Nov. 25, 2000
By HANK LOWENKRON
AP Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — Troy Murphy scored 30 points, blocked six shots and had seven rebounds to lead No. 14 Notre Dame over No. 16 Cincinnati 69-51 Saturday in the inaugural John Wooden Tradition game.
With Notre Dame leading 45-40, Murphy hit a 3-pointer with 9:30 to play, the first of nine straight points for the Irish. The run put Notre Dame (3-0) ahead 54-46 with 6:13 remaining, matching what was their its lead of the game at the time.
Kenny Satterfield’s 3-pointer, the first in 13 shots from behind the arc by the Cincinnati brought the Bearcats within five points. But Notre Dame responded with a 3-pointer by David Graves to ignite a decisive 14-point run by the Irish as the Bearcats went scoreless for over five minutes.
Satterfield led Cincinnati (2-1) with 17 points and Donald Little was the only other player in double figures with 12.
Graves contributed 17 points to the victory and Ryan Humphrey had 10 rebounds and 10 points.
Satterfield’s 3-pointer came with 5:53 to go, the Cincinnati missed eight shots and had two turnovers before his basket with 39.8 seconds to play.
Cincinnati, which shot 46 percent in victories over Marshall and Boise State, was 34 percent from the field and 1-of-17 from 3-point range.
Both teams came out cold. Cincinnati went nearly three minutes before scoring, missing its first four shots before Satterfield made a layup. Notre Dame never trailed, scoring the game’s first five points on a jumper by Matt Carroll and a 3-pointer by Martin Ingelsby.
The Bearcats remained close despite hitting only eight 24 from the field to open the game. Notre Dame was only eight of 18 over the same 12 minutes, but the Irish held an 18-14 edge on the strength of four 3-pointers.