Feb. 25, 2012
Notre Dame had its program-record nine-game BIG EAST win streak snapped. The Fighting Irish also had won four straight road games prior to today.
The Fighting Irish never led in today's contest.
Today was the 38th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and St. John's. The Irish lead the series 20-18. Notre Dame has dropped its last three games at St. John's
Eric Atkins (So./G), Pat Connaughton (Fr./G), Jack Cooley (Jr./F), Jerian Grant (So./G) and Scott Martin (Sr./G) started today's contest. It was the 10th straight game - and 10th time overall this season - that quintet has started. The Irish are 9-1 with that starting lineup. Grant and Martin both have a team-high 28 starts this season.
Notre Dame trailed 31-25 at halftime. The Irish are 5-8 this season when trailing at the intermission.
The Irish only committed seven turnovers. That marked the 13th time this season (seventh time in BIG EAST play) that Notre Dame committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a game. The Irish have had fewer than 10 turnovers in each of the last four games.
Notre Dame shot 12.9% (4-31) from three-point range ... that percentage from beyond the arc is a season-low for the Irish ... the previous low as 14.3% (2-14) at Gonzaga (Nov. 30)
Notre Dame is 15-1 at home, 5-4 in true road games and 0-4 in neutral site contests this season.
A Pat Connaughton three-pointer in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 437.
Jack Cooley (Jr./F)
Posted his fifth double-double in the last six games with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds ... he has a team-best 11 double-doubles this season (nine in BIG EAST play) Has scored in double-figures 16 times this season (11 times in BIG EAST play) ... today was his sixth-straight double-digit scoring effort ... that is a career-best double-figure scoring streak Reached double-figures in rebounds for the 13th time this season (10th time in BIG EAST play) Shot 7-for-9 from the floor
Tom Knight (Jr./F)
Hauled down a career-high six rebounds ... his previous high was five on two occasions
Scott Martin (Sr./G)
Scored in double-figures (18 points) for the second straight game ... has 15 double-digit scoring efforts this season (10 in BIG EAST play) The 18 points were a season-high in BIG EAST play Was 9-for-15 from the field ... the nine made field goals were a career-high total ... his previous high was eight on two occasions