MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Grant leads Notre Dame in win over Cornell

2013-12-01T21:00:00Z MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Grant leads Notre Dame in win over CornellThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 01, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

Jerian Grant scored 20 points to reach 1,000 for his career in leading Notre Dame to a 101-67 win Sunday over Cornell at Purcell Pavilion.

Eric Atkins added 19 points and Pat Connaughton had 18 as all five Irish starters reached double figures.

Nolan Cressler scored 17 points and Robert Hatter had 15 to pace Cornell, which has now lost 15 in a row dating back to last season, one away from tying the school record longest losing streak of 16, set in the 1972-73 season.

The Big Red, which won 29 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2010, is 0-9 for the first time since 1904-05, when it started 0-10.

After starting the game 2-for-10, Notre Dame (5-1) found the range and finished with its highest point total of the season. The Irish broke the 100-point mark for the first time since its 5-overtime upset of Louisville last season.

Grant knocked down a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half as Notre Dame hit four in a row from deep, but Hatter kept the Big Red within striking distance. Hatter scored Cornell's first six points of the second half and continually found room in the lane, forcing Notre Dame coach Mike Brey to switch to a zone defense.

Purdue 68, Siena 63: A.J. Hammons scored 16 points, Basil Smotherman had a late tiebreaking dunk, and Purdue beat Siena in the seventh-place game at the Old Spice Classic.

Smotherman's slam put Purdue (6-2) up 65-63 with 27.9 seconds left. Hammons added two free throws to make it 67-63.

Purdue wasted a 27-17 halftime lead Friday in losing 69-54 to Washington State. One day earlier, the Boilermakers stormed back from a 24-point deficit and pulled within 84-80 on a 3-pointer by Kendall Stephens with 3 minutes left before losing 97-87 to No. 5 Oklahoma State.

Siena (2-7) got 17 points from Rob Poole and Evan Hymes. Poole, the Saints leading scorer, fouled out with five minutes left and Siena up 60-53.

After Poole left, Purdue got six straight points before Hymes got his first points of the second half, a 3-point play, to give Siena a 63-59 lead with 93 seconds left.

LSU 70, Butler 68, OT: Johnny O'Bryant III scored 17 points as LSU beat Butler to capture third place at the Old Spice Classic.

Andre Stringer, averaging 15.5 points a game, got his first points on a jumper that put LSU (5-2) up 67-65 with 2:40 left in OT. After a Butler free throw, O'Bryant made it 69-66 on a jumper with just under 2 minutes left.

O'Bryant extended the lead to 70-66 with a late free throw.

"We knew coming in it would be a hard-fought battle against a team with a great tradition," LSU coach Johnny Jones said. "I thought our guys did a great job playing through it all. Finishing the game strong. I'm really excited about how these guys performed today."

Anthony Hickey got LSU into overtime by tying it at 61-all on a trey in the final seconds of the regulation. It was his only basket.

DePaul 93, Oregon State 81: Cleveland Melvin scored 23 points and had seven rebounds to lead DePaul.

DePaul (4-3) bounced back after back-to-back blowout losses to Wichita State and Texas in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.

Brandon Young added 21 points, five assists and five rebounds and freshman Billy Garrett Jr. had 15 points and 10 assists for the Blue Demons.

Devon Collier scored a career-high 32 points for Oregon State (3-2), who trailed by double digits for most of the second half.

Mississippi St 65, Loyola of Chicago 64, OT: Mississippi State's Craig Sword and Roquez Johnson combined for 44 points as the Bulldogs held off Loyola in overtime.

Sword had a game-high 24 points and put MSU (5-1) in front for good with an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:36 left in overtime. Johnson had a career-best 20 points and also his first double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.

Loyola (3-5) was led by Milton Doyle's 22 points.

MSU and Loyola were tied at 29-29 at halftime despite the Bulldogs shooting 38 percent. Loyola shot 50 percent in the first half and led MSU in rebounding 15-13 but had eight first-half turnovers.

The contest was just the third overall meeting between the two schools with the first game coming in the historic 1963 NCAA Tournament.

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