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Notre Dame Cruises Past Florida International, 81-47
Notre Dame forward Rick Cornett (11) drives the lane as Florida International forward Ivan Almonte (24) defends. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
 
Notre Dame forward Rick Cornett (11) drives the lane as Florida International forward Ivan Almonte (24) defends. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Dec. 10, 2005

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Torin Francis and Chris Quinn scored 16 points each as Notre Dame took control from the start and cruised to an 81-47 victory over Florida International on Saturday night.

Colin Falls added 13 points, including a rare basket inside, and Notre Dame (4-2) led 66-35 when Kyle McAlarney hit a 3-pointer with 8:40 left. The Golden Panthers (3-4) couldn't cut into the lead much even after the Irish played most of the rest of the game with a lineup of four freshmen and a sophomore. Rob Kurz scored with 43 seconds left to give the Irish the final 34-point margin of victory.

Russell Carter added 11 points for the Irish. Falls, who hadn't made a 2-point basket in Notre Dame's first five games and had just 18 the past two seasons while making 130 3-pointers, had two 2-point baskets in the game. Nine players scored for the Irish, which shot 41 percent.

Ivan Almonte led Florida International with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Ismael N'Diaye added 10 points for the Panthers, who shot 33 percent.

The Irish took control from the beginning with Francis scoring the team's first seven points, Quinn hitting a pair of 15-foot jumpers and Francis scoring again inside to make it 13-5. The Panthers made just 3 of their first 13 shots and fell behind 23-8 on a 3-pointer by Carter.

Florida International had 12 turnovers in the half, leading to 17 points by Notre Dame.

Quinn made 10 straight free throws in the span of 2:20, four of them following technicals against Florida International, to give the Irish a 34-18 lead. Notre Dame, which led 38-20 at the half, used a 12-2 run early in the second half to extend the lead to 56-28 and the Panthers were never able to make a run.

 

 

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7:00 PM
Mercy
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November 7
7:00 PM
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November 12
12:00 PM
Bryant University
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November 21
TBA
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November 22
TBA
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November 26
2:00 PM
Chicago State
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November 29
9:00 PM
Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 4
TBA
North Carolina A&T
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December 6
9:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 10
12:00 PM
Villanova
Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

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December 17
2:00 PM
Purdue
Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

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December 19
7:00 PM
Colgate
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 28
7:00 PM
Saint Peters
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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December 31
TBA
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January 4
9:00 PM
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January 7
3:00 PM
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January 12
7:00 PM
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January 14
2:00 PM
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January 18
7:00 PM
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January 21
12:00 PM
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January 24
8:00 PM
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January 28
12:00 PM
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January 30
7:00 PM
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February 4
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February 7
7:00 PM
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February 11
2:00 PM
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February 14
7:00 PM
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February 18
12:00 PM
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February 26
6:30 PM
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March 1
8:00 PM
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March 4
2:00 PM
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Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)

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