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ND dominates 1st half, beats Bucknell 101-69

Dec 23, 2009 - 1:54 AM By TOM COYNE AP Sports Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind.(AP) -- Luke Harangody had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to pace Notre Dame to an easy 101-69 victory over Bucknell on Tuesday night.

Ben Hansbrough added 16 points and five assists for the Fighting Irish (11-2), and Tim Abromaitis had 15 points. The Irish dominated from the start, hitting their first five shots to open a 15-4 lead while the Bison were just 2 of 12 from the floor. By the time the Irish missed their first 2-point shot, a jumper inside by Abromaitis, they were ahead 29-12.

In the first half, the Irish made nine 3-pointers and shot 63 percent while the Bison shot just 24 percent. Notre Dame led 49-22 at halftime.

Bryson Johnson scored 17 points for Bucknell (4-8), which lost its fifth straight.