College basketball roundup

Notre Dame holds off hard-charging Hoosiers

2013-12-14T21:00:00Z 2013-12-15T00:07:09Z Notre Dame holds off hard-charging HoosiersThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 14, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

Jerian Grant had 23 points and nine assists Saturday, and Pat Connaughton scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead Notre Dame past Indiana 79-72 in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.

The Fighting Irish (8-3) won for just the third time in five games, but never trailed the Hoosiers.

Despite having most of the crowd clad in Indiana red, the Hoosiers (8-3) lost for the second straight year in Indianapolis. Will Sheehey tied his career high with 22 points, while Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell finished with 13.

Notre Dame took a 13-point lead in the first half, forcing the Hoosiers to play catch-up the rest of the afternoon. They never quite did.

Indiana tied the score twice early in the second half, and were within one or two points for most of the final 10 minutes. But the Irish pulled away in the final minute to seal it.

Butler 76, Purdue 70: Kellen Dunham scored 25 points to help Butler defeat Purdue in the Crossroads Classic.

Khyle Marshall had 18 points and nine rebounds and Erik Fromm scored 14 points for the Bulldogs (8-2), who won their third straight. The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in Crossroads Classic games. Last year, the Bulldogs upset No. 1 Indiana 88-86 in overtime.

Terone Johnson scored a season-high 20 points and Bryson Scott added 15 for Purdue (8-3), which had won three straight. Purdue center A.J. Hammons, a 7-footer who is one of the nation's leading shot blockers, fouled out after playing just 17 minutes. He finished with 10 points and three rebounds.

Illinois-Chicago 75, Southeast Missouri State 69: Kelsey Barlow had 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead Illinois-Chicago to a victory over Southeast Missouri State.

UIC (4-6) jumped out to a 16-0 advantage at the 14:05 mark of the first period. Jarekious Bradley, who led Southeast Missouri (7-3) with 28 points and nine rebounds, then hit a jump shot to get the Redhawks on the board. They came charging back to cut the lead to 38-33 by halftime.

Bradley hit a 3-pointer with 12:45 remaining in the game to close to 51-50. Four other times Southeast Missouri came within one point but could never grab the lead. Bradley hit a jump shot with 3:38 remaining to make the score 64-63. Barlow answered with a layup, a jump shot and two free throws to seal the victory for UIC.

Marc Brown and Jordan Harks each had 12 points for UIC.

IPFW 95, SIU-Edwardsville 75: Luis Jacobo scored 20 and Pierre Bland had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

After Michael Kibiloski put IPFW up 49-37 on a 3-pointer early in the second half, the Mastodons led by no less than 10 points for the rest of the night. They were 31 of 54 from the floor for 57 percent.

IPFW (9-4) led 39-31 at the break but scored 56 points and shot 9 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half. Isaiah McCray and Kibiloski each scored 11 and Steve Forbes added 10 points for the 'Dons.

SIUE (2-9) fought to within 29-27 in the first half, but allowed a 10-2 run and never challenged IPFW again. Maurice Wiltz and Keaton Jackson scored 14 apiece for the Cougars and Kris Davis and Donivine Stewart each added 11.

No. 22 UMass 80, N. Illinois 54: Cady Lalanne scored 16 points to lead Massachusetts (9-0) to a victory over Northern Illinois.

Dontel Highsmith led the Huskies (3-5) with 10 points.

Women

No. 4 Notre Dame 86, Michigan 64: Loyd Jewell scored 20 points; Natalie Achonwa had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Notre Dame (9-0) cruised to a victory over Michigan (7-4).

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