Feb. 1, 2014
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Notre Dame 76, Boston College 73 (OT)
February 1, 2014
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center Notre Dame, Ind.
Eric Atkins' game-winning three-pointer with 0.8 left in overtime marked the first time Notre Dame won on a "last-second" shot since Tory Jackson's layup against New Mexico with two seconds left that gave the Irish a 70-68 victory on March 19, 2009, in the second round of the Postseason NIT.
The Fighting Irish have won eight of their last nine overtime games, including five straight ... Notre Dame improved to 15-9 in overtime contests under head coach Mike Brey ... this was Notre Dame's second overtime game this season ... the first was an 87-81 win over Canisius on Dec. 29.
This was the 22nd meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Boston College and the first since a 68-65 Irish victory on Feb. 8, 2005, inside Purcell Pavilion ... the Fighting Irish lead the series 12-10, including a 9-4 mark at home ... the Irish have won six of the last seven meetings ... Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is 4-1 all-time versus Boston College.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G), Zach Auguste (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started today's contest ... it was the second straight game and second time overall this season that the Irish have used this starting lineup ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 22 games this season ... it was the sixth start of the season for Auguste and the third for Vasturia.
Notre Dame had four players score in double-figures (Atkins 24, Connaughton 17, Auguste 10, Beachem 10) for the first time since the Georgia Tech game on Jan. 11.
Notre Dame trailed 29-26 at halftime ... the Irish are 3-9 this season when trailing at the intermission.
Boston College sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan entered the game as the third-leading scorer in the ACC (18.0 ppg. in league play) ... he was held to a season-low five points.
The Irish held a 36-27 rebound edge ... Notre Dame is 9-3 this season when outrebounding its opponent.
Notre Dame committed just nine turnovers ... it marked the 11th time this season (fifth time in ACC play) that the Irish had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game.
Notre Dame is 8-2 this season when wearing white uniforms.
A three-pointer from Steve Vasturia in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 499.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
Scored in double-figures (a game-high 24 points) for the 17th time this season and the 66th time of his career ... has netted double-figures in eight of nine ACC games ... 20 of his points came in the second half and overtime. Netted 20-plus points for the fifth time this season and the ninth time of his career ... has scored 20 or more points in three ACC contests.
Zach Auguste (So./F)
Scored in double-figures (10 points) for the fifth time this season (second in ACC play) and the seventh time of his career ... it's the second time this season (and career) that he's scored in double-figures in consecutive games.
V.J. Beachem (Fr./F)
Scored a career-high 10 points (previous high was 6 versus Canisius on Dec. 29).
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
Scored in double-figures (17 points) for the 17th time this season ... has reached double-figures in seven of nine ACC games ... has 40 double-figure efforts in his career. Pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.