No. 20 Notre Dame pounds Portland
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Russell Carter poured in 28 points to lead
20th-ranked Notre Dame over Portland, 86-69, at the Joyce Center.
Rob Kurz added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the red-hot Fighting Irish
(9-1), who has won eight straight contests. Luke Harangody chipped in with 12
points off the bench.
Brian McTear netted 14 points and dished out six assists for the Pilots
(2-11), who lost their eighth straight game. Darren Cooper tallied 11 points
and pulled down six rebounds.
The Pilots hung in during the first half and were down just six, 35-29,
entering the final frame. But, the Fighting Irish quickly distanced
themselves. Kyle McAlarney drained a three to put Notre Dame up by double-
digits, 42-32, less than 2 1/2 minutes into the half.
Portland wouldn’t give in, however. Cooper connected on a three of his own,
with 10:49 left, to make it a 56-51 game.
The Irish then answered and put things away with a 14-5 flurry. Tory Jackson’s
triple put Notre Dame on top, 70-56, with 6 1/2 minutes to go.
Notre Dame coasted to the finish line from there.
Notre Dame is a perfect 5-0 in the all-time series…The Irish had 10 steals
in the game to just one for Portland…The Pilots were 6-of-10 from long range
in the contest.