No. 4 Fighting Irish roll into Big East semifinals


New York - Ben Hansbrough led a brutally efficient Notre Dame attack with 23 points and the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish dismantled one of the nation's best defenses Thursday night in an 89-51 quarterfinal rout of No. 25 Cincinnati in the Big East tournament.

The league's player of the year had plenty of help.

Carleton Scott scored 18 points and Tim Abromaitis had 17 for the Irish (26-5), who have already won more games than in any other season under longtime coach Mike Brey.

Sporting its highest national ranking since December 1980, second-seeded Notre Dame rolls into the semifinals Friday night against third-seeded Louisville or No. 11 seed Marquette having won five straight games and 12 of its last 13 overall.

Dion Dixon scored 15 points and Yancy Gates, coming off a career-best 25 in a second-round win over South Florida, managed 12 for Cincinnati. But the duo got very little help.

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