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Irish dominate a blocked Belmont

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published November 18, 2002

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Dan Miller scored 19 and Jordan Cornette had 13 rebounds and a school-record 11 blocked shots as Notre Dame won 76-48 over Belmont on Sunday in the first round of the Guardians Classic.

Notre Dame also set a team record with 19 blocked shots. Cornette topped the school mark of eight blocks and the Joyce Center record of 10 set by UCLA's Bill Walton in 1973. Many of the blocked shots came during a decisive 35-5 run for Notre Dame, which opened a 60-26 lead midway through the second half.

The Irish, who already clinched a berth in the semifinals in Kansas City, Mo., face Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis tonight in the second round. Notre Dame took control with a 15-0 run at the end of the first half, opening a 40-21 halftime lead.

The Notre Dame record for blocked shots in a game was 12 set against Stonehill in 1977. The individual school record was eight set by LaPhonso Ellis against Kansas State in the NIT in 1992.

IUPUI 66, BROWN 65: Marcus May had 17 points and five assists and Odell Bradley added 15 points for Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis in South Bend.

Earl Hunt had a chance to win it for the Bears, but his shot at the buzzer from the free-throw line was partially blocked by Josh Murray and never made it to the basket.

IUPUI led by as many as 10 midway through the second half and 59-51 with 7:30 left when Bradley scored on a layup. But the Bears used a 13-6 spurt to cut the lead to 65-64 on a 3-pointer by Hunt with 2:41 left. The teams traded free throws before the blocked shot by Murray.

CREIGHTON 106, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 50: Kyle Korver scored 18 and Mike Grimes 14 for the Bluejays in Omaha, Neb. Creighton made 15 of 25 3-pointers.

Korver sank 6-of-6 to increase his career total for 3s made to 248, topping the school mark of 245 held by Ryan Sears from 1997-2001.

Steven Thomas scored 10 to lead Texas-Arlington. Creighton plays Furman tonight in the second round of the Guardians Classic.

FURMAN 74, ALABAMA A&M 73: Guilherme Da Luz's basket with five seconds left lifted the Paladins at Omaha. Cedric Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with one second left for the Hornets. Karim Souchu scored 29 and Da Luz finished with 18. Alabama State made 10-of-22 3-pointers and Mitchell had 20 points off the bench.

FSU 84, EA SPORTS 70: Junior guard Tim Pickett scored a game-high 28, hitting 8-of-16 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Andrew Wilson added 17 as the host Seminoles closed their preseason schedule.

"Overall, we're showing signs of improvement," first-year coach Leonard Hamilton said after his first win.

The Seminoles open the regular season Sunday against visiting Savannah State.

-- Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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