Another big road win for Irish
Notre Dame may look back on this game as the one that got the Fighting Irish into the NCAA tournament. It's too early to say for sure, of course, but a road victory over Connecticut coming on the heels of big wins over Syracuse at home and Seton Hall on the road has to look good. Notre Dame scored a big road victory over UConn a year ago. UConn, ranked 24th heading into the weekend, was looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses. Instead, Notre Dame sent the Huskies into a further tailspin Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., with a 50-48 victory. Eric Atkins scored 13 points, Jerian Grant had 11, and Scott Martin added 10 for the Irish (14-8), who have won three in a row since seeing their home winning streak snapped in a loss to UConn. Jack Cooley and Pat Connaughton each scored eight for Notre Dame. A key contributor, freshman guard Ryan Boatright, returned for UConn, but it wasn't enough. He scored eight. Jeremy Lamb scored 16 and Andre Drummond 15 for the Huskies. Martin and Cooley had seven rebounds each for the Irish. Grant had five rebounds and six assists. Notre Dame scored 13 unanswered points early in the second half to take control, and Grant made three free throws down the stretch to key the victory.
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