Notre Dame 98, Georgia Southern 61

Ben Hansbrough scored 16 of his 20 points in a first half

dominated by Notre Dame as the Irish routed Georgia Southern 98-61

on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Notre Dame ran off the first 11 points before two free throws by

Eric Ferguson got Georgia Southern on the board at the 16:32 mark.

The Irish immediately went on a 19-1 tear, and by the time Ferguson

hit a layup at 11:53, the score was 30-5.

Coach Mike Brey’s squad ran off a 28-7 streak and at halftime

Notre Dame led 62-23.

Ferguson led all scorers with 26 and teammate Rory Spencer added

18. Jack Cooley added 11 for Notre Dame, which started five seniors

and outrebounded the Eagles 47-26.