SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)—Carleton Scott was perfect. Ben Hansbrough just helped out.
Hansbrough had 14 points with eight assists and Tim Abromaitis scored 22 points for Notre Dame (10-1).
“Ben has been unbelievable at finding shooters,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “I don’t know if we have had a better guy at doing that.”
Marcus Rouse led Stony Brook (4-6) with 15 points while Anthony Jackson added 12 and Dave Coley had 11.
Notre Dame began the second half with a 17-7 run. That followed a 12-2 run before the break which began after the Seawolves made it 29-26 with 5:36 to go.
Jack Cooley’s three-point play with just under five minutes gone in the second half made it 58-35.
“Scott is a hard guard, especially for us,” Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. “We are used to (tall) guys being around the basket. He got it going early and when he is on he is as good as there is.”
Pikiell said the Fighting Irish remind him of Connecticut, only bigger.
“UConn has Kemba Walker who is a terrific player who kind of runs the whole thing but Notre Dame has five players with Eric Atkins coming off the bench and they are not going to shoot themselves in the foot,” Pikiell said. “Notre Dame is well-coached, they are veterans, and they have an inside guy who can really post in and then pass back to 6-8 or 6-9 guys on the perimeter. I think they will be a tough game for anybody when they have that kind of size and that kind of passing ability.”