Jack Cooley scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to lead No. 23 Notre Dame to a 71-53 win over Rutgers on Wednesday night.

Cooley also had 18 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (18-8, 10-3 Big East), who won their seventh straight game. Jerian Grant added 11 points, Eric Atkins had 10 points and eight assists, and Pat Connaughton also scored 10.

Notre Dame's last loss came at Rutgers on Jan. 16.

Dane Miller scored 11 points as the Scarlet Knights (12-14, 4-9) committed 26 fouls, allowing Notre Dame to pour in 24 points from the free throw line.

Rutgers has lost four in a row and six of seven.


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