Dec. 29, 2013
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Notre Dame 87, Canisius 81 (OT)
December 29, 2013
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center Notre Dame, Ind.
With today's win, Notre Dame improved to 20-4 all-time against Canisius, including a 4-0 mark under head coach Mike Brey ... the Fighting Irish have won the last seven meetings in the series ... Canisius is 0-8 at Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish have won seven of their last eight overtime games, including four straight ... Notre Dame improved to 14-9 in overtime contests under head coach Mike Brey ... this was Notre Dame's first overtime game since an 82-78 win over DePaul on Feb. 13, 2013.
Senior point guard Eric Atkins scored a career-high 30 points ... he is the first Irish player to score 30 points since Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough both netted 30 against Villanova on Feb. 28, 2011.
Notre Dame trailed 33-31 at halftime ... the Irish are 1-4 this season when trailing at the intermission.
Notre Dame improved to 49-7 all-time against teams currently in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) ... that includes a 12-0 mark under head coach Mike Brey ... Notre Dame has won 15 straight games versus MAAC opponents ... the Fighting Irish are 30-1 at home against MAAC competition.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Demetrius Jackson (Fr./G), Tom Knight (GS/F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started today's contest ... it was the first time this season that quintet has started ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 13 games this season ... Jackson has started eight games, while Knight has five starts.
Notre Dame was 1-of-7 from three-point range in the first half, but was 7-of-12 from long distance in the second half and overtime.
The Fighting Irish are 3-1 this season when wearing gold uniforms.
A three-pointer from Eric Atkins in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 490.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G) Scored a career-high 30 points ... his previous high was 27 against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 12, 2011. Scored in double-figures for the ninth time this season and for the 58th time of his career. Made a career-high six three-pointers (on eight attempts) ... the six treys are the most for an Irish player since Pat Connaughton made six against Marquette in the quarterfinals of last season's BIG EAST Championship. Shot 10-of-14 from the field ... the 10 field goals were a career-high mark. Played all 45 minutes.
Zach Auguste (So./F) Reached double-figures in points (12) for the third time this season and for the fifth time of his career. Shot 5-of-7 from the field and pulled down eight rebounds.
V.J. Beachem (Fr./F) Scored a career-high six points (previous high was three versus Stetson).
Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) Notched his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds (also third career double-double). Upped his career-best double-figure scoring streak to 10 games, which is the longest streak for the Irish this season ... has scored in double-figures in 11 games this season and 21 times in his career (20 at Notre Dame).
Steve Vasturia (Fr./G) Scored a career-high five points (previous high was three on two occasions).