NCAA hoops roundup: No. 21 Notre Dame beats Stetson, 80-49

NCAA hoops roundup: No. 21 Notre Dame beats Stetson, 80-49
November 10, 2013, 9:30 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Garrick Sherman's first game this season was one to forget.

He fouled out and scored just three points in No. 21 Notre Dame's season-opening win on Friday. Fortunately for the fifth-year senior, he only had to wait two days to erase the memory of that performance.

Sherman had 15 points and nine rebounds Sunday, and Jerian Grant also scored 15 points to lead the Fighting Irish to an 80-49 victory over Stetson.

"This was a good bounce-back game today," Sherman said. "It was good that we had a quick game. It was easy to get it out of my mind quick."

Sherman was 7-of-11 from the field against Stetson, after making just one of his seven attempts against Miami (Ohio) two days earlier.

"Friday night wasn't a great one," Irish coach Mike Brey said. "We laughed about it. He's been through it all, and right before tip, I said, `Would you just have fun today?' I just wanted him to laugh a little bit."

Pat Connauhgton added 10 points for the Irish (2-0) and senior point guard Eric Atkins finished with eight points, leaving him five short of 1,000 for his career.

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Illinois beats Jacksonville St., 86-62

CHAMPAIGN — Senior guard Joseph Bertrand scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Illinois over Jacksonville State 86-62 Sunday at State Farm Center.

The Illini (2-0) never trailed, jumping out to a 12-1 lead in the first five minutes of the game and leading 40-27 at the half. Junior guards Rayvonte Rice and Tracy Abrams each scored 13 points.

Rice scored a team-high 22 points on Friday night in his Illini debut against Alabama State, equaling the most points in an Illini debut since Brandon Paul in 2009.

Nnanna Egwu and Jaylon Tate each added 10 points for Illinois. Egwu also blocked five shots, tying his career high. The Illini blocked 11 shots in the game, the most under second-year coach John Groce.

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Bradley handles Alabama State, 85-59

PEORIA — Walt Lennon Jr. scored a game-high 19 points, dished out six assists and had three steals as Bradley put away Alabama State 85-59 Sunday night.

The Braves (2-0) converted 32 of their 54 field goal attempts, finishing with a percentage of 59.3 percent. They jumped out to an early 14-4 lead and led by as many as 20 in the first half.

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