SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Jerian Grant scored 22 points to lead red-hot Notre Dame to a 92-65 win over Chicago State on Monday night.
The Irish (6-1) took a 51-32 lead into the break, thanks largely to their blistering accuracy from 3-point land. They hit 10 of 16 3-point attempts in the first half, a 62.5-percent clip.
Scott Martin and Cameron Biedscheid each hit 3 of 5 3-point attempts for the Irish. They finished 12 of 22, or 55 percent, from behind the arc, and 61 percent overall.
Grant hit a strong baseline drive and drew a foul, then made the free throw, to give Notre Dame its then-biggest lead, 42-27, with 3:20 to go in the half. Moments later, he stole an inbound pass near the top of the Chicago State key and drove the length of the floor for an electrifying windmill dunk.
Clarke Rosenberg led the Cougars (1-6) with 16 points.
Notre Dame put the game away with a 10-0 run that began with 13:28 remaining. Biedscheid started it with a 3, followed by three low-post put-ins by Garrick Sherman and a 15-footer by Eric Atkins. That made it a 27-point lead with 10:37 to go.
Six Irish players scored in double figures. Atkins had 13, Sherman scored 12 and Martin and Jack Cooley contributed 11 points each, while Pat Connaughton scored 10. Atkins and Grant were in double figures in assists, with Atkins getting 11 and Grant 10, and Cooley grabbed 11 rebounds.
The Irish held Chicago State to 36 percent shooting, and outscored them 42-24 in the paint.