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  • South Bend, IN (SportsNetwork. Chris Paul Jersey .com) - The 14th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will close out non-conference play and try to extend an eight-game win streak at the same time as they play host to the Hartford Hawks Tuesday at Purcell Pavilion. Hartford brings a 7-5 overall record into the contest against the Irish, which includes a 3-2 mark on the road this season. The Hawks have won two of their last three games, with a loss to Rider (63-61) sandwiched between wins over Holy Cross (79-61) and FIU (82-69). Notre Dame continues to build on a strong start to the new season, and eight consecutive wins to reach a 12-1 record is a great way to do it. The Fighting Irish easily took down their last two opponents, outscoring Purdue (94-63) and Northern Illinois (91-66) by at least 25 points in each outing. This contest between the Hawks and Fighting Irish will mark the first-ever time the sides will meet on the basketball court in history. By the time the first half ended against FIU, Hartford owned a 42-31 lead over the Panthers, which the home squad would only build on in the second frame. Hartford connected on 45.8 percent of its shots from the floor, and got a double-digit scoring effort from five players in the lopsided win. Yolonzo Moore II led the way with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Taylor Dyson (16 points), Mark Nwakamma (15), Corban Wroe (12) and Wes Cole (11) all contributed heavily to the Hawks win. Oddly enough, Hartford enters this game against Notre Dame with just two players averaging scoring figures in the double digits. Nwakamma leads the team with 12.9 ppg, and Moore adds in 11.3 ppg while Dyson (9.7 ppg) is just on the outside looking in. The Hawks as a unit are scoring only 62.8 ppg, which means the 82-point outburst against FIU was an outlier. Nwakamma owns a 5.1 rpg mark to best the team, and Moores 38 assists on the season are the most for the Hawks. It seemed Notre Dame could do no wrong in the win over Northern Illinois last Monday. The home squad netted 58.9 percent of its shot attempts from the floor, and connected on 12-of-28 from 3-point range in the win. Five players netted a double-digit point total, led by Pat Connaughtons double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Zach Auguste and Demetrius Jackson each chipped in with 16 points, while Jerian Grant added 11 points and six assists. Steve Vasturia contributed 10 points with six boards in 29 minutes of action to help the Irish score a second consecutive 90-point effort. It doesnt matter which side of the floor the ball is on for Notre Dame, because the Irish have been absolutely dominant at both ends. Notre Dame is netting an impressive 86.1 ppg this season on 55.6 percent shooting from the floor, and is holding opponents to just 60.9 ppg. Grant tops the team with 17.6 ppg and 6.2 apg, and is tailed in the scoring department by Auguste (14.8 ppg), Jackson (14.2 ppg) and Connaughton (13.8 ppg), who also owns a team-best 8.3 rpg mark. Tracy McGrady Rockets Jersey .Y. - Brooklyn Nets centre Brook Lopez has a strained lower back and will miss at least a week. Clint Capela Rockets Jersey . Sweeting scored two in the first and three in the second before Strong (4-4) got two back in the fourth. Sweeting then scored three in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to grab a commanding 9-2 lead. WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals posted football-like numbers in routing the Chicago Cubs on Saturday with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III watching from the stands. The way Gio Gonzalez is pitching, it was much more than they needed. Gonzalez pitched eight sparkling innings and Ryan Zimmerman tied a career high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Nationals roughed up the Chicago Cubs without recently traded Jeff Samardzija for a 13-0 victory. "Today he didnt have the velocity he did in Chicago, but nevertheless when you can throw your breaking stuff for strikes then it makes your fastball look better," manager Matt Williams said after Gonzalez defeated Chicago for the second Saturday in a row. "Hes relied on (his curveball and changeup). If he gets in a jam he can throw either one of those, can use either one as a strikeout pitch," Williams added. Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon added three hits and two RBIs apiece for the Nationals on a day the Cubs were forced to start Carlos Villanueva (4-6) following the trade of Samardzija, the scheduled starter, and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics. "Somebody told me that earlier," Rendon said of the change. "I didnt even know who we were facing to begin with. I just show up." Washington netted a season high in runs and hits (19), including eight doubles but no home runs. "(The trade) had nothing to do with any of the things that happened today we spit out a bad ballgame," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said before the question could be asked. He added he doesnt think it will be an issue going forward. "I dont. You had two things happen," Renteria said. "You had Gio who threw really well. So he stifles out offence pretty much and so that combined with us giving up a lot of runs it kind of looks like, Wow -- you know -- whats going on? Its just baseball." Gonzalez (6-4) allowed four hits, while striking out seven and walked one. He was lifted after throwing 109 pitches. Hes now thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings against Chicago and 22 overall. After spending a month on the disabled list with shoulder inflaammation, Gonzalez is 3-0 in four starts since his return. Gerald Green Jersey. Villanueva was pulled after the first four Nationals reached base in the third inning. He was charged with four runs on five hits. Chris Rusin, called up Saturday from Triple-A Iowa, was roughed up for five runs on nine hits over 3 2-3 innings. Justin Ruggiano had two hits for Chicago, which had won four straight. Williams flipped left-hander Bryce Harper and right-hander Rendon in the batting order, putting Rendon back in the 2-hole and Harper sixth against righty Villanueva. "Bryce is a little tick off (his timing)," Williams said before the game. Harper (1 for 3 with a walk Saturday) is 4 for 18 since returning from the disabled list. After Scott Hairston hit for Denard Span in the seventh, Hairston went to left field and Harper shifted to centre. Harper helped build the games first run Saturday. After Zimmerman singled leading off the second, Harper bunted him to second base and Zimmerman scored on Desmonds single. Washington sent 10-men to the plate in the third as they broke the game open and chased Villanueva. It was his fifth start of the season in 23 appearances. Span started the inning off with a single, and Rendon, Werth, Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos had RBI hits. Adam LaRoche scored on Rusins wild pitch. "After that its just go out there and attack the strike zone," Gonzalez said. "Just try to stay consistent in the strike zone." When Gonzalez singled in the seventh, every Washington starter had hit safely. NOTES: Washingtons Danny Espinosa pinch hit in the eighth, his first at-bat since June 28. ... Rusin, 27, was 6-10 with 3.96 ERA in 16 starts at Iowa. ... Renteria said the team will add another reliever Sunday. ... In the seventh inning, Frandsen came on to play third base for Washington, with Zimmerman shifting to first. ... Desmond leads MLB shortstops with 53 RBIs. ... Griffin sported a No. 10 Nationals jersey with his name on the back and visited the locker room after the game. ... Chicagos RH Jake Arrieta (5-1, 1.81) opposes RH Jordan Zimmerman (6-4, 2.95) in Sundays series finale. ' ' '
      September 12, 2019 8:04 AM CEST
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