Cooley scores 19 to lead No. 22 ND over Evansville

Cooley scores 19 to lead No. 22 ND over Evansville
November 10, 2012, 4:20 pm
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Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, right, attempts to drive the lane while Evansville guard Jordan Jahr defends during first half action in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday Nov. 10, 2012, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Jack Cooley scored the first nine points of the game and finished with 19, Scott Martin pulled down 16 rebounds and No. 22 Notre Dame beat Evansville 58-49 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Cooley got the Irish off to a quick start and it wasn't until he took his first breather 5:34 into the game that another Notre Dame player scored when Eric Atkins hit a jumper. Cooley had 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the opening half to help send the Irish into the break with a 28-21 lead.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey limited Cooley's minutes in the second half after the center picked up his third foul on an offensive charge just 1:22 into the period.

Ryan Sawvell had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Purple Aces.