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Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh - Postgame Notes

March 1, 2014

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Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Pittsburgh 85, Notre Dame 81 (OT)
March 1, 2014
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center • Notre Dame, Ind.

• The Fighting Irish had won six straight games decided in overtime prior to today's contest ... Notre Dame is 3-1 this season in overtime games ... Notre Dame is 16-10 in overtime contests under head coach Mike Brey.

• This was the 59th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh ... the Fighting Irish lead the series 31-28 ... the Irish had won five straight against the Panthers prior to today ... Notre Dame is 17-10 at home versus Pittsburgh ... Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey is 11-9 all-time against the Panthers.

Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G), Tom Knight (GS/F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started today's contest ... the Fighting Irish are 0-2 this season with this starting lineup ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 30 games this season ... it was the 10th start for Vasturia and the seventh for Knight.

• Notre Dame shot 54.8% (23-42) from the field ... that is the highest percentage for the Irish in an ACC game.

• The Irish tied season-high marks for made free throws (23 on 27 attempts) and free throw percentage (.852) ... both figures were highs for Notre Dame in an ACC contest.

• The Fighting Irish were 12-of-23 from three-point range ... it was the fourth time this season (second in ACC play) that Notre Dame made 10 or more three-pointers in a game ... the 52.2% from three-point range was a team-best for an ACC game.

• Notre Dame led 39-35 at halftime ... the Irish are 12-2 this season when leading at the intermission.

• The Fighting Irish are 4-4 this season when wearing gold uniforms.

• A three-pointer from Pat Connaughton in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 507.

Eric Atkins (Sr./G) • Scored in double-figures (17 points) for the 22nd time this season and the 13th time in ACC play ... has 71 career double-figure scoring efforts. • Dished out a game-high nine assists. • Played all 45 minutes ... it was the ninth time this season (seventh in an ACC game) that he played every minute of a game.

Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F) • Scored in double-figures (team-high 19 points) for a team-best 23rd time this season and the 13th time in an ACC game ... has reached double-figures 46 times in his career. • Scored 17 points in the first half.

Steve Vasturia (Fr./G) • Scored a career-high 15 points (previous high was 13 at Syracuse) ... netted double-figures for the third time this season (all in ACC games). • Scored 12 of the team's 16 points in overtime. • Pulled down a career-high (and team-high) six rebounds. • Made a career-high six free throws (on six attempts). • Had a career-high three steals.



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