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Quick start for men

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team didn’t waste any time getting out front of Georgia Southern on Friday.

The Irish scored the first 11 points en route to a 98-61 win over the Eagles to open the season.

“In the first half they just cleaned our clocks,” Georgia Southern coach Charlton Young said. “They’re older, stronger, wiser and better.

“I got a bunch of young dudes straight from the farm. They got a bunch of 90-year-old men that’s got about a thousand games between them. They got assistant coaches playing on the court, (Ben) Hansbrough which is unfair.”

Notre Dame used its experience in the first half to build a 62-23 lead at the break.

The Irish shot 60.6 percent in the first half, and after getting into the bonus in the game’s first 13 minutes, they shot 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Notre Dame finished 24 of 27 on free throws.

“I just think we have a chance to be right at the top with the national leaders (in free-throw shooting),” coach Mike Brey said. “I think traditionally, we’ve been pretty darn good from there.

“I think because we are cutting and moving and getting to the basket, we got to the bonus fast. We didn’t make three-point shots (8 of 26), but we scored with the clocks stopped.”

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.