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Jessica Hill, Associated Press
Notre Dame's Eric Atkins, right, is guarded by Connecticut's Ryan Boatright, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Eric Atkins scored 13 points and Jerian Grant hit three key free throws late as Notre Dame beat No. 24 Connecticut 50-48 on Sunday, the third straight win for the Irish and the third straight loss for the Huskies.

Grant had 11 points and Scott Martin added 10 points for Notre Dame (14-8, 6-3 Big East), who controlled the tempo throughout.

The loss spoiled the return of freshman guard Ryan Boatright for Connecticut (14-6, 4-4) and, who missed the last three games amid an NCAA investigation into his eligibility.

Notre Dame trailed 24-21 at halftime, but went on a 13-0 run to open the second half.

Jeremy Lamb had 16 points to lead the Huskies and had a chance to tie the game, but a shot following his own missed free throw bounced off the rim at the buzzer.