College basketball roundup

Notre Dame men upset No. 8 Kentucky

2012-11-29T21:15:00Z 2012-11-30T02:17:59Z Notre Dame men upset No. 8 KentuckyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 29, 2012 9:15 pm  • 

Eric Atkins scored 16 points and Notre Dame beat No. 8 Kentucky 64-50 on Thursday night for its 41st victory in the past 42 home games.

Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant each had 13 points for the Fighting Irish (7-1), who opened an 11-point lead by halftime.

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

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.

Julius Mays led Kentucky with 16 points and Nerlens Noel had 10.

Two of Kentucky's heralded freshmen struggled. Archie Goodwin, who is averaging 19 points, was 1 of 7 shooting and finished with three points and Alex Polythress, who is averaging 18.4 points, had just one basket and was 1 of 3 from the free-throw line.

Cooley added 11 rebounds for the Irish, who outrebounded Kentucky 33-27. Noel and Goodwin each had seven rebounds.

Notre Dame wore black uniforms with stitched green letters and numbers that were hard to see and the crowd wore black in support of the team.

 

Women

No. 5 Notre Dame 72, Central Michigan 63: Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 25 points in the first half, and Notre Dame pulled away late in a victory over Central Michigan.

Ariel Braker added 10 points and eight rebounds to help the Fighting Irish (5-0) close November undefeated for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Jessica Green scored 19 points for Central Michigan (2-3).

In the program's first home game against a top-5 team, the Chippewas played like they belonged. The teams exchanged leads nine times in the first half before Notre Dame took a 40-39 lead at the break.

The Chippewas led by as many as four in the first half.

Green scored 12 points in the first 20 minutes, and sophomore star Crystal Bradford grabbed seven of the team's 21 first-half rebounds to help keep the Chippewas within reach of the Fighting Irish.

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