Jan 19, 2002
By TOM COYNE
AP Sports Writer
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Keith Bogans broke out of a four-game shooting slump, scoring 23 points to lead No. 12 Kentucky to a 72-65 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday.
Bogans, who hadn’t broken double figures during the slump and shot only 33 percent during that span, finished 8-of-12. He was 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
Bogans’ total was his highest since scoring 25 against Arkansas last year in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Kentucky (12-4) has won eight straight against the Irish (12-5) and leads the all-time series 39-17.
It was only the third road game this season for the Wildcats. It was the second straight home loss for the Irish, who were playing just their sixth home game of the season.
Notre Dame played a ranked team for the third straight game. The Irish beat Pittsburgh, which was ranked No. 23 at the time, 56-53 and lost 56-51 to No. 8 Syracuse.
The Wildcats took control late in the first half. Jordan Cornette scored on a rebound for Notre Dame to cut the lead to 34-33, but missed a chance to tie the score when he missed the ensuing free throw.
Cliff Hawkins scored on a layup, then stole the ball from Chris Markwood and scored again to give the Wildcats a 38-33 lead. Tayshaun Prince added a 3-pointer as the Wildcats took a 41-35 halftime lead.
Bogans hit a 3-pointer to open the second half to give the Wildcats a 44-35 early in the second half. Notre Dame used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 44-42, but Kentucky held the Irish scoreless for the next five minutes and opened a 50-42 lead and Irish never threatened again.
Prince and Marquis Estill each had nine points for the Wildcats. Kentucky’s bench contributed 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Matt Carroll led the Irish with 18 points and Ryan Humphrey had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Thomas had 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting and David Graves had 12 points.