Cooley leads No. 22 Notre Dame past Kennesaw State

Cooley leads No. 22 Notre Dame past Kennesaw State
December 19, 2012, 9:09 pm
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Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton slides along the floor after being tripped during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game with Kennesaw State, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 85-57 with Connaughton scoring 12 points. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Jack Cooley had 14 points and 13 rebounds as No. 22 Notre Dame beat Kennesaw State 85-57 on Wednesday night.

Cooley has five double-doubles in seven games. Jerian Grant added 14 points for the Irish (11-1).

The Owls (1-9) closed out the final four minutes of the first half on a 9-4 run. The spurt was capped by Markeith Cummings' 3 as the first-half buzzer sounded, cutting the deficit to 34-28.

But Notre Dame (11-1) started the second half on a 17-5 run over the first 8:18, and stretched its lead to 53-33. The run included six points from Grant, four from Sherman, four from Cooley and a 3 by freshman Cameron Biedschied.

Aaron Anderson led Kennesaw State with 16 points, followed by Cummings, who had 15.