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Irish lead big at half against Friars

Notre Dame took a 53-32 lead into halftime in its Big East opener against Providence.

The Irish started the game hitting the Friars' weakness – interior defense.

But after Notre Dame scored its first 12 points in the paint, the Irish took the offense outside.

Starting with Tim Abromaitis' three-pointer with 15:27 to play in the half, giving the Irish a 15-4 lead, Notre Dame scored 21 of its next 23 points from behind the arc for a 38-23 lead with 7:23 to play in the half.

Notre Dame guard Jonathan Peoples, who entered the game with 13:24 to play in the half, led the three-point attack hitting 5 of 5 three-pointers. He finished the half with a team-high 17 points.

Notre Dame hit 9 of 16 three-pointers in the first half.

After Peoples hit his last three of the half with 3:31 to go for a 44-31 lead, the Irish went back inside to close the half on a 9-1 run that included layups from Luke Harangody and Peoples, a putback dunk by Abromaitis and a tip-in off a miss by Tyrone Nash.

Notre Dame finished the first half with 22 points in the paint and had 14 offensive rebounds.

Abromaitis scored 13, hitting 3 of 5 three-pointers, and Harangody had 7 points and 8 rebounds.

Jamine Peterson and Sharaud Curry each had 10 points for Providence.