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Irish Insights


Halftime: Irish trail by 12

DAYTON, Ohio -- Halfway home here, and it's not going well for the Irish.

Fourteen turnovers -- including five in a row at one point -- and two field goals across the last 11:19 has dropped Notre Dame down a 35-23 well at the break. And one of the two field goals was a gift with 5.4 seconds to play: An Iowa State player blocked a shot in the paint, and the ball ricocheted off his hand directly to Jack Cooley, who laid it in.

Of course, the Cyclones' Will Clyburn immediately got that back by driving for an uncontested layup as the half ended, a sequence that was pretty much emblematic of the entire half for Notre Dame.

Cooley leads ND with seven points. Clyburn has eight for Iowa State, which is 5-of-13 from its favorite place, the three-point arc. The Cyclones have outscored Notre Dame 13-2 off turnovers and 9-0 on the fastbreak.