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Notre Dame vs. DePaul - Postgame Notes

Feb. 13, 2013

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Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
#21/21 Notre Dame 82, DePaul 78 (OT)
February 13, 2013
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center o Notre Dame, Ind.

o Notre Dame improved to 20-5 overall and 8-4 in BIG EAST play this season ... the Fighting Irish are 15-2 at home this season

o The Fighting Irish have clinched their seventh straight 20-win season ... it's the first time in program history Notre Dame has compiled seven consecutive 20-win campaigns ... the Irish have reached the 20-win plateau 10 times in 13 seasons under head coach Mike Brey

o Notre Dame has played consecutive overtime games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season (Vanderbilt & Indiana) ... this is the first time the Irish have ever played two straight overtime contests in BIG EAST play ... Notre Dame is 3-1 in overtime this season ... the Irish are 9-2 in their last 11 overtime contests ... Notre Dame is 13-9 in overtime under head coach Mike Brey

o Tonight was the 104th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and DePaul and the second encounter in a 12-day span (the Irish won at DePaul 79-71 in overtime on Feb. 2) ... the Fighting Irish have won the last nine meetings and lead the series 60-44 ... the nine straight victories matches the longest win streak for either team in the series (Notre Dame also won nine straight between the 1967-68 and 1973-74 seasons) ... the Irish are 10-2 against the Blue Demons since DePaul joined the BIG EAST in 2005 ... Notre Dame is 37-14 all-time at home versus DePaul

o Notre Dame shot 50% (28-56) from the field ... the Irish are 11-0 this season when shooting 50% or above from the floor

o The Fighting Irish had 21 assists on their 28 made field goals ... Notre Dame has had 20 or more assists in 11 games this season (four times in BIG EAST play)

o The Irish held a 44-25 rebound advantage ... Notre Dame is 14-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent

o Notre Dame led 43-32 at halftime ... the Irish are 17-1 this season when leading at the intermission ... Notre Dame's 43 first-half points were the most since a 44-point first-half performance against Seton Hall in the BIG EAST opener (Jan. 5)

o Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Jerian Grant (Jr./G) and Tom Knight (Sr./F) started tonight's contest ... it was the sixth straight game - and sixth time overall this season - that quintet has started ... the Irish are 5-1 with that starting lineup ... Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 25 games this season, while Grant has 24 starts and Knight has started six games

o Notre Dame is 50-3 in its last 53 home games ... the Irish are 24-3 in their last 27 BIG EAST home contests

o Notre Dame wore gold jerseys for the fourth time this season (third straight home game) ... the Irish have won all four of those games

o A three-pointer from Eric Atkins in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 467

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)
o Scored in double-figures (13) for the 17th time this season (ninth time in BIG EAST play) ... has 45 career double-figure efforts
o Had nine assists

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)
o Posted his fifth straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds ... the five straight double-doubles is a career-best streak ... has 17 double-doubles this season (eight in BIG EAST play) and 30 for his career
o Scored in double-figures for a team-best 23rd time this season (46th time of career) ... has reached double-figures in 11 of 12 BIG EAST games this season
o Has hauled down 10 or more rebounds in a career best eight straight games and 18 times over all this season (33 times in his career)

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)
o Netted a team-high 21 points ... it was his second game this season with 20 or more points (first in BIG EAST play) ... he has six career games with 20 or more points
o Scored in double-figures for the seventh straight game and for the 21st time this season (47th time of his career) ... has reached double-figures in 11 of 12 BIG EAST games this season
o Had nine assists



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