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Recap: Seton Hall 74, Notre Dame 93
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Date: January 05, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
  

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Seton Hall knew it was in for a challenge trying to slow Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins against No. 21 Notre Dame. When Scott Martin began hitting 3s over the Pirates' zone defense, they had no chance.

Martin had a season-high 22 points on a career-high six 3-pointers to lead the Irish to a 93-74 victory Saturday.

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``That was great to see,' Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. ``That's a weapon that is a new kind of a weapon for us that we're really going to need to count on through the rest of the Big East.'

Cooley added 19 points and 13 rebounds and Atkins had 17 points and 10 assists as the Irish (13-1, 1-0 Big East) won their 11th straight, their second-longest winning streak in 13 seasons under Brey. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Seton Hall (12-3, 1-1).

It was the best game of the season for Martin, whose previous high was 14 points with four 3-pointers in a victory over Brown. Martin, a sixth-year senior, said he focused on improving his outside shooting during the offseason with the help of his younger brother, Andy.

``He came over and hung out with me this summer, worked me out, and I was able to get some shots up. We worked on the jumper. He ironed it out. We discussed all of the little mechanics. No big changes, just little things. He did a lot of rebounding for me,' Martin said.

Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard noticed the difference.

``He's got a much more fluid release. Plus he's just a very smart basketball player. He doesn't get in trouble. He really complements Cooley really well,' Willard said.

The Irish, playing their first game in 15 days, struggled defensively at times as the Pirates drove inside for baskets, but finally got going late in the first half. The Irish opened a 35-25 lead with 3:40 left in the first half on a three-point play by Cooley to cap a 10-2 run. The Pirates quickly cut the lead to 37-34 with three baskets inside, including a fastbreak by Fuquan Edwin, and a 3-pointer by Haralds Karlis. But a late run by the Irish opened the 44-36 halftime lead.

Martin started the second half with two quick 3-pointers sandwiched around a 15-foot jumper by Jerian Grant, who had 13 points. Another 3-pointer by Martin 3 minutes into the second half gave the Irish a 58-41 lead. Pat Connaughton then scored on a rebound of his own missed shot to make it 60-41. The Irish later stretched the lead to 66-43 with another 3 by Martin, who was 6 of 7 from 3-point range.

``We kind of lost him a few times, and they did a good job of finding him,' Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby said.

Cosby and Edwin led the Pirates with 21 points each, with Cosby hitting five 3-pointers, and Gene Teague had 17 points and nine rebounds. Seton Hall backup center Kevin Johnson returned after missing two games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus, but played only 5 minutes. Forward Brandon Mobley played just 20 minutes because of foul trouble.

The Irish shot 56.5 percent for the game.

``I thought our offensive efficiency was off the charts and was the key, and we defended the arc enough where they couldn't hurt us too bad,' Brey said.

The Irish will have a chance to match their longest winning streak under Brey when they play at No. 14 Cincinnati on Monday. The previous 12-game winning streak was during 2006-07.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SETON  +400   +10   132.5 
 ND  -500   -10   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SETON  +410   +10    
 ND  -520   -10   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SETON  13%   22%   n/a 
 ND  87%   78%   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 5
 
    Pittsburgh at Rutgers
11:00 AM EDT
    Wake Forest at Duke
12:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at Maryland
12:00 PM EDT
    Purdue at Michigan St
12:00 PM EDT
    Seton Hall at Notre Dame
12:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Northeastern
1:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Kansas State
1:45 PM EDT
    Texas at Baylor
2:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin-Green Bay at Detroit
2:00 PM EDT
    James Madison at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Pennsylvania at LaSalle
2:00 PM EDT
    Georgetown at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Michigan at Massachusetts
2:00 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Illinois
2:15 PM EDT
    Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech
2:30 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Creighton
3:00 PM EDT
    Stanford at UCLA
3:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina State at Boston College
4:00 PM EDT
    St Johns at Cincinnati
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Clemson
4:00 PM EDT
    Rice at Harvard
4:00 PM EDT
    Youngstown St at Loyola-Chicago
4:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at West Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    St. Bonaventure at Colorado State
4:30 PM EDT
    Utah at Arizona
5:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin Milwaukee at Wright State
7:00 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Drake
8:00 PM EDT
    Northern Iowa at Illinois State
8:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Providence
8:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Evansville
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Colo at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Idaho at Utah State
9:00 PM EDT
    North Dakota at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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