Notre Dame

No. 22 Notre Dame Beats IPFW 74-62

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot fires up the crowd before the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four championship game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Conseco Fieldhouse on April 5, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot fires up the crowd before the 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four championship game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Conseco Fieldhouse on April 5, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Pat Connaughton scored 18 points to lead No. 22 Notre Dame to a 74-62 victory over IPFW on Monday night.

Connaughton more than doubled his 7.9 points-per-game average and had six rebounds and five assists.

Notre Dame (10-1) led 40-28 at halftime then opened the second half with a 9-5 run over the first 4:21, capped by a two-handed stuff by Jack Cooley off a full-court fastbreak pass from Jerian Grant. The Irish extended their lead to 19 points on a layup by Garrick Sherman with 13:35 to play.

Cooley had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Scott Martin scored 13 points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.

Luis Jacobo and Joe Edwards both scored 11 points for the Mastodons (5-7).

IPFW shot 36 percent from the field while the Irish made 52 percent.

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