HARTFORD, Conn. — Luke Harangody scored a game-high 31 points and Ben Hansbrough added 14, but it wasn’t enough to offset five opponents in double figures as Notre Dame fell Saturday to No. 10 Connecticut, 82-70. Following their first true road game, the Irish are 12-3 overall, 1-1 in the Big East. The Huskies, who have won four in a row in the series, are 10-3, 1-1. A Harangody jumper with 10:29 remaining gave the Irish a 54-53 lead before Connecticut’s 22-8 run put this one away. The Irish allowed 50 points in the paint and trailed by as many as 13. Notre Dame received no points from its bench. Notre Dame’s early-season road swing continues Tuesday at South Florida. The Irish traveling party was scheduled to fly out of snowy Connecticut at 5 p.m. Saturday for Florida. Connecticut was able to do as it pleased for stretches of the first half by running big guy after big guy after big guy at Notre Dame. Charles Okwandu benefited the most from the size attack. The 7-footer came into Saturday’s game averaging 0.7 points, and had scored four points all year. He finished with eight points and three rebounds in 10 minutes in the first half. Notre Dame scored the game’s first six points as the Connecticut faithful, who stand until the team’s first basket, were left to stomp their feet for nearly four minutes. The first half featured two ties and nine lead changes. The Irish led by as many as six and trailed by as many as five. Connecticut led 34-32 at the break. The Irish did plenty to hang around, but showed few signs of being able to sustain it. Connecticut grabbed 19 rebounds to Notre Dame’s 16 in the first half, but had its way around the basket with 26 points in the paint. That helped the Huskies shoot 50 percent. Notre Dame’s first-half effort was severely hampered by Tim Abromaitis, Jonathan Peoples and Carleton Scott who all were non-factors in the first 20 minutes. None of the three scored, including Abromaitis, coming off a 22-point effort earlier in the week against Providence. It was a homecoming for Abromaitis, whose father played for the Huskies, but it was a half that he would rather forget after going 0-of-2 with two turnovers in 13 minutes. Connecticut’s bench outscored Notre Dame’s, 17-0, in the first half.
Connecticut's Stanley Robinson scores two of his team-high 22 points while being guarded by Notre Dame's Luke Harangody during the first half of Connecticut's 's 82-70 victory in an NCAA college men's basketball game in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. Robinson also had 16 rebounds, and Harangody scored a game-high 31 points in the game.
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