Irish smash No. 8 Wildcats

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame's experience and raucous home crowd were too much for eighth-ranked Kentucky and its heralded freshmen.

Junior guards Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant paced the Fighting Irish to a 64-50 victory Thursday night.

Atkins led the Fighting Irish with 16 points, Grant had 13 points and six assists and Jack Cooley added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

"The way our guards were controlling things, I didn't have to do a lot of coaching," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

"Those guys were coaching the team. Eric Atkins running things, calling sets. When you have a veteran backcourt doing that, I just don't want to get in their way too much."

Notre Dame outplayed Kentucky (4-2) inside during the first half and held the Wildcats to a season-low 40 percent shooting for the game.

The Irish shot 48 percent, the best anyone against Kentucky this season.

The senior captains of the top-ranked Notre Dame football team, linebacker Manti Te'o, defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, tight end Tyler Eifert and tackle Zack Martin, got a standing ovation when they were introduced at halftime.

Students rushed the floor after the Irish wrapped up their second win over the Wildcats in the past 13 meetings.

No. 7 Florida 82, Marquette 49

At Gainesville, Fla., Michael Frazier II scored 17 points, one of six Florida players in double figures, and the seventh-ranked Gators routed Marquette in the SEC-Big East Challenge.

The Gators (6-0) stayed unbeaten without much help from Kenny Boynton. The team's leading scorer missed his first six shots and was scoreless until hitting a jumper with 16:34 remaining.

No. 12 Gonzaga 104,Lewis-Clark State 57

At Spokane, Wash., redshirt freshman Kyle Dranginis scored a season high 30 points, and five other Gonzaga players scored in double figures as the 12th-ranked Bulldogs coasted to a victory over Lewis-Clark State College.

Przemek Karnowski scored 16 points, Sam Dower and David Stockton had 13 each.


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