Feb. 26, 2014
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Notre Dame 65, Georgia Tech 62
February 26, 2014
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center Notre Dame, Ind.
Tonight's victory was head coach Mike Brey's 300th win at Notre Dame ... he is the third coach in program history (George Keogan & Digger Phelps) to notch 300 victories at the school ... Brey is the 17th active head coach to have at least 300 Division I wins at the same institution ... Brey is 300-156 during his 14 seasons at Notre Dame.
This was the second meeting this season and the 10th showdown overall between Notre Dame and Georgia Tech ... the Yellow Jackets topped the Fighting Irish 74-69 on Jan. 11 in Atlanta and lead the series 7-3 ... Georgia Tech had won five straight against the Irish prior to tonight ... this was Georgia Tech's first visit to Notre Dame since Feb. 24, 1990 (an 88-80 Yellow Jacket overtime victory) ... Notre Dame is 3-2 at home versus the Yellow Jackets.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G), Austin Burgett (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started tonight's contest ... this was Notre Dame's 11th different starting lineup this season ... the Irish have used a different starting quintet in each of the last three games ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 29 games this season ... it was the ninth start for Vasturia and the fourth for Burgett.
Notre Dame tied a season-low total of five turnovers ... the Irish also had five turnovers versus Cornell and Wake Forest ... Notre Dame has only turned the ball over 24 times in the last four games ... the Irish only had one turnover in the first half of tonight's contest.
Georgia Tech shot 37.3% from the field ... it marked the third time in ACC play that Notre Dame held its opponent under 40% from the floor ... the Irish also did so against Maryland (.397) and Clemson (.343).
The Fighting Irish held Georgia Tech's leading scorer Trae Golden (13.1 ppg) scoreless in 31 minutes on the court ... Golden was 0-of-10 from the field.
Notre Dame outscored Georgia Tech 42-16 in the paint.
Notre Dame led 33-31 at halftime ... the Irish are 12-1 this season when leading at the intermission.
The Irish trailed 22-11 with 7:42 left in the first half before ending the period on a 22-9 run.
The Fighting Irish are 10-3 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 506.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
Scored in double-figures (17 points) for the 21st time this season and the 12th time in ACC play ... has 70 career double-figure scoring efforts.
Garrick Sherman (Sr./C)
Tallied a game-high 21 points ... has reached the 20-point mark five times this season, including four times in ACC play ... has netted 20 or more points six times in his career (all while at Notre Dame).
Scored in double-figures for the 20th time this season (ninth time in ACC play) ... has 30 career double-figure scoring efforts (29 while at Notre Dame) ... tonight was his first double-figure effort since the North Carolina game on Feb. 8.
Shot 10-of-15 from the field.