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No. 21 Irish Defeats Miami (Ohio) 74-62 In Season Opener

Tom Knight #25 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dunks the ball against Reggie Johnson #4 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Purcel Pavilion on November 8, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Tom Knight #25 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish dunks the ball against Reggie Johnson #4 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Purcel Pavilion on November 8, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jerian Grant scored a career-high 26 points to lead No. 21 Notre Dame to a 74-62 win over Miami (Ohio) in the season opener for both squads Friday night.

Notre Dame jumped out to a big lead early, going up 21-6 midway through the first half on a baseline jumper by sophomore forward Zach Auguste.

But Miami kept the game competitive by playing tight man-to-man defense and hustling for rebounds and loose balls.

Sophomore guard Reggie Johnson led the Redhawks with 22 points. His jumper with 3:39 left in the first half cut the Irish lead to 32-27. After Notre Dame regained some momentum, Johnson’s 3 with 36 seconds left in the half cut the lead to 39-32 at the break.

Grant was 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

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