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Recap: Irish Bury The Bearcats In Purcell Pavilion

Getting hot at the right time?

Score: Notre Dame 62, Cincinnati 41

Star: Notre Dame:Tom Knight 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk.

Story: Notre Dame basketball began its week in the best way possible by demolishing Cincinnati in South Bend.

The Irish established their low post presence early on and never let up; Notre Dame dominated Cincy on the boards (41 Reb to 25). Along with that, Irish big men Tom Knight and Jack Cooley both scored in double figures down low. Their command of the paint drew most of the Bearcats' defensive attention, which opened up the floor for the rest of the Irish to shoot 41% from the field.

As for Cincinnati, the Bearcats' lack of ball movement (only 5 assists) and low shooting percentage (31.5%) never allowed them to climb back into this one. With the Big East tournament only a few weeks away, the Irish seem to be getting hot at the right time.