Men's Basketball

@NDmbb
Irish Power Past USF, 60-49

Senior Scott Martin posted his second straight double-double with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

Jan. 10, 2012

Box Score |  Quotes |  Notes

Box ScoreGet Acrobat Reader

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A 14-0 run late in the second half propelled the Notre Dame men's basketball team to a 60-49 victory over visiting USF Tuesday night in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.

The Irish led by just three (40-37) with 9:17 to play in the contest, but six points from sophomore guard Jerian Grant and five from junior forward Jack Cooley over the next 5:07 helped the Irish build a 17-point lead (54-37) and create some much needed breathing room from a hard-nosed Bulls squad.

Cooley finished with a game-high 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Grant poured in 14 points and dished out four assists. Senior forward Scott Martin posted his second-straight double-double with 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in 39 minutes of action.

Notre Dame (11-6, 3-1 BIG EAST) shot 50 percent (12-24) in the second half and held USF (9-8, 2-2 BIG EAST) to just 34.5 percent (10-29) from the floor. Despite being outrebounded by the Bulls, 35-29, the Irish held a 16-4 advantage in assists and used strong defensive pressure throughout the contest to force 13 USF turnovers.

The Irish opened the game on a 6-0 run, but the Bulls responded with six of the next eight points to even the score at 8-8. Three-pointers on consecutive possessions by Grant put the Irish back in front, 17-12, and a triple by freshman guard Pat Connaughton extended the Notre Dame advantage to eight (26-18) with 3:26 to go in the half. USF moved back within two (26-24) on a fast-break lay-in by Anthony Collins, but the Irish scored the last four points of the half - including a last-second runner by Connaughton - to take a 30-24 lead into the break.

Notre Dame shot a blistering 55.6 percent from beyond the arc in the first half, with five of the team's 12 field goals coming from three-point territory. Grant led the Irish with eight first-half points.

Neither team could find the basket to start the second half, but the Bulls converted on a number of second-chance opportunities to cut the Irish lead to 34-32 at the 12:51 mark. Strong finishes by Cooley on consecutive possessions pushed the Irish advantage back to six (38-32) and Grant put together a 3-point play four minutes later to keep the Irish in front by six (43-37). After another drive and finish by Cooley, Grant converted his second 3-point play in as many minutes to extend the Notre Dame lead to 11 (48-37) and force a USF timeout.

An electric fast-break dunk by Cooley off a good feed from sophomore point guard Eric Atkins capped a 14-0 run by the Irish and put the home team comfortably in front, 54-37, with 4:10 to play. The 17-point cushion was the team's largest of the game.

After missing eight of their first nine shots to begin the second half, the Irish put USF away by connecting on 11 of their final 15 attempts (.733).

The win extended Notre Dame's home winning streak to 29 games, the fourth-longest mark in the nation. The Irish are now 8-1 all-time against USF.

Notre Dame returns to action on Saturday against No. 17/16 Connecticut. Tip-off is slated for 11:00 a.m. (ET) inside Purcell Pavilion.

--ND--
 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

November 26
W, 91-60
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
RECAP

WatchND
ACC Network Extra

Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

November 29
W, 92-78
Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
RECAP

WatchND
Watch ESPN

Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

December 4
5:00 PM
North Carolina A&T
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
WatchND
December 6
9:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
WatchND
December 10
12:00 PM
Villanova
Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

CBS
WatchND
December 17
2:00 PM
Purdue
Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

ESPN 2
WatchND
December 19
7:00 PM
Colgate
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
WatchND
December 28
7:00 PM
Saint Peters
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
WatchND
December 31
2:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Petersen Events Center)

ACC Network
WatchND
January 4
9:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 7
3:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 12
7:00 PM
Miami
Miami, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 14
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)

ACC Network
January 18
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tucker Center)

RSN
January 21
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 24
8:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 28
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavillion)

ESPNU
January 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN
February 4
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Smith Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 7
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNEWS
February 11
2:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 14
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

ESPNU
February 18
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 26
6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
March 1
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
March 4
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)

CBS
March 7
TBA
ACC Tournament
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
March 16
TBA
NCAA Tournament
TBA

Shop Now

Nissan

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Photo Galleries

Canon

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka Vivid Seats