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No. 24 Notre Dame vs. St. John's - Postgame Notes

March 5, 2013

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Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center o Notre Dame, Ind.

o Notre Dame improved to 23-7 overall and 11-6 in BIG EAST play this season ... the Fighting Irish are 17-2 at home this season

o The 40 points from St. John's were the fewest ever scored by a Notre Dame opponent in BIG EAST play (regular season or tournament) ... the previous low was 41 by Cincinnati on Feb. 24 ... tonight was the third time this season the Irish held a BIG EAST opponent to 42 points or fewer (Pittsburgh scored 42 on Feb. 18)

o Notre Dame's 26-point margin of victory was its largest in a BIG EAST game since a 27-point win (71-44) over West Virginia on Feb. 22, 2012

o St. John's shot 30.4% (17-56) from the field ... that is the lowest shooting percentage for any Irish opponent this season

o The 14 second-half points from St. John's were the fewest ever allowed by Notre Dame in any half of BIG EAST play

o The Fighting Irish shot 68.0% (17-25) from the floor in the second half ... Notre Dame outscored St. John's 44-14 in the second half

o Notre Dame held a 36-34 rebound advantage ... the Irish are 17-1 this season when outrebounding their opponent

o Tonight was the second meeting this season between Notre Dame and St. John's ... the Red Storm topped the Irish 67-63 on Jan. 15 inside Madison Square Garden ... tonight's Irish victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Red Storm ... Notre Dame holds a 21-19 edge in the all-time series with St. John's ... the Fighting Irish are 12-11 against the Red Storm in BIG EAST play ... St. John's is 8-13 all-time at Notre Dame

o Notre Dame trailed 26-22 at halftime ... the Irish are 5-6 this season when trailing at intermission

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 11th straight game - and 11th time overall this season - that quintet has started ... the Irish are 8-3 with that starting lineup ... Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 30 games this season, while Grant has 29 starts and Knight has started 11 games

o The Irish wore gold jerseys for the sixth time this season (fifth straight home game) ... Notre Dame is 6-0 this season when wearing gold uniforms

o Fighting Irish senior players Mike Broghammer, Joey Brooks, Jack Cooley and Scott Martin were honored prior to tonight's game

o Notre Dame won its final regular-season home game for the eighth straight season

o A three-pointer from Jerian Grant in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 472

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)
o Scored in double-figures (15 points) for the fourth straight game and for the 21st time this season (13th time in BIG EAST play) ... has 49 career double-figure efforts
o Had seven assists

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)
o Notched his 19th double-double of the season (10th in BIG EAST play) with 12 points and 13 rebounds ... has 32 career double-doubles
o Scored in double-figures for the 27th time this season (out of 30 games played) ... has tallied 10 or more points in 15 of 17 BIG EAST games this season ... has scored in double-figures 50 times in his career
o Hauled down 10 or more rebounds for the 20th time this season (11th time in BIG EAST play) and for the 35th time of his career

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)
o Scored a game-high 21 points for the second straight contest ... has scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career ... this was his fourth 20-plus point performance of the season (third in BIG EAST play) ... has scored 20 or more points eight times in his career
o Scored in double-figures for the fourth straight game and for the 25th time this season (51st time of his career) ... has reached double-figures in 15 of 17 BIG EAST games this season
o Made a career-high five three-pointers (on six attempts) ... his previous high was four on two occasions
o Had a game-high eight assists



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