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Grant scores 18, Knight adds 17 as No. 24 Notre Dame beats USF 73-65

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    Notre Dame forward Tom Knight (25) jumps as he drives into South Florida forward Zach LeDay (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

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    Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley (45) fouls South Florida forward Zach LeDay (3) as he attempts to grab a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

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    South Florida center Jordan Omogbehin (35) blocks a shot by Notre Dame center Garrick Sherman (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

Jerian Grant scored 18 points and Tom Knight had 17 as No. 24 Notre Dame beat South Florida 73-65 on Saturday.

Eric Atkins added 13 points and Pat Connaughton contributed 12 for Notre Dame (16-4, 4-3 Big East), which had lost three of four, including a 63-47 loss to Georgetown last Monday.

Zach LeDay had 17 points and Anthony Collins added 12 for South Florida (10-9, 1-6).

Notre Dame used a 20-3 run to go ahead 48-40 with 13 minutes to play. Connaughton's 3-pointer broke a 40-all tie before Knight dunked and Grant connected on a 3 to make it 48-40.

South Florida got within 52-48 midway through the second half on LeDay's basket. Notre Dame responded by scoring the next six points, a three-point play by Grant and a 3-pointer by Atkins.