College Basketball Roundup: Irish top Bearcats, win 12th in a row
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Pass, pass, pass, pass. Then, pass again before finding and making a wide-open shot. No. 17 Notre Dame got everyone involved in extending its notable winning streak.
Jerian Grant scored 19 points and the Fighting Irish patiently worked for open shots that set up a 66-60 victory Monday night against No. 21 Cincinnati, their 12th consecutive win.
Notre Dame is on its best winning streak since it also won 12 in a row in 2006-07. The 14-1 mark is the best start during coach Mike Brey's 13 seasons. This time, he has an experienced roster that loves to share. Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) is among the national leaders with 19 assists per game.
"That's been our program," Brey said. "There's a culture of passing the ball here. We recruit basketball IQ guys, and I think there's a lot of trust that we're going to keep moving that thing. That's why we have great balance.
"We can move it until we get the right guy to take the shot. And we enjoy moving it. Tonight we had some amazing possessions where we got guys out of position."
The Irish did it their way, spreading out a defense that has been Cincinnati's strength. Notre Dame shot 50 percent from the field and went 9 of 16 behind the arc.
Cincinnati (13-3, 1-2) wore new, all-black uniforms -- Notre Dame wore white -- for a home game that took on extra significance. The Bearcats opened the season 12-0, then lost two of their past three games, falling to New Mexico and St. John's at home. They have lost three in a row at home for the first time since 2006-07, coach Mick Cronin's first season picking up the pieces from coach Bob Huggins' ouster.
• Robert Morris 71, Bryant 69: Artemis Spanou scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to lead the Colonials past Northeast Conference foe Bryant (4-8, 0-2) at Charles Sewall Center for their third consecutive victory. Lou Mataly added 16 points for the Colonials (3-10, 2-0).
First Published January 8, 2013 12:02 am