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Notre Dame-Rutgers Postgame Notes

Jan. 19, 2013

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  • Notre Dame improved to 15-3 overall (12-1 at home) and 3-2 in BIG EAST play this season
  • Tonight was the 32nd meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Rutgers ... the Irish lead the series 19-13 ... Notre Dame has won eight of the last 10 meetings ... the Fighting Irish have won their last nine home showdowns against the Scarlet Knights
  • Notre Dame was 15-for-17 from the free throw line ... the 88.2% is a season-best mark for the Irish ... it was the fourth time this season (second straight game) that the Irish shot 80% or above from the charity stripe
  • Rutgers held a 31-26 rebound advantage ... the Irish are 3-3 this season when being outrebounded
  • Notre Dame led 38-31 at halftime ... the Irish are 14-1 this season when leading at the intermission
  • The Fighting Irish had 19 assists on their 24 made field goals
  • Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Jerian Grant (Jr./G) and Scott Martin (GS/G) started tonight's contest ... the Irish are 13-3 this season with that starting lineup and 24-7 over the past two campaigns ... Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 18 games this season, while Grant and Martin have 17 starts each
  • Notre Dame is 47-2 in its last 49 home games
  • During the first timeout a check was presented to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the amount of $10,033 to help with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy ... a special online auction was held from Jan. 7-18 on Notre Dame's official athletic web site and fans had the opportunity to bid on several unique items with the proceeds going to help with the relief efforts ... Governor Christie is a longtime friend of Irish head coach Mike Brey
  • A three-pointer from Pat Connaughton in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 460

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (14 points) for the 13th time this season and for the 41st time of his career ... has a career-best six-game double-figure scoring streak

Pat Connaughton (So./G-F)

  • Reached double-figures in points (17) for the eighth time this season and for the 17th time in his career
  • Was 4-for-6 from three-point range ... the four treys were a season-high total

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)

  • Posted his team-best 11th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds ... has 24 career double-doubles
  • Scored in double-figures for a team-best 17th time this season and for the 40th time in his career ... he has reached double-figures in points in 13 straight games, which is a career-best streak and a team-best streak this season

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)

  • Tied a career-high total with 10 assists ... his other 10-assist effort came earlier this season versus Chicago State (Nov. 26)
  • Was 2-for-2 from the free throw line ... has made his last 18 free throw attempts

Tom Knight (Sr./F)

  • Scored six points, which matched a season-high total that he also achieved on Tuesday at St. John's



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