Abromaitis powers 24th-ranked Irish

Carleton Scott was perfect. Ben Hansbrough just helped out.

Scott made all eight of his shots, including four 3-pointers,

and scored 20 points to lead No. 24 Notre Dame to an 88-62 win over

Stony Brook on Sunday.

Hansbrough had 14 points with eight assists and Tim Abromaitis

scored 22 points for Notre Dame (10-1).

”Ben has been unbelievable at finding shooters,” Notre Dame

coach Mike Brey said. ”I don’t know if we have had a better guy at

doing that.”

Marcus Rouse led Stony Brook (4-6) with 15 points while Anthony

Jackson added 12 and Dave Coley had 11.

Notre Dame began the second half with a 17-7 run. That followed

a 12-2 run before the break which began after the Seawolves made it

29-26 with 5:36 to go.

Jack Cooley’s three-point play with just under five minutes gone

in the second half made it 58-35.

”Scott is a hard guard, especially for us,” Stony Brook coach

Steve Pikiell said. ”We are used to (tall) guys being around the

basket. He got it going early and when he is on he is as good as

there is.”

Pikiell said the Fighting Irish remind him of Connecticut, only


”UConn has Kemba Walker who is a terrific player who kind of

runs the whole thing but Notre Dame has five players with Eric

Atkins coming off the bench and they are not going to shoot

themselves in the foot,” Pikiell said. ”Notre Dame is

well-coached, they are veterans, and they have an inside guy who

can really post in and then pass back to 6-8 or 6-9 guys on the

perimeter. I think they will be a tough game for anybody when they

have that kind of size and that kind of passing ability.”