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Kennesaw State Postgame Notes

Dec. 19, 2012

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  • Notre Dame improved to 11-1 this season ... the Fighting Irish have a nine-game win streak ... it's the longest win streak for the Irish since they won nine straight games last season (Jan. 21-Feb. 22)

  • Tonight was the second meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Kennesaw State ... the Fighting Irish have won both encounters ... the first showdown was an 80-62 triumph on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Kennesaw State head coach Lewis Preston was an assistant coach at Notre Dame from 2000-06 ... it was the first time Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey coached against one of his former assistants who is now a head coach

  • The win improved the Fighting Irish to 8-0 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference

  • With his sixth point of the night, Scott Martin (GS/G) reached the 1,000-point milestone for his collegiate career ... Martin has 728 points during his Notre Dame career ... he tallied 272 points during his freshman season at Purdue

  • Junior point guard Eric Atkins dished out a career-high 13 assists ... those were the most assists for an Irish player since Tory Jackson had 15 in an 84-71 loss to Syracuse on Jan. 18, 2010

  • Notre Dame shot a season-best 61.5% (32-52) from the floor ... it was the highest shooting percentage for the Irish since a 62.1% (36-58) performance in a 108-62 win over Northern Illinois on Dec. 8, 2007 ... it was the second time this season the Irish shot above 60% from the field (61% vs. Chicago State)

  • The Fighting Irish shot a season-best 86.7% (13-15) from the free throw line ... the previous high was 78.6% (22-28) against BYU

  • The Irish held a commanding 36-17 rebound advantage ... Notre Dame is 10-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent

  • Notre Dame had 21 assists on its 32 made field goals ... it was the sixth time this season that the Irish had 20 or more assists in a game

  • The Irish led 34-28 at halftime ... Notre Dame is 10-0 this season when leading at the intermission

  • Notre Dame is 109-7 in its last 116 home games and 44-1 in the last 45 home contests ... the Irish have won 15 straight home games

  • The Fighting Irish have won 27 consecutive non-conference home games and they are 68-1 in their last 69 non-league home contests

  • The Irish improved to 53-7 at home in the month of December under head coach Mike Brey ... Notre Dame has won 14 straight home games in December

  • Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Scott Martin (GS/G) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started tonight's contest ... it was the first time that lineup was used this season ... it was the second start of the season for Sherman ... Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 12 games, while Martin has 11 starts

  • A three-pointer from Scott Martin in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 454

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)

  • Dished out a career-high 13 assists ... his previous career-high was 12 against Brown (Dec. 8) ... has had 10 or more assists in a game four times this season
  • Scored nine points and was 4-for-5 from the field

Zach Auguste (Fr./F)

  • Notched career-high totals in points (12) and rebounds (7) ... his previous career-high for points was five against George Washington (Nov. 21) ... his previous career-high for rebounds was three versus Monmouth (Nov. 12)
  • Was 4-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line

Pat Connaughton (So./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (12 points) for the third straight game, which is a career-best streak
  • Was 5-for-7 from the field ... is 12-for-16 (.750) from the floor in the last two games

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)

  • Notched his eighth double-double of the season (14 points & 13 rebounds) ... has 21 career double-doubles
  • Scored in double-figures for the 11th time this season and for the 34th time in his career ... has reached double-figures in points in seven straight games, which is a career-best streak
  • Was 5-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)

  • Reached double-figures in points (14) for the ninth time this season and for the 35th time of his career

Scott Martin (GS/G)

  • Scored his 1,000th career point ... has 728 points at Notre Dame and had 272 during his freshman season at Purdue



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