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Batts, Council carry surging Providence to 71-54 win over No. 21 Notre Dame

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    Providence's Kadeem Batts (10) dunks in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, left, and Jerian Grant (22) battle for a rebound with Providence's Lee Goldsbrough (21) and Josh Fortune, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    Providence's Kadeem Batts, right, runs into Notre Dame's Garrick Sherman's defense, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    Providence's Kris Dunn, left, goes up to shoot in front of Notre Dame's Eric Atkins in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence's career leader, carrying resurgent Friars over No. 21 Notre Dame 71-54 Saturday.

Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7). Providence has won four straight, including a victory over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6.

Council also had 11 rebounds and seven points. His 671 assists surpassed the 662 of Ernie DiGregorio from 1970-73. Council needs two assists to match the Big East record of 426 set by Syracuse's Sherman Douglas from 1985-89..

Jack Cooley led Notre Dame with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tom Knight and Garrick Sherman each scored 11. It was just the second loss in seven games for the Fighting Irish (20-6, 8-5).