(2-2, 0-1 away)

(21) Notre Dame 73

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 23, 2004

    Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, South Bend, Indiana

    1 2 T
    IPFW 18 2745
    #21ND 30 4373

    Top Performers

    IPFW: B. Bauer 12 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Notre Dame: C. Thomas 10 Pts, 2 Reb, 11 Ast, 2 Stl

    Irish transfer Latimore adds 12 points

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame didn't give Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne a chance.

    The 21st-ranked Irish jumped to a 12-0 lead on Tuesday night, holding the Mastodons scoreless on their first nine trips down the court, en route to a 73-45 victory Tuesday night.

    "I don't know if we've ever had that happen before," Irish coach Mike Brey said.

    The Irish (2-0) played tight defense, but the Mastodons (2-2) -- in just their third season in Division I -- were clearly intimidated by Notre Dame.

    "When you play a team like this there are two ways to look at it: as an opportunity or an obstacle," IPFW coach Doug Noll said. "I think we tended to look at it as an obstacle tonight, not an opportunity."

    The Irish made the most of their opportunities, continuing to pull away from IPFW through most of the game.

    "We wanted to come out here and play hard. You never want to take a game for granted," Dennis Latimore said.

    The Irish almost did that four nights earlier, squandering an 18-point before finally beating Harvard. But after IPFW used a 16-11 run to close to 30-18 at halftime, Notre Dame pulled away after the break.

    Chris Quinn scored 15 points and Latimore had career highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Quinn finished 5-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. The Irish shot 50 percent from the field.

    Latimore, playing his second game for Notre Dame after transferring from Arizona in 2003, bettered his previous high scoring night of 12 points against California and his previous high of nine rebounds against Duke.

    Latimore said it was probably his best game since high school.

    "I feel like every game, every practice, I am getting better," he said.

    He also showed off his athletic ability by repeatedly outjumping the smaller Mastodons, and with a highlight-reel backward slam on a fast-break basket five minutes into the second half. Chris Thomas sent Latimore on the fast break with a steal and an assist, and finished with 10 points and 11 assists.

    Thomas said he focused Tuesday on spreading the ball around. "I'm as good a shooter as anybody else on the team, but getting them in the game will help us in the long run," he said.

    Beau Bauer led IPFW with 12 points, the only Mastodons player in double figures. IPFW shot 35 percent and was outrebounded 39-26.

    "They're bigger, stronger and more physical, but you can still match that in the toughness department, and we didn't do that," Noll said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 45 73
    FG Made-Attempted 18-51 (.353) 26-52 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-21 (.333) 7-16 (.438)
    FT Made-Attempted 2-5 (.400) 14-20 (.700)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 33

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