Jan. 25, 2014
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Wake Forest 65, Notre Dame 58
January 25, 2014
Joel Coliseum Winston-Salem, N.C.
This was the second meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Wake Forest ... the Demon Deacons captured the first encounter, 71-61, during the title game of the 2000 Postseason NIT in New York City.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Demetrius Jackson (Fr./G), Zach Auguste (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started today's contest ... the Fighting Irish are 1-3 this season with this starting five ... Notre Dame has used three different starting lineups in the last four games ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 20 games this season ... Jackson has started the last 15 contests, while it was the fourth start of the season (and career) for Auguste.
The game featured five ties and seven lead changes ... Wake Forest's largest lead was nine points (25-16) and Notre Dame's was four points (4-0).
The 58 points were a season low for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame trailed 25-21 at halftime ... the Irish are 2-8 this season when trailing at the intermission.
Notre Dame's 21 first-half points were the fewest in a half for the Irish since they netted 19 in the opening half against Pittsburgh last season (Feb. 18, 2013) ... Notre Dame won that game, 51-42.
All five of Notre Dame's ACC losses have been by eight points or fewer.
Notre Dame made a season-low two three-pointers (on 16 attempts) ... it was Notre Dame's lowest three-point total since the Irish netted one last season against Providence (Feb. 16, 2013).
The Irish held a 33-32 rebound edge, including 9-3 in offensive boards ... Notre Dame is 8-2 this season when outrebounding its opponent (both losses have been in the last two games).
Notre Dame matched a season-low total in turnovers with five (the Irish also had five turnovers against Cornell) ... it marked the 10th time this season (fourth in ACC play) that the Irish had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game.
The Fighting Irish held a 44-30 advantage in points in the paint.
Notre Dame is 0-4 this season when wearing blue uniforms.
A three-pointer from Eric Atkins in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 497.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
Scored 13 points to up his career-best double-figure scoring streak to nine games, which is the longest active streak on the team ... has reached double-figures 16 times this season and 65 times during his career. Dished out a game-high six assists.
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
Scored in double-figures (10 points) for the 16th time this season and the 39th time of his career ... has reached double-figures in points in six of seven ACC games. Pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Played all 40 minutes for the second straight game ... has played 38 or more minutes in 11 games this season, including six straight contests.
Tom Knight (GS/F)
Played for the first time since Jan. 7 (NC State) ... missed the last four contests due to injury and illness. Scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds ... was 4-of-4 from the field.
Garrick Sherman (Sr./C)
Scored in double-figures (20 points) for the 16th time in the last 17 games ... has a team-high 17 double-digit efforts this season and 27 in his career (26 at Notre Dame). Netted 20-plus points for the second straight game and the fourth time this season (third time in ACC play) ... has five 20-plus point efforts in his career (all at Notre Dame) ... this is the first time in his career that he's netted 20 or more points in consecutive games.