DePaul

Notre Dame Has No Trouble With Slumping DePaul

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Ben Hansbrough

Ben Hansbrough (photo credit: AP)

Notre Dame soared over DePaul Thursday night. The Irish won their fourth straight game while the Blue Demons losing streak is now nine straight.

Ben Hansbrough scored 24 points and No. 9 Notre Dame used runs at the end of the first half and beginning of the second Thursday night to rout DePaul 83-58, running the Irish’s winning streak to four games.

Notre Dame (18-4, 7-3) was coming off a nine-day layoff following its upset win at Pittsburgh on Jan. 24. It didn’t take long for the rust – if there was much at all – to go away.

DePaul, meanwhile, suffered its 22nd straight loss in the Big East, counting one league tournament game. The Blue Demons (6-15, 0-8) have also dropped 25 straight to ranked opponents.

Scott Martin added 15 points and Tim Abromatis 13 for the Irish. Freshman Brandon Young led DePaul with 16. The Blue Demons’ leading scorer Cleveland Melvin, averaging 14.5, managed just four.

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