(WSCR) – A winter storm pounded South Bend dropping about three feet of snow. Despite the deep snow and waist-high snow drifts, the Notre Dame Irish and St. John’s Red Storm still tipped off on time. The Irish surged against St. John’s, ending their winning streak.

Ben Hansbrough scored 12 of his 26 points from 3-point range, and No. 14 Notre Dame beat St. John’s 76-61 on Saturday night, ending the Red Storm’s five-game winning streak and handing them their first Big East loss.

Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin added 12 each for the Irish (14-2, 3-1 Big East), and Abromaitis had nine rebounds. Notre Dame improved to 11-0 at home, delighting the Joyce Center crowd that turned out despite a storm that dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on the South Bend area.

Justin Brownlee led St. John’s (10-4, 3-1) with 17 points and seven rebounds. But unlike the last five games, when four players averaged double figures, he didn’t get much help. Dwayne Polee II (12 points) was the only other player in double figures, and St. John’s shot just 38 percent, well below the 52 percent it shot during its winning streak.

AP National Writer Nancy Armour contributed to this report.

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