Cheaney leads No. 9 Indiana in rout over Notre Dame, 78-46

December 04, 1991

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Calbert Cheaney scored 19 points, including five in a 13-2 first-half spurt that broke the game open, and No. 9 Indiana routed Notre Dame, 78-46, last night.

Indiana (2-1) beat Notre Dame (0-2) for the eighth time in Bloomington since the 1973-74 season and kept John MacLeod winless since becoming the Irish coach this season.

Indiana's Eric Anderson scored 14 points off the bench while Greg Graham added 14 and Damon Bailey 11. LaPhonso Ellis led Notre Dame with 15 points and Elmer Bennett added 14.

Indiana's barrage began with a 19-5 surge to open the game. The Irish offered little resistance with 11 turnovers in the half and no baskets over the first four minutes.

Indiana's defense grabbed rebounds off Notre Dame's missed baskets and stifled the Irish by triple-teaming center Keith Tower.

The Irish recovered briefly with a 14-8 spurt that cut their deficit to 27-19 with 3 minutes, 36 seconds left in the half. Ellis scored seven points in the spurt that ended on Billy Taylor's 3-pointer. Notre Dame was to get no closer.

The Irish unraveled over the final 2:15 of the half as Indiana outscored them 13-2. In addition to five points by Cheaney and consecutive baskets by Anderson, MacLeod received a technical foul.

Another weak start in the second half buried the Irish for good. They were outscored 8-2 as Indiana boosted its lead to 47-23 on Alan Henderson's free throw with 16:05 remaining.

Bennett carried the Irish with 12 consecutive points, including two three-pointers, during a stretch in which they pulled to 60-37.

Indiana is 2-0 against intra-state rivals this season, with a 97-73 victory over Butler.

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