Seton Hall knew it was in for a challenge trying to slow Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins against No. 21 Notre Dame. When Scott Martin began hitting 3s over the Pirates' zone defense, they had no chance.
Martin, a Valparaiso High School graduate, had a season-high 22 points on a career-high six 3-pointers to lead the Irish to a 93-74 victory Saturday.
"That was great to see," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "That's a weapon that is a new kind of a weapon for us that we're really going to need to count on through the rest of the Big East."
Cooley added 19 points and 13 rebounds and Atkins had 17 points and 10 assists as the Irish (13-1, 1-0 Big East) won their 11th straight, their second-longest winning streak in 13 seasons under Brey. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Seton Hall (12-3, 1-1).
It was the best game of the season for Martin, whose previous high was 14 points with four 3-pointers in a victory over Brown. Martin, a sixth-year senior, said he focused on improving his outside shooting during the offseason with the help of his younger brother, Andy.
"He came over and hung out with me this summer, worked me out, and I was able to get some shots up. We worked on the jumper. He ironed it out. We discussed all of the little mechanics. No big changes, just little things. He did a lot of rebounding for me," Martin said.
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard noticed the difference.
"He's got a much more fluid release. Plus he's just a very smart basketball player. He doesn't get in trouble. He really complements Cooley really well," Willard said.
No. 1 Duke 80, Wake Forest 62: Ryan Kelly had another big day against Wake Forest, scoring a season-high 22 points as Duke (14-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) routed the Demon Deacons (7-6, 0-1).
No. 3 Arizona 60, Utah 57: Solomon Hill had 19 points; Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left, and Arizona (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) dodged another last-second shot to beat Utah (8-6, 0-2) and remain undefeated.
No. 11 Illinois 74, No. 8 Ohio State 55: Brandon Paul scored 19 points as Illinois (14-2, 1-1 Big Ten) bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener. Mount Carmel grad and 2010-11 Times Illinois Player of the Year Tracy Abrams added 13 points for the Fighting Illini.
Illinois used stingy defense to shut down the Buckeyes (11-3, 1-1).
No. 12 Missouri 66, Bucknell 64: Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points, and Laurence Bowers added 16 for Missouri (11-2).
St. John's 53, No. 14 Cincinnati 52: JaKarr Sampson scored 16 points and D'Angelo Harrison added 15 and St. John's (9-5, 1-1 Big East) beat Cincinnati (13-2, 1-1) in yet another close game between the teams.
Marquette 49, No. 15 Georgetown 48: Davante Gardner made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left and Marquette (11-3, 2-0 Big East) had to hang on while Georgetown (10-2, 0-1) missed a deciding free throw.
No. 16 Creighton 79, Indiana State 66: Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Creighton (14-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half.
The Sycamores (9-5, 2-1) lost for the 14th straight time in Omaha since 1999.
No. 17 Butler 57, New Orleans 44: Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13 to lead Butler.
The Bulldogs (12-2) are 7-0 at home this season and will take a nine-game winning streak into their Atlantic 10 debut Wednesday night at Saint Joseph's.
No. 18 Michigan State 84, Purdue 61: Freshman Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points, and Michigan State (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away.
Branden Dawson, a Lew Wallace graduate, had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, who bounced back from a loss at Minnesota in their conference opener.
A.J. Hammons scored 20 points for the Boilermakers (7-7, 1-1).
No. 25 Kansas State 73, No. 22 Oklahoma State 67: Rodney McGruder scored all but two of his 28 points in the second half and Kansas State (12-2, 1-0 Big 12) turned away a game effort from freshman Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State (10-3, 0-1).
No. 23 North Carolina State 78, Boston College 73: Scott Wood atoned for a scoreless first half with 12 points in the second, hitting two 3-pointers and six free throws down the stretch for North Carolina State (12-2, 1-0) in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Rutgers 67, No. 24 Pittsburgh 62: Eli Carter scored 23 points, and Rutgers (10-3, 1-1 Big East) held off a second-half rally to hand Pittsburgh (12-3, 0-2) its second straight loss.
IPFW 96, Nebraska-Omaha 78: Frank Gaines and Michael Kibiloski scored 26 points apiece and IPFW (8-9, 1-2 Summit) built an early lead behind hot 3-point shooting in a win over Nebraska-Omaha (4-14, 1-5).
Youngstown State 68, Loyola 66: Kendrick Perry hit a jump shot with 5 seconds left in the game to give Youngstown State (9-6, 1-1 Horizon) a victory over Loyola (10-4, 1-1).
No. 5 Notre Dame 73, No. 1 Connecticut 72: Kayla McBride scored 21 points, and Skylar Diggins added 19 to help Notre Dame upset Connecticut (12-1, 0-1) in the Big East conference opener for both teams.
Trailing 73-72 with 6 seconds left, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis missed a 3-pointer from the corner and the Irish (12-1, 1-0) got the ensuing rebound and ran out the clock as Diggins threw the ball into the air at the final buzzer.
DePaul 86, No. 11 Louisville 80: Anna Martin scored 22 points and DePaul (12-3) held on to beat Louisville (12-3) in the Big East opener for both schools.
No. 14 Purdue 69, No. 25 Nebraska 66, OT: Sam Ostarello had 17 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and Purdue (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) held off Nebraska (11-4, 1-1) in overtime.
The schools met twice last season. Nebraska, new to the Big Ten, won the regular-season meeting at Purdue in triple overtime, but Purdue won the tournament championship in double overtime at Indianapolis.