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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jack Cooley collected a double-double and four teammates added scored double figure efforts as Notre Dame's winning streak against St. Francis (Pa.) reached an even dozen with a 69-52 victory on Saturday at Purcell Pavilion.

The Irish (5-1) never trailed and broke the game open in the second half for their third straight victory and fourth at home.

Cooley, Eric Atkins and Cameron Biedscheid each scored 13 while Garrick Sherman and Jerian Grant each added 11 for Notre Dame. Cooley also had 13 rebounds.

Umar Shannon scored 14 points while Ollie Jackson added 12 for the Red Flash (0-5), which has dropped 12 straight to Notre Dame -- all in South Bend -- in a series dating back to 2000.

With campus shut down for Thanksgiving weekend and a big football game later that night at USC, the game drew a light crowd announced at 6,174.

Biedscheid collected three 3-pointers in the first 8:03 for a 20-7 lead. Atkins had a game-high 11 points while Biedscheid added nine in the opening half as Notre Dame opened a 35-23 lead.

The lead reached 51-36 on Biedscheid's fourth 3-pointer with 13:13 remaining. St. Francis closed briefly to within 12 before the Irish used an 11-0 run to open a 62-39 lead on Cooley's turn-around hook shot with 7:12 to play.

St. Francis never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

The road loss was the ninth straight for the Red Flash going back to the 2011-12 season.

Irish coach Mike Brey made one change in a lineup that had started five previous games. Sixth-year center Garrick Sherman got the nod in place of Scott Martin, out with a sore knee. Brey is now 44-0 in November in a 13-season Irish career.

The Irish host Chicago State Monday in the third of five straight home games. Notre Dame entertains Kentucky on Thursday as part of the SEC/Big East Challenge. St. Francis is idle until Saturday at American.

Notes: Notre Dame is 27-0 against the Northeast Conference, including a mid-month 95-72 victory over Monmouth. ... Saturday's decision was the 22nd straight non-conference home win and 63rd in the last 64 starts. The last Irish non-conference loss in that span was on Dec. 12, 2009, an 87-85 setback to Loyola Marymount. ... Despite a winless start, guard Umar Shannon has provided a spark for the Red Flash. Shannon, a redshirt junior who sat out 2011-12 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, scored a breakout 24 points in an 85-76 home loss last Wednesday against Colgate. ... Notre Dame dropped out of the top 25 following a Nov. 16 loss to St. Joseph, but is still receiving votes in both national polls. ... St. Francis was picked to finish 12th in the Northeast Conference while Notre dame is tabbed third in the Big East.

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