NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Head coach Mick Cronin of the Cincinnati Bearcats looks on from the bench against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle …
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Jerian Grant scored 13 points to lead No. 25 Notre Dame to a 62-41 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.
Grant shot just 2-of-9 from the field but was perfect from the free-throw line, hitting a season-high nine.
The Irish (22-6, 10-5 Big East) had four players score in double figures. Tom Knight scored 12, followed by Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins with 11.
Unlike their last game against Pittsburgh, when they managed only one field goal over the first 9 minutes, the Irish started hot, hitting their first four attempts. Cincinnati, by contrast, converted just 3 of their first 15 tries, and finished the first half shooting 7-of-25, or 28 percent.
The Bearcats (19-9, 7-8) weren't much more accurate in the second half, finishing the game at 32 percent shooting.
JaQuon Parker led Cincinnati with 12 points.
Notre Dame got solid play from all four of their bigs, dominating Cincinnati on the boards. The Irish outrebounded the Bearcats 43-27, often kicking the ball back out to their guards to set up new plays.
Irish freshman Zach Auguste came off the bench to grab nine rebounds, his season high.
With the win, Notre Dame has now at least 10 Big East victories four years in a row for the first time in school history.
Grant's fastbreak layup with 8:43 to go in the first half stretched the Irish lead to 19-6, prompting Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin to call a timeout.
Pat Connaughton's 3 from the corner, falling through the net just two seconds before the first-half buzzer, gave the Irish a 29-15 lead at the break.
Notre Dame scored the first five points of the second half, off a fastbreak layup by Atkins and a 3 by the point guard, stretching their lead to 19, the largest of the game up to that point. That prompted another timeout by Cronin, and the Bearcats seemed poised for a rally. Coming out of the timeout, they reeled off a 9-0 run over a nearly four-minute span, including two layups and free throw by Parker, and reduced the lead to 11, at 39-28.
But the Irish regained control with a 3 by freshman Cameron Biedscheid, starting a 11-4 run punctuated by a two-handed dunk by Cooley off an Atkins feed, and increasing their lead back to 18 at 50-32.
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