats to lead by seven.

Not only were the two mainstays of the Irish ineffective, they were joined by the entire squad in an exercise in futility.

Halftime is often the best tonic and Mike Brey used it well to say the least.

"First part of halftime, you lay into them a little bit," Brey said.

"Second part of halftime, I said, 'would you just smile? Come on. You're playing college basketball, you're in a great atmosphere, just relax."

ND came out smoking in the second half. A 17-2 run enabled the Irish to take control and run away with a 91-74 win.

Harangody paced the Irish with 25 points, 24 in the second half.

"In the 2nd half, I used that reversal to get open and seal my man off," Harangody said.

"I was able to limit the double team, triple team and they found me on the block."

The sophomore's play opened things up for Kyle McAlarney who was four of five from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes and finished with 22 points.

The Irish shot 69 percent from the field as UC had no answer for the offensive explosion.

Notre Dame is now 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the Big East. The Irish face Georgetown on Saturday in DC.


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