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Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2002 9:22 PM EST
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(15) Notre Dame 102, Depaul 71
DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS
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SOUTH BEND, Indiana (Ticker) -- There was no letdown for streaking Notre Dame.

Matt Carroll scored a career-high 33 points as the 15th-ranked Fighting Irish rolled over DePaul, 102-71, for their fifth straight victory.

Carroll was 10-of-14 from the field and made 12-of-13 foul shots for Notre Dame, which shot a season-high 60 percent (30-of-50) from the field and 91 percent (39-of-43) from the line.

"We played inside the arc with some cuts to the basket," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "In the second half, we showed our basketball IQ."

Making their first appearance since beating Maryland and Texas last weekend in the BB&T Classic, the Fighting Irish (9-1) remained in high gear, surpassing the century mark for the first time this season.

Notre Dame, which had beaten three straight top-10 opponents for the first time in school history, has surpassed 90 points in four of its last five contests.

Sam Hoskin scored 18 points and Andre Brown added 15 points and 12 rebounds for DePaul (4-1), which lost for the first time under new coach Dave Leitao. The Blue Demons also were routed by the Fighting Irish last season, 82-55.

"We played the best team we have on our schedule," Leitao said. "They beat us with execution and they beat us to the punch."

Chris Thomas added 22 points and handed out nine assists for the Fighting Irish. He converted all nine foul shots.

"He (Thomas) is one of the best points guards in the country," Leitao said. "He has a major impact on the game without having to score because he makes everybody not only better, but more confident."

Dan Miller contributed 12 points and nine rebounds for Notre Dame, which took the lead for good with just over six minutes left in the first half. The Fighting Irish held DePaul to 36 percent shooting (25-of-69).

"We moved things inside and had a lot of penetration," Miller said. "We really weren't hitting many shots from outside, so we started driving inside and got some points that way."

Thomas gave Notre Dame the lead for good at 30-28 with a jumper with 6:14 left in the first half. The Irish closed the half with a 13-2 spurt, then blew it open in the second half.

"The big difference was the end of the first half," Carroll said. "We got some steals. ... so we had a nice cushion with a lead going into halftime."

DePaul got no closer than 11 in the second half. Reserve Torrian Jones' layup made it 83-58 with 7:25 to go. Notre Dame led by as many as 33 in the final minutes.

"They (DePaul) came in a confident group," Brey said. "With Jones and (Jordan) Cornette in the game, we were able to create some turnovers and do some things on defense."

Quemont Greeer chipped in with 12 points for the Blue Demons, who held a 35-32 edge on the boards but could not slow down the hot-shooting Irish.


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