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UConn stops Irish home winning streak at 29

Jan 14, 2012 - 10:12 PM Notre Dame, IN (Sports Network) - Andre Drummond had 10 points and 13 rebounds, as the 17th-ranked Connecticut Huskies snapped Notre Dame's 29-game home winning streak with a 67-53 victory.

Shabazz Napier added 16 points and five assists for the Huskies (14-3, 4-2 Big East), who have won two in a row since a two-game skid. Alex Oriakhi donated 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Connecticut also snapped Notre Dame's 45-game home winning streak in 2009.

"We lost to a heck of a basketball team today," said Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. "I give a lot of credit to Connecticut. Defensively, it was hard for us to do anything. (And) it was hard for us offensively to do anything against their defense."

Eric Atkins ended with 20 points for the Fighting Irish (11-7, 3-2), who had won two straight. Scott Martin chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.

Neither team led by more than five in a tight first half that ended with Notre Dame holding a 25-24 edge.

With the score tied at 29-29 early in the second half, the Huskies went on a 13-4 run to create some distance. Roscoe Smith tallied six points during the burst, which Napier capped with a free throw for a 42-33 lead with 10:20 to play.

The Irish responded with Jack Cooley's three-point play and an Atkins layup to make it a four-point contest.

But Connecticut used a 16-2 run to essentially put the game away. Drummond had six points during the surge, including a slam with 2 1/2 minutes remaining to make it a 58-40 contest.

"We broke a 29-game home win streak. I'm proud of what we did against Notre Dame. It's a great university," said UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. "It's one of the great universities in America, both academically and athletically. I'm proud because we beat Mike Brey, who has probably evolved into what I think is as good of a coach as there is."

Game Notes

Connecticut leads the all-time series with Notre Dame, 17-9. The Irish had won the last three meetings...The Huskies shot 46.3 percent from the field and went 2-for-12 from beyond the arc...Notre Dame shot 32.3 percent from the floor and went 6-for-26 from three-point range...Connecticut made 15 free throws, compared to just five for the Irish...Smith had 10 points and six rebounds...Connecticut freshman guard Ryan Boatright has been suspended for a second time this season. The NCAA is investigating his eligibility.