Jan. 15, 2005
Notre Dame 67, St. John's 66 (Joyce Center)
Jan. 15, 2005
Sophomore G Colin Falls poured in a career-high 23 points, besting the 20 he scored earlier this season vs. DePaul.
Falls has made three or more 3-point baskets in each of the past six games.
Falls scored from 3-point range on six of his seven baskets today and now has made 84% of his field goals (78 of 93) from beyond the arc.
With his gamewinning three-pointer, senior G Chris Thomas finished with 11 points for his 97th career double-digit scoring game (out of 113).
Thomas crept closer to the 2,000-point milestone and now has 1,985 career points (he is 26 points shy of tying Troy Murphy for 5th on the ND career scoring charts, at 2,011).
Thomas has started every game of his career (113) and remains third on that ND list, behind former teammate Matt Carroll (125) and 1988 grad. David Rivers (116).
Junior G Chris Quinn (13) scored in double figures for the 36th time in his ND career while Falls scored 10-plus for the 12th time.
Senior Jordan Cornette's game-ending block gave him three for the game and pushed his career total to 181 (just 19 shy of tying the team record held by 1992 graduate LaPhonso Ellis).
Notre Dame made a season-high 13 three-point baskets, four shy of the team record (17) set last season vs. St. John's
Seven of Notre Dame's eight second-half field goals were from three-point range.
Notre Dame overcame its worst field-goal shooting game of the season (32.3 pct.) by making a season-high 13 three-point baskets, totaling just 10 turnovers and coming up with 16 second-chance points. The Irish also owned a key edge at the free-throw line (12-of-14 for ND, just 10-of-22 for SJU).
St. John's owned a decisive advantage in field-goal pct. (57% to 34%), thanks in large part to a 32-10 edge in points in the paint. Notre Dame totaled just 10 turnovers but SJU cashed them in for 17 points.
The tight game saw neither team lead by more than five points.
The St. John's bench outscored the Notre Dame reserves 15-2 (8 points from Ryan Williams and 7 from Phil Missere).
Mike Brey is now four wins shy of his 100th victory in four-plus season at Notre Dame (96-47).
The Irish now are 8-3 in one-point games during the Brey era (2-1 this season).
Notre Dame has made at least one three-point basket in 193 consecutive games.
The Irish are 7-1 in their past eight games and improved to 9-2 at home this season (7 of the ND's next 10 games are on the road).
Notre Dame now leads the series with St. John's 17-13, including 5-1 in the last six.
St. John's was making its first appearance at the Joyce Center in four years (dating back to Feb. 5, 2001).