Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Irish Top Bearcats, Win 12th in a Row Cincinnati Drops 3 in Row at Home

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Irish Top Bearcats, Win 12th in a Row Cincinnati Drops 3 in Row at Home

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Pass, pass, pass, pass. Then, pass again before finding and making a wide-open shot. No. 17 Notre Dame got everyone involved in extending its notable winning streak.

Jerian Grant scored 19 points and the Fighting Irish patiently worked for open shots that set up a 66-60 victory Monday night against No. 21 Cincinnati, their 12th consecutive win.

Notre Dame is on its best winning streak since it also won 12 in a row in 2006-07. The 14-1 mark is the best start during coach Mike Brey's 13 seasons. This time, he has an experienced roster that loves to share. Notre Dame (14-1, 2-0 Big East) is among the national leaders with 19 assists per game.

"That's been our program," Brey said. "There's a culture of passing the ball here. We recruit basketball IQ guys, and I think there's a lot of trust that we're going to keep moving that thing. That's why we have great balance.

"We can move it until we get the right guy to take the shot. And we enjoy moving it. Tonight we had some amazing possessions where we got guys out of position. …

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