Jan. 19, 2014
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Notre Dame 70, Virginia Tech 63
January 19, 2014
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center Notre Dame, Ind.
This was the fifth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Virginia Tech and the first since a 74-63 Fighting Irish victory on Jan. 20, 2004, in Blacksburg, Va. ... the Irish lead the series 3-1, including a 1-0 mark at Notre Dame ... Virginia Tech's only other game at Notre Dame occurred on Feb. 22, 2003 (a 98-76 Irish victory).
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Demetrius Jackson (Fr./G), Austin Burgett (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started tonight's contest ... this was Notre Dame's seventh different starting lineup this season ... the Irish have used a different starting five in each of the last three games ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 18 games this season ... Jackson has started the last 13 contests, while it was the second start of the season (and career) for Burgett.
Notre Dame was 9-of-28 from three-point range ... the nine treys were the most for the Irish in an ACC game.
Notre Dame led 39-24 at halftime ... the Irish are 9-1 this season when leading at the intermission.
Virginia Tech's 24 first-half points were the fewest Notre Dame has surrendered in any half of play in an ACC game.
The Fighting Irish are 7-2 this season when wearing white uniforms.
A three-pointer from Demetrius Jackson in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 495.
Former Fighting Irish head coach Digger Phelps was inducted into the Notre Dame Basketball Ring of Honor during halftime of tonight's game ... Phelps, who coached the Irish from 1971-91, is the sixth inductee into the Ring of Honor.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G) Scored in double-figures (12 points) for the seventh straight game, which is a career-best streak ... has reached double-figures 14 times this season and 63 times during his career.
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F) Tied a season-high mark with a game-high 21 points (also scored 21 against Delaware and North Dakota State) ... it was the seventh time of his career that he scored 20 or more points in a game, Has reached double-figures in points in each of the last five games and 15 times overall this season (38 times during his career)
Demetrius Jackson (Fr./G)
Tied a career-high mark with 13 points ... it was his fifth double-digit effort of the season (first in an ACC game).
Was 5-of-5 from the free throw line