Nov. 14, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Ben Hansbrough scored 19 points in his Notre Dame debut and Luke Harangody added 19 points and seven assists, leading the Fighting Irish to an 86-65 win over North Florida on Saturday.
Hansbrough, a transfer Mississippi State, was 5 of 5 from 3-point range. He is the younger brother of Tyler, the 2007-08 national player of the year at North Carolina who is in his rookie season with the Indiana Pacers.
Tim Abromaitis had 13 points for the Irish (1-0). Jonathan Peoples added 11 and Tory Jackson added nine points and seven assists.
Stan Januska had 14 points for North Florida (0-1), an Atlantic Sun member that finished 8-22 last season and is beginning its first year as a full-fledged Division I team. Jerron Granberry added 11 points and Andy Diaz 10 for the Ospreys.
Hansbrough hit back-to-back 3-pointers seven minutes into the game to give the Irish a 21-5 lead. The Irish led 35-10 after Harangody, the Big East leader in scoring and rebounding the past two seasons, made his first shot from the field with 5:25 left in the first half. They made it 40-10 when Harangody converted on a 3-point play.
Harangody shot 5 of 13 from the floor, but was 9 of 9 from the free-throw line.
North Florida opened the second half by hitting 5 of 6 shots, but only narrowed Notre Dame’s lead by a point.
It was a disappointing start for the Ospreys in their first game under new coach Matthew Driscoll.
The victory marked the 11th straight season the Irish opened at home.
Notre Dame’s refurbished arena, now called the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, was about two-thirds full. A week ago, the start time was switched from the evening to afternoon to avoid conflicting with the Irish football game at Pittsburgh on Saturday night.