Notre Dame wins 12th in a row, beats Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI — Jerian Grant scored 19 points on Monday night, and 17th-ranked Notre Dame used its patient offense to get open shots for a 66-60 victory that extended No. 21 Cincinnati’s home-court misery.

Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) has won 12 in a row for the first time since 2006-07. It’s the best start during coach Mike Brey’s 13 seasons.

The Fighting Irish did it their way, passing for open shots on the perimeter and spreading out a defense that has been Cincinnati’s strength.

The Bearcats (13-3, 1-2) opened the season 12-0, but have lost three of their past four, falling at home to New Mexico, St. John’s and Notre Dame.

It’s their longest home losing streak since 2006-07, coach Mick Cronin’s first season picking up the pieces from coach Bob Huggins’ ouster.

NO. 5 INDIANA 74, PENN STATE 51

In State College, Pa., Christian Watford scored 16 points, Jordan Hulls added 14 and Indiana used a big first-half run to race past Penn State.

The Hoosiers’ breakneck offense could rarely be stopped in the first half before the pace slowed down in a sloppy second half. But it barely mattered after Indiana (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) built a 19-point lead in the first half.

Jermaine Marshall had 11 points for the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2).


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