SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Zach Auguste scored a career-high 26 points and No. 25 Notre Dame made more than half its shots, beating Florida State 83-63 Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson each finished with 18 points for the Irish (10-1). Notre Dame took control with an 18-2 run midway through the first half, put together another big burst in the second half and wound up hitting 31 of 60 shots overall.
Florida State (4-5) struggled without leader scorer Aaron Thomas, who was averaging 14.8 points a game. He was declared ineligible for the season on Friday.
Grant and Jackson both scored seven points as the Irish went on a 20-4 run midway through the second half. Jackson’s dunk on a fast break made it 60-38.
Auguste shot 11 of 15 and had seven rebounds.
Montay Brandon led the Seminoles with 14 points and Devon Bookert, who missed five straight games with a foot injury, added 11.
Auguste finished the first half with a slam dunk to give the Irish an eight-point lead, then opened the second half with a layup. The Seminoles cut the lead to 40-34 on a pair of free throws by Jarquez Smith before Grant and Jackson took over.
It looked early on as if Florida State might dominate inside. The Seminoles had twice as many rebounds as Notre Dame in the opening minutes and took a 19-15 lead on a layup by Boris Bojanovsky.
Auguste got the Irish going with a dunk and then 6-foot-5 swingman Pat Connaughton brought the home crowd to its feet when he blocked a shot by 7-1 Michael Ojo.
The fans got even louder when Grant followed that with a fastbreak dunk.
Florida State dropped to 10-14 in ACC openers. The Seminoles play five more nonconference games before getting back into ACC play against Virginia Tech on Jan. 6.
Notre Dame is 9-0 at home this season after going 13-6 last season. The Irish play three more nonconference games before resuming league play against Georgia Tech on Jan. 3.
Florida State hosts North Florida on Wednesday.
Notre Dame plays Purdue in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 20.
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