SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Jack Cooley had 24 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, to lead No. 22 Notre Dame to an 89-67 win over Niagara on Friday night.
The 6-foot-9 senior jumped out to a quick start, tying his season-high game total of 20 points by halftime. The Fighting Irish led 42-34 at the break.
Niagara (5-7) committed 11 fouls in the first half and the Irish (12-1) took advantage, hitting 12 of 14 (86 percent) free throws. Cooley made half of those and was perfect from the stripe.
The Irish got rolling as the game wore on, shooting a season-high 62 percent. They put the game away with a 23-7 run during a 7-minute span midway through the second half, extending their lead to 20.
Antoine Mason led the Purple Eagles with 17 points.
He may have gone just 9-of-12 for 77 yards in a shutout loss against the 49ers on Sunday, but Case Keenum will remain starter for the Redskins when they travel to Minnesota this coming Thursday.
Bill Callahan confirmed that in his press conference following the rainy Week 7 matchup at FedEx Field.
“We still have a lot of faith in Case and his ability,” the coach told reporters.
That’s not going to be what fans want to hear, and neither is this: Sticking with Case makes a decent amount of sense, at least for a few more days. After that, however, is when it needs to end.
The main reason is because of the quick turnaround from Sunday’s contest to Thursday’s game. The Redskins will gather just twice at their Ashburn practice facility this week and will only conduct walkthroughs. That’s not enough time or enough work for a rookie QB looking to make his debut.
Also, while it will be easy to point at Keenum’s measly stats versus the Niners, it’s necessary to note that the weather made it essentially impossible to throw more than 10 yards downfield unless a receiver was totally by himself. Very few signal callers would’ve been successful in that kind of rain.
Now, unless Keenum completely stars when facing the Vikings, the Burgundy and Gold should finally turn to Haskins. In fact, they should probably give him the nod regardless of what Keenum does. He’ll have a few extra days to prepare for the Bills in Week 9 and Washington needs to start evaluating him.
The Burgundy and Gold could’ve gone to Haskins earlier this year – not playing him in Miami was a questionable decision to many – but it’s understandable why they don’t want to insert him now.
That’ll cause uproar among fans, but wait it out one more game. If he’s not under center for that visit to Buffalo, then any and all uproar will be justified.
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Five weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb, Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas returned to practice Sunday and was a full participant.
Originally expected to miss 6-8 weeks in recovery, Thomas is on track to play much sooner than anticipated. Wizards head coach Scott Brooks wouldn’t go as far to say Thomas would be ready for Washington’s season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, but he did seem optimistic that he’d be playing in the near future.
Thomas signed a one-year minimum deal with the Wizards in July. Once healthy, he’s expected to be the team’s starting point guard with Ish Smith and Justin Robinson coming off the bench.
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