Notre Dame 80, Niagara 59

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Colin Falls scored 19 points and Kyle
McAlarney added 16 as Notre Dame made a season-high 12 3-pointers
and shot a season-high 55 percent to beat Niagara 80-59 Wednesday

Falls was 5-of-10 from 3-point range and McAlarney was 4-of-6 as
the Irish (6-2) won their fourth straight, making 12-of-26
3-pointers. The Purple Eagles (2-6) shot just 31 percent in losing
their sixth straight.

Niagara cut Notre Dame's lead to 42-41 when James Mathis scored
inside less than five minutes into the second half. But the Purple
Eagles made just 2-of-17 shots over the next 10 minutes as the
Irish took control with a 22-7 run.

Torin Francis and Rick Cornett had six points each during the
run, with Cornett making Notre Dame's first slam dunk of the season
to give the Irish a 60-46 lead. The Irish extended the lead to
72-52 when Falls made a pair of free throws with 3:51 left.

Francis finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and Cornett
had 10 points as the Irish outscored the Eagles 34-24 inside. The
Irish also had a 40-35 rebounding advantage. Charron Fisher led
Niagara with 19 points, James Mathis had 12 and Lorenzo Miles 10.

Both teams had runs in the first half, with Niagara leading by
as much as six. The Irish, behind eight points by McAlarney, used a
16-1 spurt on 6-of-7 shooting to take a 31-21 lead, while Niagara
went 0-for-9 with five turnovers. The Irish led 37-31 at halftime
after Russell Carter stole the ball from Clif Brown under the Notre
Dame basket and made a 14-foot jumper at the buzzer.