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Despite 52 points from Brooks, Providence falls to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough drives to the basket. He scored 32 points, a career high but far less than Marshon Brooks's 52 points.
Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough drives to the basket. He scored 32 points, a career high but far less than Marshon Brooks's 52 points. (Stew Milne)
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points and Tim Abromaitis had a season-high 28 to lead No. 9 Notre Dame to a 94-93 win over struggling Providence on Wednesday night despite a Big East-record 52 points by Marshon Brooks.

The visiting Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start in 11 seasons under Coach Mike Brey.

Brooks's 52 points was the most ever scored against Notre Dame. The Friars (14-14, 3-12) have lost six of seven after beating then-No. 19 Louisville and No. 8 Villanova in late January.

"I don't know if I've ever seen a performance like that," Brey said of Brooks.

l WISCONSIN 53, MICHIGAN 52: Bo Ryan watched the ball leave his freshman guard's hands and realized there was only one way it could go in - it had to bank.

Sure enough, Josh Gasser's three-pointer bounced off the glass and through the net at the buzzer for the 12th-ranked Badgers (21-6, 11-4 Big Ten) on the road. The Wolverines (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) were dealt a severe blow to their NCAA tournament hopes.

"I've had some buzzer-beaters in my life, but not on a stage like this, and I've certainly never banked in a winning three before," said Gasser, who finished with five points.

l DUKE 78, TEMPLE 61: Things are getting back to normal for the host Blue Devils: They are ranked No. 1 and points came in bunches for Kyle Singler.

Singler broke out of a slump by scoring 28 points. "He was just not to be denied," Owls Coach Fran Dunphy said.

The ACC-leading Blue Devils (26-2) dodged a late-season nonconference letdown. Lavoy Allen finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Owls (21-6).

l ST. JOHN'S 76, DEPAUL 51: The 23rd-ranked Red Storm was playing its first game as a ranked team in more than 10 years and it was at home against the Blue Demons, a team with one conference win this season.

But Dwight Hardy continued his scoring streak with 21 points as St. John's (18-9, 10-5 Big East) dominated. Freshman Cleveland Melvin had 16 points for the Blue Demons (7-20, 1-14), who have lost 14 of 15. This was DePaul's 29th consecutive loss to a ranked team and eighth this season.


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