Dec. 7, 2015
Notre Dame (5-2, 0-0) vs. Stony Brook (4-2, 0-0)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Site: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (9,149)
Game Time: 9 p.m. ET
Talent: Adam Amin (play-by-play); LaPhonso Ellis (analyst)
Radio: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network; WatchND; Sirius 134; XM 193
Talent: Jack Nolan (Play-By-Play); Jordan Cornette (Analyst)
NOTRE DAME AND STONY BROOK SET FOR ESPNU MATCHUP
- After a six-day hiatus, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9 pm (ET), as the Fighting Irish play host to Stony Brook in the third meeting between the two schools.
- The contest will be broadcast on ESPNU with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (analyst) calling the action.
- A free audio broadcast will be available courtesy of WatchND. Jack Nolan will handle play-by-play duties, while Jordan Cornette will serve as analyst. The matchup is also available on Sirius 134 and XM 193.
TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS
- Game tickets are available at the Murnane Family Ticket Center. For more information, call 574-631-7356 or visit www.UND.com/BuyTickets
- Notre Dame is back in action for the first time since recording an 84-78 victory at Illinois in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The contest marked the first true road game for the Fighting Irish this season.
- Notre Dame owns a 5-2 record in 2015-16. The Irish entered the matchup at Illinois in Champaign last Wednesday night (Dec. 2) having lost two of their last three games. The Irish suffered setbacks to Monmouth (70-68) and Alabama (74-73) at the Advocare Invitational in Orlando. The lone victory for Notre Dame in the three-game tournament was a 78-72 win versus Iowa.
- The Seawolves are 4-2 on the season and are coming off a 91-77 win at home against Princeton.
- Tuesday night’s contest will be the third meeting between the two schools. Notre Dame has won both of the two previous matchups. Each of those games was hosted at Purcell Pavilion. The first contest played between the programs was Dec. 30. 2006, with the Irish earning a 95-66 victory. The teams played four years later in 2010, as Notre Dame defeated the Seawolves 88-62 on Dec. 19.
- Stony Brook is averaging 83.2 ppg, while four players are averaging in double figures. The Seawolves are shooting 47.5 percent from the field and are outrebounding their opponents by more than 18 boards per game (48.8-30.7 rpg.). Jameel Warney leads the Seawolves in both scoring (18.2 ppg.) and rebounding (13.2 rpg). He is followed in scoring by Carson Puriefoy (12.3 ppg.), Rayshaun McGrew (11.8 ppg) and Ahmad Walker (10.5 ppg.) in the scoring column.
IRISH VERSUS THE AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE
- Notre Dame is 15-0 all-time versus teams from the America East Conference.
- The Irish have already faced one America East foe this season when they defeated UMass Lowell 83-57 on Nov. 21.
- Playing an American East foe is nothing new for Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. Brey spent five seasons at former America East member Delaware from 1995-2000. With the Blue Hens, he compiled a 60-30 regular-season mark against those teams.
- Notre Dame rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to post an 84-79 victory over Illinois. It marked the first win for a Fighting Irish men’s basketball team in Champaign since Feb. 6, 1926.
- Notre Dame snapped Illinois’ 36-game winning streak at State Farm Center against non-conference opponents. The streak was the third-longest non-conference home winning streak in the country behind Duke (120) and Minnesota (47).
- The Irish shot 57.1 percent (16-28) from the field and 51.8 percent (29-56) from three-point range. Notre Dame also converted 16-22 (.727) from the charity stripe.
- Junior guards Demetrius Jackson and Steve Vasturia combined for 42 of Notre Dame’s 84 points as each scored 21 points in the contest.
- Vasturia reached the 20-plus point mark for the second time in his career in scoring a career-best 21 points. He connected on 9-14 from the field and was 3-5 from beyond the arc. Vasturia also grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists in the game.
- Jackson scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half. He finished 6-10 from the field and 3-4 from three-point range, in addition to hitting 6-8 from the free-throw line. Jackson dished off four assists and blocked two shots.
- Zach Auguste finished with game with 16 points and matched his personal best with 14 rebounds. He registered his fifth double-double in seven contests and the 10th of his career. Auguste finished the game hitting 6-13 shots from the field. He also registered a career-high four assists and blocked two shots.
- Notre Dame held the Fighting Illini to just 35.1 percent shooting (13-37) in the second half, as the Irish outscored Illinois 51-38 in the final 20-minute stanza.
NOTRE DAME JOINS THE 1800 CLUB
- Notre Dame’s 84-79 victory at Illinois last Wednesday night marked the 1800th in program history.
- The Fighting Irish are 1800-974 (.649) all-time in 111-plus seasons.
- Notre Dame is one of just nine Division I institutions with 1800 wins. The other eight are Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Temple, Syracuse, UCLA and St. John’s.
ANOTHER NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
- Notre Dame improved to 60-1 at home in the month of November under head coach Mike Brey following an 83-57 win over UMass Lowell on Nov. 21.
- The only loss during that stretch was an 83-70 setback to Indiana State on Nov. 17, 2013.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE
- Senior forward Zach Auguste has registered a double-double in five of seven games for the Irish this season. He is averaging career-bests of 14.1 points and 11.1 rebounds this season.
- His most recent double-double outing was against Illinois as he finished with 16 points and matched his career high with 14 rebounds. Auguste also had 14 rebounds in the season opener versus St. Francis (Pa.). He has 10 career double-double efforts.
- Auguste has grabbed 10-plus rebounds in five consecutive games heading into tonight’s contest against Stony Brook and in six games overall this season. The only game he as failed to haul in 10 or more rebounds was in the Milwaukee game when he grabbed six boards.
- Auguste has scored in double figures in 45 career contests and finished with 10 or more rebounds on 12 occasions.
JACKSON DOUBLING IT UP
- Junior guard Demetrius Jackson leads the Irish with a career-best 18.7 points per game scoring average. He tied teammate Steve Vasturia for game-high scoring honors against Illinois as he finished with 21 points. Jackson netted 17 points in the second half.
- Jackson (along with Vasturia) has netted double figures in all seven contests and topped the 20-plus point mark on four occasions.
- Jackson has scored in double figures on 44 occasions and toped the 20-point mark eight times.
- He began the season by scoring 20-plus points in each of Notre Dame’s first two contests. Jackson scored a career-high 27 points in the season opener against St. Francis (Pa.) as he connected on 10-14 from the field and 3-5 from three-point range. He followed that up with a 20-point effort versus Milwaukee, marking the first time in his career he netted 20-plus points I back-to-back contests.
- Jackson also finished 20 points in the loss to Monmouth for the seventh 20-plus point effort of his career.
BEACHEM CONTINUES TO BE A FORCE FOR THE IRISH
- Junior forward V.J. Beachem is averaging career bests of 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds.
- He registered double figures in all three of Notre Dame’s games at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando. Beachem tallied 14 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds versus Monmouth, scored 16 points and hauled in five rebounds against Iowa, and finished with 13 points and five rebounds against Alabama.
- Beachem has netted double figures 15 times during his career. His three-game double-figure scoring streak in Orlando matched the longest of his career.
CALL HIM MR. CONSISTENT
- Junior guard Steve Vasturia has scored in double figures in all seven games this season as he is averaging 13.9 points per game.
- Vasturia ended the 2014-15 campaign by netting double figures in each of Notre Dame’s last three games. His current 10-game double-figure scoring streak is the longest of his career and the longest active streak for any member of the Irish squad.
- Vasturia has netted double figures in 32 career outings and topped the 20-plus point mark twice during his career.
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