No. 20 Notre Dame beats Monmouth

Updated at: 11/12/2012 9:05 PM
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(AP) SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Garrick Sherman scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 20 Notre Dame to an 84-57 victory over Monmouth on Monday night.

Jack Cooley added 16 points for the Irish (2-0) and Pat Connaughton had 13.

Monmouth (1-1) scored the game’s first four points, but Cooley’s free throw 4 minutes into the game put the Irish ahead for good. Notre Dame stretched its lead to 17 points with 1:31 to go in the first half, before Monmouth’s Andrew Nicholas cut the deficit to 12 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Notre Dame, which outrebounded Monmouth 42-24, only shot 61 percent from the free throw line.

Dion Nesmith led the Hawks with 13 points.

Monmouth tried to establish themselves with a strong physical presence early, notching six fouls in the first 4:14 of the game.

Monmouth was outscored 40-20 in the paint, and hit only 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The Irish were 6 of 21 on 3-pointers, with Connaughton hitting three.

The Irish again were lackluster from the free-throw line, hitting just 16 of 26 -- a slight improvement from the 18-of-30 effort in their season opener Saturday against Evansville.

Monmouth shot just 39 percent from the field, compared to 53 percent by the Irish.

Monmouth turned the ball over 18 times to Notre Dame’s 16, but the Irish turned those into 28 points, while Monmouth converted the Irish turnovers into just 10 points.

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