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Notre Dame Holds Off Connecticut

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It was a close game between Notre Dame and Connecticut. The Irish had a three-point deficit after the first half, but were able to hold the Huskies back.

Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points despite fouling out with over 8 minutes left and No. 8 Notre Dame held off Kemba Walker and No. 16 Connecticut 70-67 on Saturday.

Walker scored 34 points but missed a 3-point attempt with 8 seconds left and UConn trailing 69-67. Donnell Beverly also fumbled away a pass just before time ran out.

Carleton Scott and Tyrone Nash each had 13 points for the Fighting Irish (25-5, 14-4), who kept alive their hopes for a share of the Big East title. They closed the regular season with four straight wins and have won 11 of 12 overall.

UConn (22-9, 9-9), which has lost four of five, will have to play Tuesday in the opening round of the conference tournament.

Notre Dame entered one game behind Pittsburgh for the top spot in conference, but had already secured a double bye for next week’s tournament.

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