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Following Flynt - Six In A Row

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It took the crowd (and the team) a little while to get going this afternoon at Purcell Pavilion, but the Notre Dame men's basketball team won its sixth straight game, a 84-76 victory over the DePaul Blue Demons.

After a 34-34 halftime tie, the Irish outscored DePaul 50-42 in the second half to improve to 9-3 in the BIG EAST and 17-8 overall. A team once left for dead, at this point it is probably safe to say Notre Dame controls its own postseason destiny. With six games to play, the Irish are tied with Marquette for second place in the conference, behind #2 Syracuse.

Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant led the Fighting Irish with 22 points apiece. Cooley also grabbed 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season. He blocked four shots and drew a key offensive foul in the closing minutes.

Eric Atkins also finished in double figures for Notre Dame, tallying 14 points.

The Irish have not lost since Jan. 16 in Piscataway, N.J. against Rutgers. Interestingly enough, they will look for a seventh straight win on Wednesday against, who else? The Scarlet Knights.

The game begins at 7 pm ET and will be broadcast on ESPNU. Follow the live blog right here on Irish UNDerground and stay tuned to UND.com for highlights from today's contest and post-game presser.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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