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Pat Connaughton’s 18 points lead No. 22 Notre Dame basketball past IPFW 74-62

Notre Dame guard PConnaughtleft drives lane as IPFW guard Frank Gaines defends during first half an NCAA college basketball game

Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton, left, drives the lane as IPFW guard Frank Gaines defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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Updated: December 17, 2012 11:34PM



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pat Connaughton scored 18 points to lead No. 22 Notre Dame to a 74-62 victory over IPFW on Monday night.

Connaughton more than doubled his 7.9 points-per-game average and had six rebounds and five assists.

Notre Dame (10-1) led 40-28 at halftime then opened the second half with a 9-5 run over the first 4:21, capped by a two-handed stuff by Jack Cooley off a full-court fastbreak pass from Jerian Grant. The Irish extended their lead to 19 points on a layup by Garrick Sherman with 13:35 to play.

Cooley had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Scott Martin scored 13 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.

Luis Jacobo and Joe Edwards both scored 11 points for the Mastodons (5-7).

IPFW shot 36 percent from the field while the Irish made 52 percent.



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