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NCAA: Indiana, Notre Dame cruise to easy wins

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Associated Press
12/21/2012 10:25:06 PM
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cody Zeller had 24 points, Christian Watford scored 17 and No. 6 Indiana overwhelmed another undermanned opponent Friday night, routing Florida Atlantic 88-52.

Indiana has shot a combined 60.4 per cent from the field in two games this week en route to a 29th consecutive nonconference win at home.

The Owls (5-7) were led by Greg Gantt, who finished with 25 points. He needs four more to break Earnest Crumbley's school scoring record (1,559).

But Indiana never gave coach Mike Jarvis' team a chance in a game that turned ugly fast.

Since losing Saturday to Butler, the Hoosiers (11-1) are 64 of 106 from the field and have held two opponents to a combined shooting rate of 32.8.

Playing twice in three nights has only seemed to help the Hoosiers, who led 55-25 at halftime. They came into the game leading the nation in scoring (89.2 points) and were No. 3 in field goal shooting (52.1).

No. 22 NOTRE DAME 89, NIAGARA 67

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Jack Cooley had 24 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, to lead Notre Dame over Niagara.

The 6-foot-9 senior jumped out to a quick start, tying his season-high game total of 20 points by halftime. The Fighting Irish led 42-34 at the break.

Niagara (5-7) committed 11 fouls in the first half and the Irish (12-1) took advantage, hitting 12 of 14 (86 per cent) free throws. Cooley made half of those and was perfect from the stripe.

The Irish got rolling as the game wore on, shooting a season-high 62 per cent in their 10th consecutive victory. They put the game away with a 23-7 run during a 7-minute span midway through the second half, extending their lead to 20.

Antoine Mason led the Purple Eagles with 17 points.

It was Cooley's eighth double-double in his last 10 games. Freshman forward Cameron Biedscheid had 15 points for Notre Dame, shooting 4 of 4 from 3-point range.

The winning streak is the longest for the Irish since a 10-game run four years ago.

Cody Zeller (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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