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UCLA basketball: Halftime report from Notre Dame

December 19, 2009 | 12:07 pm

An energized UCLA took an early lead, then hung close to Notre Dame, trailing 40-36 after the first half of this morning's nationally televised game in South Bend, Ind.

The Bruins came out hot -- Malcolm Lee hitting a jumper from the free-throw line -- and stayed that way.

Michael Roll had 11 points and Nikola Dragovic showed signs of emerging from a slump, making three of five shots for six points. In all, the team made 58% of its shots.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, struggled early.

After playing sluggishly at Pauley Pavilion last season, star forward Luke Harangody got off to another cold start today, missing his first four shots.

But after a timeout at 7:49, he scored two quick baskets and guard Tory Jackson added a three-pointer to give the Irish a 27-26 lead.

Harangody finished the half with 12 points and the Irish made five of 11 three-pointers.

-- David Wharton