Notre Dame Vs. Rutgers: Fighting Irish Win 7th Straight

Notre Dame picked up its seventh straight victory.

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Notre Dame Vs. Rutgers Final Score: Fighting Irish Win Seventh Straight Game

The No. 25 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are surging at the right time, and on Wednesday against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, ND picked up its seventh straight win. Notre Dame led only by five at halftime but dominated after the intermission to escape with a 71-53 home win over Rutgers. The victory improves the Fighting Irish to 18-8 (10-3 Big East), while Rutgers drops to 12-14, 4-9.

Big man Jack Cooley was again the leading man for Notre Dame. Cooley scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed 18 rebounds, eight of them on the offensive end. Jerian Grant chipped in 11 points in the win. Pat Connaughton and Eric Atkins each had 10 points for Notre Dame.

Rutgers was led by Dane Miller, who scored a team-high 11 points. Teammate Eli Carter had 10 points in the loss.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head over to Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and Rutgers blog On The Banks. And for more from around college hoops, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub.

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Notre Dame Vs. Rutgers Score Update: Fighting Irish Lead 33-28 At Halftime

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are taking a 33-28 lead into halftime against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Wednesday night as they seek a seventh consecutive victory. The Irish, ranked No. 25 in the nation at the moment, could jump into a second-place tie with No. 13 Marquette in the Big East standings by finishing off a win.

Notre Dame quickly jumped out to take a 14-5 lead in the game's first few minutes, but Rutgers responded with a 6-0 run and eventually trimmed the Irish's lead to 26-24 with just a few minutes left in the half. Notre Dame's shooting during the first half was brutal, but especially from inside the three-point line. The Irish actually shot a very solid 6-of-13 from long range in the first half, but they managed to make just 2-of-14 shots from inside.

Pat Connaughton leads the Irish with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting, with all six of his shooting attempts coming from beyond the three-point line. Notre Dame also got nine points from Jerian Grant, as well as five points and nine rebounds from Jack Cooley. Dane Miller posted a double-double in the first half for Rutgers, notching ten points and ten rebounds.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head over to Notre Dame blog One Foot Down and Rutgers blog On The Banks. And for more from around college hoops, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub.

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Notre Dame Vs. Rutgers Preview: Irish Look To Stay Hot

Notre Dame goes for seven in a row.

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