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Notre Dame rolls to another home victory

Dec 21, 2008 - 4:19 AM SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- Luke Harangody scored 20 points to lead 14th-ranked Notre Dame to an 88-50 victory over Delaware State on Saturday.

Ryan Ayers scored 18 points and Kyle McAlarney added 14 for the Fighting Irish, who won their 42nd straight home game.

Notre Dame (8-2) jumped to a 39-21 lead at the half and never let up, outscoring Delaware State (2-13), 49-29, over the final 20 minutes.

"I thought this game was a test of our concentration because you're having to guard a team that is holding the ball and when you get the ball you have to be patient in getting a good shot and it can be tough," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I thought our guys did a great job in making the extra pass and I am very proud of this group. We are up 20 points and all the guys are still distributing the ball and making sure they are making the extra pass."

Marcus Neal and Kris Douse both scored 11 points for the Hornets.

Led by Harangody, Notre Dame had its way inside with Delaware State. The Irish outscored the Hornets in the paint 32-10 and outrebounded them 41-24.

"They are well coached and they shoot the ball extremely well," Delaware State coach Greg Jackson said. "They space the floor so wide that it is tough to get any help. They understand exactly what they are trying to get out of their offense and defense on both ends of the floor, which makes it difficult to get into any type of rhythm."

Harangody had eight rebounds while Ayers and McAlarney each hit four 3-pointers.

"We like to get up and play with a lot of emotion and energy. That's how we play. It fuels our offense," Harangody said. "When it comes to offense we set the tone for the entire game."

Delaware State tried to hold the ball on offense and made 10-of-25 3-pointers, but had no answer for Harangody and did not shoot the ball well when it wasn't from beyond the arc.

Donald Johnson came in averaging 11 points a game for the Hornets but was limited to six and was 2-of-12 from the field. Delaware State shot 19-of-51 (38 percent) from the field and committed 15 turnovers that led to 19 points for Notre Dame.

"When we get into teams defensively it gets our energy level up; we rebound better, we play better offense, we are able to transition, we dug up on them," McAlarney said. "Getting on them defensively really helped us out."