Dallas Comegys and Tyrone Corbin led second-ranked De Paul to a 95-83 college basketball victory yesterday over previously undefeated Notre Dame.
Except for the first basket, the Blue Demons led all the way.
Comegys scored 20 points and Corbin 18 as the Blue Demons (5-0) won their 30th straight at home and fifth in a row against the Irish. Notre Dame (4-1) was playing its first road game.
"I can tell you right now, this team, if it plays like this all year, will be up there all year," said Notre Dame's Digger Phelps of De Paul, which plays No. 1 Georgetown at Capital Centre Saturday.
Notre Dame scored the first basket, but De Paul got the next eight points. Another eight-point run put the Blue Demons ahead, 18-6.
Notre Dame twice closed to five points, 28-23 and 30-25. But Corbin, Comegys and Ken Patterson rallied the Blue Demons into a 44-33 halftime lead.
Notre Dame, which was led by Scott Hicks with 25 points and Ken Barlow with 21, closed to 57-50 with 10:22 left. The Blue Demons, who shot 68 percent in the second half, took a 67-52 lead with 7:25 left after a 10-2 run.
At halftime, Mark Aguirre, now with Dallas of the NBA, had his No. 24 De Paul jersey retired. It was the second number retired at De Paul, the other being the No. 99 worn by George Mikan, voted the greatest player of the first half of the century.
Mikan played for De Paul in the early 1940s. Aguirre played from 1978-81.