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    FIGHTING IRISH Rob Kurz scored 15 points to lead Notre Dame
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Rob Kurz scored 15 points to lead Notre Dame
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Nov. 17, 2007

    Final Stats

    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Rob Kurz scored 15 points to lead Notre Dame to a 76-33 rout of Monmouth on Friday night at the Paradise Jam.

    Kyle McAlarney and Ryan Ayers added 13 points each for the Fighting Irish (2-0) in a balanced attack against the Hawks (0-3).

    The Irish took an early 17-4 lead, hitting their first five 3-pointers. They cooled off slightly to finish 10-for-23 from behind the arc.

    With less than five minutes to play in the first half, the Hawks cut the deficit to 25-22 on a 3-point shot by Whitney Coleman that capped an 8-3 run. But the Irish quickly pulled away.

    The Hawks had only eight points in the second half and were held scoreless for the final 10:30 of the game. They shot 13 percent from the floor after halftime, 27 percent for the game.

    On the defensive end, 5-foot-11 guard Tory Jackson made two dramatic plays as the Irish closed out the first half, breaking up a two-on-one fast break and blocking a layup attempt. He finished with three steals and four assists.

    Jhamar Youngblood led the Hawks with eight points and had a game-high four steals. Coleman added seven points and Alex Nunner had six.

    The Irish, who outrebounded the Hawks 46-18, will face Baylor on Sunday in the second round of the tournament.

     

     

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