South Bend, IN -- Senior Jack Cooley posted a game-high 19 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking three shots as No.22 Notre Dame defeated Evansville, 58-49, in the season opener for both teams.
Cooley shot 5-of-7 from the field, connected on 8-of-12 free throws and was just one of two scorers in double figures for the Fighting Irish (1-0), who fell to Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Jerian Grant added 11 points in the victory for Notre Dame, which remained undefeated in season openers under head coach Mike Brey.
Colt Ryan led Evansville with 15 points, while Ryan Sawvell notched a double- double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Aces (0-1), who had come in as victors in their previous four season openers.
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