Notre Dame Vs. Connecticut: Fighting Irish Pull Off 50-48 Victory Over No. 19 Huskies

The Fighting Irish (13-8, 5-3) look to stay near the top of the Big East with a victory over the Connecticut Huskies (14-5, 4-3).

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Notre Dame Vs. Connecticut Final Score: Fighting Irish Win 50-48 Upset Over No. 19 Huskies

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish stunned another ranked Big East opponent on Sunday, pulling off a 50-48 upset over the No. 19 Connecticut Huskies on the road. The Irish had to fight off numerous attempts by the Huskies to come back, but they never gave up the lead after beginning the second half on a big run.

After trailing 24-21 going into halftime, the Fighting Irish scored the first 13 points of the second half to take a ten-point lead. The advantage never got any larger than that, but it also never got any smaller than two points. Both teams really struggled to make shots, with Notre Dame shooting 36 percent from the field and Connecticut shooting only slightly better at 41 percent.

Eric Atkins led Notre Dame in scoring with 13 points. Jerian Grant also had an extremely active game, putting up 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Every single point scored by the Irish came from one of the five starters. The Huskies were led by Jeremy Lamb with 16 points, while Andre Drummond played well, scoring 15 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking four shots.

The win gives Notre Dame three straight victories, with two of those coming against ranked opponents. Connecticut has now lost three consecutive games and visits D.C. for a match-up against Georgetown in its next game.

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Notre Dame Vs. Connecticut Score Update: Huskies Up By Three At Halftime

Nothing quite says Big East basketball like 45 combined points in the first half of a game, but as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish head into the locker room down 24-21 at the half to the Connecticut Huskies, it's safe to say that Irish coach Mike Brey will no complaints. The Irish only made eight field goals in the first half, but four of them were from downtown, which helped them stick with a Huskies team that shot 50% from the field in the first 20 minutes.

The Irish were led in the half their backcourt, with Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins combining to score 11 of Notre Dame's 21 first half points. But it wasn't easy for either, as those 11 points came on a combined 4-11 shooting, though a three pointer from each helped their cause. The Huskies were paced by center Andre Drummond and forward Jeremy Lamb, who totaled 15 of the UConn's 24 points, with Drummond also adding four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

In his anticipated return of an NCAA embargo, UConn guard Ryan Boatright finished the half with two points on a single shot, to go along with an assist and a rebound.

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Notre Dame Vs. Connecticut Preview: Irish Looking For Big Road Victory

The Fighting Irish (13-8, 5-3) look to stay near the top of the Big East with a victory over the Connecticut Huskies (14-5, 4-3).

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