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Irish Open Season With 80-67 Win Over Mississippi Valley State

Nov. 12, 2011

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Sophomore point guard Eric Atkins scored a career-high 27 points in Notre Dame's season-opening 80-67 victory over Mississippi Valley State Saturday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. The Irish have won their last 13 season openers, including all 12 of the Mike Brey era.

Atkins was 6-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. He was 12-of-12 from the free-throw line. His point and assist (6) totals were game-high figures.

Notre Dame (1-0) built an early 10-2 advantage, but Mississippi Valley State used a 14-5 run to take a one-point lead (16-15) with 11:03 remaining in the first half.

Notre Dame erased the deficit moments later when Alex Dragicevich scored on a jumper to put the Irish for good. Atkins gave the Irish a 10-point advantage (38-28) near the end of the first half after hitting six straight free throws over the final two minutes. The Fighting Irish led 38-30 at halftime.

Mississippi Valley State (0-1) trimmed its deficit to two (50-48) with 12:33 remaining in the contest. Notre Dame responded with a 20-4 run to grab an 18-point lead (70-52), its largest of the afternoon, by the 4:38 mark.

Mississippi Valley State head coach Sean Woods was ejected at the 6:12 mark of the second half after receiving two straight technical fouls. Atkins hit all four free throws following the double technical.

Senior guard Scott Martin netted 15 points, while sophomore guard Jerian Grant, who was making his Irish debut after sitting out last season, had 11 points. Junior forward Jack Cooley hauled down a game-high - and career-best - 10 rebounds.

Terrence Joyner and Kevin Burwell both tallied 14 points for Mississippi Valley State. Joyner also had a team-best nine rebounds for the Delta Devils. This was the first meeting ever between Notre Dame and Mississippi Valley State.

"I am very pleased that this team, this group, that is still trying to find itself, had to get through some tough stuff to win a game," commented Brey. "I thought we had a lot of different guys make plays for us when we had game pressure on us. I think that is only something you can build on and I hope it gets us more ready to handle Monday night and a very good team."

Notre Dame will play host to Detroit on Monday in regional-round action of the Progressive CBE Classic. Tip-off is slated for 9:00 p.m. (ET) inside Purcell Pavilion.

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Event Calendar

Delta

November 1
7:00 PM
Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 7
7:00 PM
Catholic
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 12
12:00 PM
Bryant University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 16
7:00 PM
Seattle University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 18
TBA
Loyola Maryland
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 21
TBA
Colorado
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2
November 22
TBA
Texas or Northwestern
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2/ESPNU
November 26
2:00 PM
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 29
9:00 PM
Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN 2
December 4
TBA
North Carolina A&T
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 6
9:00 PM
IPFW
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
December 10
12:00 PM
Villanova
Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

CBS
December 17
2:00 PM
Purdue
Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

ESPN 2
December 19
7:00 PM
Colgate
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 28
7:00 PM
Saint Peters
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 31
TBA
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Petersen Events Center)

ACC Network
January 4
9:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 7
3:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 12
7:00 PM
Miami
Miami, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 14
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)

ACC Network
January 18
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tucker Center)

RSN
January 21
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 24
8:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 28
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavillion)

ESPNU
January 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN
February 4
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Smith Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 7
TBA
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNEWS
February 11
2:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 14
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

ESPNU
February 18
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 26
6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
March 1
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
March 4
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)

CBS

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