The Notre Dame Fighting Irish hosted the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday afternoon in search of their sixth straight win. They were perhaps hoping for an easy victory, but the first half saw them battling the Demons neck-and-neck.
The two teams headed into halftime with the score knotted at 34-34. The Irish were able to pull away in the second half and pick up the eight-point victory, 84-76, to improve to 9-3 in the Big East and 17-8 overall. Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant provided a one-two punch for the Irish as they tied for the lead in scoring with 22 points each. Cooley also picked up a double-double with 14 rebounds.
On the DePaul side, Jeremiah Kelly was the top scorer with 17 points. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 2-10 in the Big East and 11-13 overall.
The Fighting Irish will play their next game on Wednesday, Feb. 15 as they will host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and try to extend their win streak to lucky number seven.
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