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Notre Dame guard Scott Martin, left, punches the ball away from Kennesaw State forward Brandon Dawson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in South Bend, Ind. . (AP Photo/Joe Raymond) (AP)
Cooley leads No. 22 Notre Dame past Kennesaw State

Posted on Dec. 19, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

NOTRE DAME — Jack Cooley had 14 points and 13 rebounds as No. 22 Notre Dame beat Kennesaw State 85-57 on Wednesday night.

Cooley has five double-doubles in seven games. Jerian Grant added 14 points for the Irish (11-1).

The Owls (1-9) closed out the final four minutes of the first half on a 9-4 run. The spurt was capped by Markeith Cummings’ 3 as the first-half buzzer sounded, cutting the deficit to 34-28.

But Notre Dame (11-1) started the second half on a 17-5 run over the first 8:18, and stretched its lead to 53-33. The run included six points from Grant, four from Sherman, four from Cooley and a 3 by freshman Cameron Biedschied.

Aaron Anderson led Kennesaw State with 16 points, followed by Cummings, who had 15.