INDIANAPOLIS -- Jerian Grant had 23 points and nine assists Saturday, and Pat Connaughton scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead Notre Dame past Indiana 79-72 in the Crossroads Classic.
The Fighting Irish (8-3) won for just the third time in five games, but never trailed the Hoosiers.
Despite having most of the crowd clad in Indiana red, the Hoosiers (8-3) lost for the second straight year in Indianapolis. Will Sheehey tied his career high with 22 points, while Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell finished with 13.
Notre Dame took a 13-point lead in the first half, forcing the Hoosiers to play catch-up the rest of the afternoon. They never quite did.
Indiana tied the score twice early in the second half, and were within one or two points for most of the final 10 minutes. But the Irish pulled away in the final minute to seal it.
It was an off-night for Indiana's usually staunch defense.
UIC defeats SE Missouri State
CAPE GIRADEAU, Mo. -- Kelsey Barlow had 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to lead Illinois-Chicago to a 75-69 victory over Southeast Missouri State Saturday night.
UIC (4-6) jumped out to a 16-0 advantage at the 14:05 mark of the first period. Jarekious Bradley, who led Southeast Missouri (7-3) with 28 points and nine rebounds, then hit a jump shot to get the Redhawks on the board. They came charging back to cut the lead to 38-33 by halftime.
Bradley hit a 3-pointer with 12:45 remaining in the game to close to 51-50. Four other times Southeast Missouri came within one point but could never grab the lead. Bradley hit a jump shot with 3:38 remaining to make the score 64-63. Barlow answered with a layup, a jump shot and two free throws to seal the victory for UIC.
Marc Brown and Jordan Harks each had 12 points for UIC.
No. 22 UMass crushes NIU
AMHERST, Mass. -- Northern Illinois coach Mark Montgomery had a message for counterpart Derek Kellogg after No. 22 Massachusetts beat the Huskies 80-54 on Saturday.
"I told Derek at the end of the game that they're going to make a serious run in the (NCAA) tournament, barring injuries," Montgomery said.
"Just so many options. When your 3 and 4 men can shoot like theirs, with (Raphiael) Putney and (Sampson) Carter, it's matchup problems - and that opens up for (Cady) Lalanne. Good team. They can score with the best of them. I like their pieces."
Montgomery didn't even mention star guard Chaz Williams, who was coming off career highs of 32 points and 15 assists in the Dec. 7 win over Brigham Young, and had 12 points and seven assists - and didn't score a field goal until the final minute of the first half.
Lalanne led five players in double figures with 16 points as the Minutemen (9-0) continued the program's best start since the 1995-96 team opened 26-0.
UMass trailed only by 2-0, running off 11 straight points - nine on 3-pointers by Putney - to take control. They had their sloppy moments and weren't as sharp as Kellogg would have liked at times, but they got the job done and allowed a season-low 54 points.