Notre Dame 90, UCF 72

Tim Abromaitis scored a career-high 31 points, Luke Harangody

added 29 and Notre Dame shot 55 percent to beat Central Florida

90-72 on Sunday.

Abromaitis, making his first start, matched his previous career

high in the first half with 17 points, tying the score at 41 with a

basket at the buzzer. Harangody, who was on the bench for the final

5:40 of the first half after picking up his third foul, then hit a

15-foot jumper and had a three-point play to spark an 8-0 run to

start the second half.

Notre Dame (8-1) extended the lead to 11 points three times

before a 9-0 run gave the Irish a 75-55 lead with 7:55 left

following a pair of free throws by Abromaitis. The Irish led by as

much as 85-61 when Carleton Scott scored inside, and Central

Florida (6-2) never again got closer than 17 points.

Abromaitis, who did not play as a sophomore last season, was

10-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-7 from 3-point

range, and was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.

Keith Clanton led UCF (6-2) with 14 points and seven rebounds

and A.J. Rompza and Tyler added 13 points each. Ben Hansbrough

added 11 points for the Irish and Harangody and Scott had seven

rebounds each.

Notre Dame played the final 13 minutes without point guard Tory

Jackson, who twisted his ankle. Coach Mike Brey said he could have

played, but decided to rest him with the Irish leading comfortably.

Jackson finished with nine assists in 27 minutes of play.

The game was close throughout the first half after the Irish

jumped to an 11-4 lead. The Knights quickly responded with a 13-2

run, going ahead 17-13 on a pair of free throws by Clanton. There

were 16 lead changes and 11 ties in the half.