No. 6 Indiana 88 Florida Atlantic 52
Cody Zeller had 24 points and six rebounds, Christian Watford scored 17 points and Indiana overwhelmed another undermanned opponent Friday night, routing visiting Florida Atlantic. Indiana shot a combined 60.4 percent from the field in two games this week en route to a 29th consecutive nonconference win at home. The Owls (5-7) were led by Greg Gantt, who finished with 25 points. He needs four more to break Earnest Crumbley’s school scoring record (1,559). But Indiana never gave coach Mike Jarvis’ team a chance in a game that turned ugly fast. Since losing Saturday to Butler, the Hoosiers (11-1) are 64 of 106 from the field and have held this week’s two opponents to a combined shooting rate of 32.8. Playing twice in three nights has only seemed to help the Hoosiers, who came into the game leading the nation in scoring (89.2 points) and were No. 3 in field goal shooting (52.1). Indiana opened the game by going 9 of 12 from the floor.
No. 22 Notre Dame 89, Niagara 67
Jack Cooley had 24 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, to lead Notre Dame to a win over visiting Niagara. The 6-foot-9 senior jumped out to a quick start, tying his season-high game total of 20 points by halftime. The Fighting Irish led 42-34 at the break. Niagara (5-7) committed 11 fouls in the first half and the Irish (12-1) took advantage, hitting 12-of-14 (86 percent) free throws. Cooley made half of those and was perfect from the stripe. The Irish got rolling as the game wore on, shooting a season-high 62 percent in their 10th consecutive victory. They put the game away with a 23-7 run during a 7-minute span midway through the second half. Antoine Mason led the Purple Eagles with 17 points. It was Cooley’s eighth double-double in his last 10 games. He entered tied for second nationally in that statistic. Freshman forward Cameron Biedscheid had 15 points for Notre Dame including 4-for-4 from deep. The winning streak is the longest for the Irish since a 10-game run four years ago. The Purple Eagles, who hadn’t played a team ranked as high as No. 22 since 2000, fell to 12-78 against ranked opponents.