Feb. 11, 2014
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Notre Dame 68, Clemson 64 (2OT)
February 11, 2014
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center Notre Dame, Ind.
This was the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and Clemson.
The Fighting Irish have won nine of their last 10 overtime games, including six straight ... Notre Dame improved to 16-9 in overtime contests under head coach Mike Brey ... this was Notre Dame's third overtime game this season ... the first two overtime wins this season came against Canisius (87-81) and Boston College (76-73).
This was Notre Dame's first multiple-overtime contest since the 104-101 five-overtime victory over Louisville on Feb. 9, 2013.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), V.J. Beachem (Fr./F), Zach Auguste (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started tonight's contest ... this was Notre Dame's ninth different starting lineup this season ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 25 games ... it was the ninth start of the season for Auguste and the first career start for Beachem.
Notre Dame has had three true freshmen earn at least one start this season (Demetrius Jackson 15, Steve Vasturia 5, V.J. Beachem 1) ... it's the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign that the Irish have had three freshmen notch a start in the same season (Matt Carroll 30, Jere Macura 2, Ivan Kartelo 1).
Clemson shot 34.3% (24-70) from the field ... that is the lowest percentage for an Irish opponent in ACC play.
Notre Dame led 32-27 at halftime ... the Irish are 10-1 this season when leading at the intermission.
Notre Dame is 9-3 this season when wearing white 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 502.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
Scored in double-figures (team-high 16 points) for the 19th time this season and the 68th time of his career ... has netted double-figures in 10 of 12 ACC games.
Played all 50 minutes.
Zach Auguste (So./F)
Posted his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Scored in double-figures for the second straight game and the seventh time overall this season ... has netted double-digits four times in the last five games ... has nine career double-figure scoring efforts.
Played a career-high 38 minutes.
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
Scored in double-figures (13 points) for the 19th time this season and the 42nd time of his career ... has netted double-figures in nine of 12 ACC games.
Tied a career-high mark of seven assists, which were a game-high total.
Played 49 minutes.
Steve Vasturia (Fr./G)
Reached double-figures (11 points) for the second time this season ... has scored in double-figures twice in the last three games.
Played a career-high 41 minutes.