March 12, 2014
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Wake Forest 81, Notre Dame 69
ACC Championship First Round
March 12, 2014
Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, N.C.
This was Notre Dame's first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game.
This was the second meeting this season and the third all-time between Notre Dame and Wake Forest ... the Demon Deacons lead the series 3-0, including a 65-58 win at Winston-Salem, N.C., on Jan. 25.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G), Zach Auguste (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started today's contest ... the Fighting Irish are 2-5 this season when that quintet starts ... Atkins and Connaughton have started all 32 games this season, while Sherman has notched 31 starts ... it was the 13th start for Auguste and the 12th for Vasturia.
The Fighting Irish only committed six turnovers ... it was the seventh time this season Notre Dame had six turnovers or fewer in a game (fourth time in last six games).
Notre Dame trailed 37-29 at halftime ... the Irish are 3-14 this season when down at the intermission.
The Fighting Irish are 0-2 this season when wearing black 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 509.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
Scored in double-figures (13 points) for the 24th time this season ... has 73 career double-figure scoring efforts.
Dished out a game-high seven assists.
Was 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Moved into a tie with Matt Carroll (1999-2003) for career games played at Notre Dame (133).
Climbed up to third in Notre Dame history in career assists (589).
Zach Auguste (So./F)
Tied a season-high total for points with 14 (also scored 14 versus Army and Clemson) ... it was the ninth time this season that he's scored in double-figures (11th time of career).
Hauled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
Scored a team-high 19 points ... has scored in double-figures a team-best 25 times this season (48 times in his career) ... it was the ninth time this season that he tallied a team-high point total (tied for team lead).
Garrick Sherman (Sr./C)
Scored in double-figures (12 points) for the 21st time this season ... has 31 career double-figure scoring efforts (30 while at Notre Dame).