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NCAA Basketball Scores: Notre Dame Stops Cal 57-44 Behind Dominant First Half

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Carleton Scott scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 57-44 win over the California Golden Bears as part of the Old Spice Classic at Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

Tyrone Nash and Scott Martin also added 11 points apiece for Notre Dame (6-0), while Tim Abromaitis chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds. The Golden Bears (3-1) were paced by Allen Crabbe who tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

Both teams struggled to score in the first half, as Notre Dame shot just 28.1 percent from the floor, yet still managed to take a 21-5 lead at the break. California converted a feeble 2-of-25 from the floor and missed all eight chances behind the three-point line.

The Fighting Irish held onto its lead in the second stanza, knocking down 23- of-32 free-throw attempts en route to a 13-point victory. Notre Dame shot just 27.8 percent from the floor, including a dismal 1-of-20 showing from three-point territory.

California will face 3-2 Boston College in the third place game on Sunday at 10am pacific on ESPNU. Notre Dame moves on to face Wisconsin in the championship game of the tournament.