Feb. 3, 2014
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
#1 Syracuse 61, Notre Dame 55
February 3, 2014
Carrier Dome Syracuse, N.Y.
Notre Dame moved to 10-24 all-time when facing a No.1-ranked team ... this was the first time the Fighting Irish faced a top-ranked foe since a 67-58 win over Syracuse on Jan. 21, 2012, inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center ... Notre Dame is 0-11 all-time when facing a No. 1 team on the road.
This was the 45th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Syracuse ... the Orange hold a 26-19 advantage in the series ... Notre Dame is 9-13 all-time at Syracuse ... the Fighting Irish are 6-14 against the Orange under head coach Mike Brey, including a 2-8 mark at Syracuse.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G), Zach Auguste (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started tonight's contest ... it was the third straight game and third time overall this season that the Irish have used this starting lineup ... Notre Dame is 1-2 when this lineup starts ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 23 games this season ... it was the seventh start of the season for Auguste and the fourth for Vasturia.
Notre Dame trailed 31-18 at halftime ... the Irish are 3-10 this season when trailing at the intermission.
Notre Dame's 18 first-half points were the fewest for the Irish in any half since scoring 17 in the second half against USF in the quarterfinals of the 2012 BIG EAST Tournament ... they were the fewest first-half points for Notre Dame since netting 18 against Georgetown on Feb. 27, 2012.
Syracuse forward C.J. Fair, the ACC Player of the Week, entered the game averaging 17.2 ppg. and the Irish held him to a season-low six points.
Notre Dame is 0-5 this season when wearing blue 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 500.
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
Scored in double-figures (11 points) for the 18th time this season ... has reached double-figures in eight of 10 ACC games ... has 41 double-figure efforts in his career. Tied teammate Garrick Sherman with a game-high eight rebounds. Played all 40 minutes ... has played every minute in four of the last five games.
Garrick Sherman (Sr./C)
Scored in double-figures (a team-high 16 points) for the 18th time this season (seventh time in ACC play) ... has 28 career double-figure scoring efforts (27 while at Notre Dame). Tied teammate Pat Connaughton with a game-high eight rebounds.
Steve Vasturia (Fr./G)
Scored a career-high 13 points (previous high was 9 versus Duke on Jan. 4). Played a career-high 37 minutes.