January 21, 2007
Irish home streak reaches 16
NOTRE DAME, Ind.-There's a very simple reason as to why Notre Dame is now 14-0 at home this season and has equaled the third longest winning streak-16 games-at the Joyce Center.
and the assistants are in charge of the road," quipped Irish head coach Mike Brey moments after Notre Dame's 82-58 victory over South Florida Sunday afternoon in the Joyce Center.
Four days after surrendering 102 points at Villanova in a 15-point loss-and two-and-a-half weeks after an 18-point loss at Georgetown-the Irish turned a relatively tough first-half battle into a 16-point halftime lead, which never dipped below double digits again.
Notre Dame improved to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big East. South Florida (10-10, 1-5), in just its second year in the conference, fell to 0-12 on the road in the Big East, including 0-4 this season.
"We kind of got beat up inside against Villanova, so today, we wanted to make sure we came out from the beginning and tried to establish the low post game," said junior tri-captain Rob Kurz, who led the Irish with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Notre Dame out-rebounded the Bulls, 45-30, although 6-foot-9, 270-pound Kentrell Gransberry certainly did his part for South Florida.
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