SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame’s size advantage was too much for Dartmouth to overcome in the Irish’s 65-47 win Saturday night in Purcell Pavilion.
The Irish (7-4) scored 36 points in the paint against the Big Green (2-6) as they won their second game in a row and 26th at home.
Notre Dame’s advantage inside was so great that it didn’t need to use the three-point line or get a point from leading scorers Eric Atkins, who averages 15.6, or Jerian Grant, who averages 13.6.
Instead, forward Jack Cooley led the way with 22 points. Guards Alex Dragicevich and Joey Brooks added 15 and 13.
Notre Dame was able to score around the basket so much that Dragicevich didn’t sink the team’s first three-pointer until three minutes into the second half. The Irish, who didn’t make a first-half three-pointer, have recorded at least one basket behind the arc in 419 straight games.
Notre Dame forward Tom Knight, who finished with eight points, started his third straight game as the Irish were without Scott Martin, who suffered a concussion in Thursday’s 87-78 win over Maine.
Cooley and Knight helped erase an early 5-0 deficit by scoring 11 of the Irish’s first 13 points, and Cooley’s three-point play gave Notre Dame a 13-10 lead with 13:06 left in the first half. The Irish never gave up the lead from there.
Notre Dame entered halftime leading 37-24 as it scored 24 points in the paint led by Cooley’s nine and Knight’s eight.
Gabas Maldunes scored 12 points for Dartmouth, which was held to 30 percent shooting and committed 15 turnovers.