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Irish Insights

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Notre Dame fends off Kennesaw State

Notre Dame had two things going for it in fighting off a pesky Kennesaw State for an 80-62 victory Tuesday.

The No. 23 Irish (5-0) had a big rebounding advantage (53-31), and they got to the line a lot more than the Owls (2-2).

Notre Dame, which is off to its best start since going 7-0 in 2001-02, shot 33 free throws to Kennesaw State's eight. The Irish did struggle from the line in the first half, going 8 of 15, but they came back to nail 12 of 18 in the second half.

"They went in the double bonus early, then every time we touched them, they got a chance to get two points," said Kennesaw State coach Tony Ingle, whose school is located about 20 miles northwest of Atlanta. "I wish every time they touched us we had a chance to get two points. But we were in that situation, I think, because of being outrebounded."

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