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Notre Dame Continues Homestand Against Brown On Saturday

Dec. 28, 2007

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Notre Dame (8-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Brown (6-4, 0-0 Ivy League)

Saturday, December 29, 2007 * 7:00 p.m. (EST) Joyce Center (11,418) * Notre Dame, Ind.

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Notre Dame vs. Brown

  • Notre Dame returns to the court for the first in a week and is playing for just the second time in 21 days when the Irish face Brown in the second meeting between the two schools.
  • The game is the halfway point of a six-game homestand for the Irish.
  • Notre Dame looks to extend its school record 26-game Joyce Center home win streak. After tying the school record of 24 straight victories against Eastern Michigan on December 1, the Irish broke the 30-plus year record with its win over Northern Illinois on December 8. The Irish have not lost at the Joyce Center since February 25, 2006 with an 80-72 loss to Marquette.
  • Following the matchup with the Bears, Notre Dame will be in action less than 48 hours after its contest against Brown when it plays host to North Florida on December 31 at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Irish open up BIG EAST play with home games against West Virginia (January 3) and Connecticut (January 5).
  • Notre Dame’s first BIG EAST road test will be on Saturday, January 12 when it travels to Milwaukee, Wis., to face Marquette.

Series Record vs. Brown

  • Tonight’s game will be just the second matchup ever between the two schools as Brown makes its second appearance at the Joyce Center. The only meeting took place on January 30, 1979 with the Irish earning an 80-53 victory.

Irish vs. Ivy League

  • Notre Dame is 41-4 (.911) all-time versus teams from the Ivy League. Irish teams have played Pennsylvania (22 times) more than any other Ivy school. Now That’s Something To Talk About
  • Notre Dame’s current record-setting 26-game home win streak current spans three seasons – the final two games played during the 2005-06 campaign, the entire 2006-07 season and six games in 2007-08. Here’s a look at the dominance of the Irish during its present win streak:
Notre Dame Opponents
FG Percentage 747-1515 (.493) 608-1550 (.392)
3-FG Percentage 230-558 (.412) 164-485 (.338)
Points/Avg. 2,207 (84.8 ppg.) 1,655 (63.6 ppg.)
Margin of Victory +552 points (+21.2)
Notes: Notre Dame has shot .500 or better in 14 of 26 games
Notre Dame opponents have shot .500 or better in 3 of 26 games
19 wins by 10-plus points
11 win by 20-plus points
7 wins by 30-plus points
5 wins by 40-plus points
1 win by 50-plus points

Hot Stuff

  • Since returning from the three games in the Virgin Islands where Notre Dame shot 33.9 percent against Baylor and 40.7 percent versus Georgia Tech in its final two games, Notre Dame has shot 182-358 (.508) from the field and 56-122 (.459) from three-point range. Against Northern Illinois, the Irish connected on a season-best 62.1 percent (36-58) from the field and a season-high 56.0 percent (14-25) from three-point range.

Valuing The Basketball

  • In its two wins over Colgate and Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame committed just eight and nine turnovers, respectively, marking the only time this season that the Irish had fewer than 10 turnovers in back-to-back contests. Two of the strengths of Notre Dame basketball teams under head coach Mike Brey have been distributing and taking care of the basketball. The Irish are averaging 19.6 assists per game and 12.9 turnovers for a 1.5 assists-to-turnover ratio. Double The Pleasure
  • Luke Harangody has posted three consecutive double-doubles for the first time in his career in each of the last three outings and in four of the last six games. He had 19 points and a career-high 14 boards against Kansas State, netted 14 points and grabbed 12 boards versus Northern Illinois and finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds against San Francisco. The last player to record three straight double-doubles was Ryan Humphrey in 2001-02 as he ended the campaign with nine consecutive double-double efforts.

Record-Setting Home Performance

  • Notre Dame put an exclamation point on its record-setting 25th consecutive win at the Joyce Center on December 8. In the 108-62 win over Northern Illinois, the 108 points were the most points scored by the Irish under head coach Mike Brey in a regulation games (ND scored 116 vs. Georgetown in a four overtime contest in 2002), while the 46-point margin of victory was the third-largest during the Brey era. In addition, Notre Dame shot a blistering 72.0 percent from the field in the first half which marked the best shooting performance by an Irish team in the first half under Brey. The Irish also owned a 52-27 advantage on the boards.

McAlarney Shines On The Big Stage

  • Staten Island native Kyle McAlarney made his return to New York City and Madison Square Garden a happy one on December 4 as he led his Irish to a 68-59 victory over Kansas State. McAlarney finished with 18 points in the contest on 6-13 shooting from the field (2-5 from three-point range). He scored 14 points in the second, including nine straight in the final 2:10 of the contest.

McAlarney nailed a three-pointer with 1:30 to play and converted four key free throws down the stretch.

Unstoppable Luke

  • Luke Harangody leads the Irish in scoring and rebounding averaging 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. Harangody had a career outing in Notre Dame’s 87-75 win against Youngstown State as he netted a personal best 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Harangody was 12-17 from the field in addition to dishing off four assists in 27 minutes. In the last eight games, the 6-8 forward has been averaging 19.3 points and 10.3 boards. Harangody netted 20-plus points in three consecutive outings for the first time in his career against Baylor (22 points), Georgia Tech (22 points) and Youngstown State (25 points) and had back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career versus Yellow Jackets (22 points, 11 rebounds) and the Penguins. In the win over Eastern Michigan, he finished with 18 points and seven rebounds and then recorded his third double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 14 boards versus Kansas State. Harangody notched his fourth double-double in six games in the win over Northern Illinois as he finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds before picking up his sixth double-double against San Francisco with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Twenty Something

  • Luke Harangody’s string of three consecutive games with 20-plus points ended against Colgate when he finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Prior to that game, he had registered 20-plus points in three consecutive games – Baylor (22), Georgia Tech (22) and Youngstown State (25) for the first time in his career.
  • Kyle McAlarney also had a three-game 20-plus point outing streak of his own that came to end against Kansas State. McAlarney registered his first 20-point outing of the season against Youngstown State when he tallied 23 points (a then career best). He followed that up with another career-high outing for the second time in as many games when tallied 25 points versus Colgate. In the Eastern Michigan outing, McAlarney led the Irish for the second straight game with a 21-point performance.
  • The last Irish player to score 20-plus points in three consecutive outings was Russell Carter during the 2006-07 campaign when he netted 27 against Alabama, 21 versus Elon and 28 against Portland.
  • The last Irish player to net 20-plus points in four consecutive outings was Chris Thomas in 2003-04 (his junior year) versus Pittsburgh (23 points), Connecticut (31 points), Seton Hall (26 points) and Syracuse (25 points).

McAlarney Finds The Range

  • Since returning from St. Thomas, USVI, no Irish player is playing better than Kyle McAlarney. In the last six games, the Irish junior guard is averaging 19.7 points (118 points) and 2.8 assists.

He has shot 37-68 (.544) percent from the field and 26-47 (.553) from three-point range. In back-to-back wins over Youngstown State and Colgate, McAlarney recorded back-to-back career-highs. In the 87-75 victory over the Penguins, he connected on 6-13 shots from the field and was 5-10 from three-points en route to a then personal best 23-point performance. He followed that up with a career-high 25-point effort against Colgate in the 94-63 win as he connected on 8-12 shots from the field and was 7-10 from three-point range and then was 8-10 from the field and 5-7 from beyond the stripe in the victory over Eastern Michigan and connected on 6-10 from the field and 5-9 from beyond the arc against Northern Illinois. McAlarney then added 14 points in a 84-76 win over San Francisco, adding two assists while going 2-6 from beyond the three-point arc and 6-7 from the charity stripe. His current six-game double-figure scoring streak is the longest of his career.

McAlarney was just 9-31 (.290) from the field and 5-17 (.294) from three-point range in Notre Dame’s three games at the Paradise Jam.

One Is A Lonely Number

  • Rob Kurz is the lone senior among the 14 players on this year’s Irish roster. The last time Notre Dame had only one senior on the roster was during the 1983-84 when Cecil Rucker was the only senior member of that team that consisted of four juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen. The 1988-89 Irish squad featured no seniors on that team and was comprised of five juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen.

Elite Company

  • Notre Dame joined an elite group last year when it registered its 1,600th win against Providence on February 15, 2007. In its 103rd season, Notre Dame has 1,612 victories. Only 12 other schools have reached the mark: Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John’s, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Utah and UCLA.

Eight Straight Postseason Appearances

  • Notre Dame’s appearance in last year’s NCAA tournament field marks the fourth NCAA berth for the Irish in seven years. Since 2000, Notre Dame has appeared in either the NCAA or NIT tournaments each of the last eight years. The Irish played in the 2000 NIT and then earned consecutive NCAA tournament berths – 2001, ’02, ’03 – followed by NIT appearances in ’04, ’05 and ’06. This current postseason streak matches the longest stretch since making eight straight from 1983-90 (NIT in 1983 and ’84 and NCAA from 1985-90).

Four 20-Win Seasons Under His Belt

  • Notre Dame’s 24-8 campaign a year ago marked the fourth time in seven seasons under head coach Mike Brey that the Irish won 20-plus games. The 24 wins also equaled the most for Notre Dame during the Brey era. Notre Dame’s 20-win campaigns under Brey have been in 2000-01 (20-10), 2001-02 (22-11) and 2002-03 (24-10). In the 102-year history of the program, Notre Dame teams have won 20 or more games on 31 occasions.

“D” The Key Against Monmouth

  • En route to its 76-33 victory over Monmouth on November 16, Notre Dame held the Hawks without a point in the final 10:31 of the contest and outscored Monmouth 23-0 down the stretch. In fact, the Irish held the Hawks to just eight points in the second half and just 11 points overall in the final 24:52 of the contest. Notre Dame also limited Monmouth to just nine field goal attempts (all misses) in the final 8:17 of the game.

Monmouth Notables

  • The 33 points allowed by Notre Dame were the fewest ever under head coach Mike Brey and the eight points in the second half were the fewest ever by an Irish team in a half since the inception of the three-point shot.
  • The 33 points allowed were also the fewest given up by a Notre Dame team since January 4, 1950 in a 54-33 win at home against Butler. It also marked the fewest points scored by an Irish opponent in a road or neutral site game since Kentucky’s 34-28 win over the Irish on December 29, 1981 in Louisville, Ky.
  • The 43-point margin of victory was the matched the seventh-highest for an Irish team under Mike Brey.

Defense Shines In First Two Games …

  • While offense has always been a staple under head coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame’s defense keyed Notre Dame’s first two wins. The Irish allowed just 41.5 points per game and held opponents to 27.2 percent shooting from the field and 20.5 percent from three-point range. Notre Dame owned a +19.5 advantage on the boards and outscored its first two opponents a combined 82-35 in the second half.

But Defense Struggles Against Baylor And Georgia Tech

  • In Notre Dame’s last two outings, which resulted in losses to Baylor and Georgia Tech, the Irish allowed 138 points (69.0 ppg.) and allowed the Bears and Yellow Jackets to shoot a combined 51-115 (.443) from the field and 18-39 (.462) from three-point range. The Irish also were outrebounded in both contests.

Irish Offense Struggled Against Bears and Yellow Jackets

  • Notre Dame struggled on offense in its two losses versus Baylor and Georgia Tech. Against the Yellow Jackets, the Irish were just 20-59 from the field (.339) and connected on just 7-19 (.368) from three-point range. In the second half, Notre Dame was only 8-28 from the field (.286).
  • In the loss to Georgia Tech, the Irish hit on 40.7 percent of its shots (22-54) and were only 5-16 (.313) from three-point range.
  • Notre Dame averaged just 12.0 assists in the two games and turned the ball over 29 times (14.5).

Lost Leads Down The Stretch

  • In its first two wins of the season, Notre Dame never trailed in either contest. In fact, the Irish have only trailed 7:04 of a possible 400 minutes this season.
  • Against Baylor, the Irish led by as many as 14 points in the first half after jumping out to a 8-0 lead. The Bears took their first lead (61-60) of the contest with 3:15 remaining in the contest. It also marked the first time Notre Dame had trailed in a game all season long. The Irish regained the lead briefly at 62-61 with 1:33 left on the clock before the Bears closed the game with a 7-2 run to close the game.
  • In the loss to Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets grabbed a four-point lead early on, but Notre Dame’s basket at the 16:54 mark would give the Irish the advantage until the final two seconds of the contest. The Yellow Jackets trailed by nine (62-53) with 5:11 to play before outscoring Notre Dame 17-7 down the stretch.
  • In Notre Dame’s win over Youngstown State, the Irish led by 25 with 11:41 left in the game, but were outscored 31-18 in the final 11-plus minutes of the contest before holding on for the 87-75 victory.
  • In the Irish’s win over San Francicso at the Joyce Center, the Irish led by 23 points with 7:24 left in the first half, led by only 14 at halftime, before winning by only eight points.

Quietly Goes About His Business

  • Perhaps no player in the Irish lineup is as steady as Rob Kurz. The senior forward is the team’s third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder and has scored in double figures in all but three contests. He has recorded two double-doubles and had a season-high 20-point performance against Colgate on 7-10 shooting from the field. In addition, he grabbed 10 boards. Kurz is shooting 53.2 percent (42-79) from the field and 50.0 (10-20) from three-point range.

Gody A Force

  • Ten games into the 2007-08 campaign, Luke Harangody is averaging a team-leading 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds (both career bests). He has scored in double figures in nine of ten contests. He also is shooting 55.2 percent (74-134) from the field. Harangody recorded his first double-double of the season against the Yellow Jackets when he finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds and then followed that up with 25 points and 13 rebounds against Youngstown State. He registered his third double-double of the season against Kansas State as he finished with 19 points and a personal best 14 boards and finished with 14 points and 12 boards versus Northern Illinois. Harangody picked up his eighth double-double against San Francisco with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Zach Attack Off The Bench

  • As he was a year ago, junior forward Zach Hillesland has been a spark for the Irish off the bench. He is averaging 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds and has scored in double figures in two games and grabbed five or more rebounds in eight of ten contests. He recorded back-to-back double-figure scoring outings for the first time in his career against Georgia Tech (12 points) and Youngstown State (10 points). He had a season-high nine boards in the win over Kansas State. Hillesland is shooting 47.6 percent (20-42) from the field.

‘AYERS’ Ball

  • Junior Ryan Ayers is off to the best start in his career shooting 46.2 percent from the field (30-65) and 51.2 percent (21-41) from three-point range. His 8.5 points per game also marks a career best. Last year, he began the season 0-12 from the field before hitting his first field goal in the sixth game of the year. Heading into this season, he owned a 38.5 career field goal percentage and 37.5 percent mark from three-point range. Ayers netted a career-high 13 points against Monmouth and has reached double figures in three games.

Zeller Matches Career High Against Colgate

  • Luke Zeller had his second double-figure scoring outing of the season and the sixth of his career in Notre Dame’s win over Colgate on November 26. He matched his career-high with 14 points as he finished 5-8 from the field and 4-5 from three-point range in 16 minutes off the bench. In addition, Zeller grabbed four rebounds in the contest. He is averaging 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds this season.

Home Cookin’

  • Notre Dame’s 18-0 record at home last season marked just the third time since the opening of the Joyce Center in 1968-69 that an Irish team finished undefeated at home during the regular season. It also marked the most wins ever for a Notre Dame team in a single season. Only two other Notre Dame squads ever completed a season undefeated at home – the 1973-74 and 1985-86 squads both finished their campaigns with identical 15-0 records. The Irish were the only BIG EAST team to finish the season undefeated at home. Dating back to the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame has won 26 consecutive games at home following the win over San Francisco on December 22 – an active streak that is third among all Division I teams and is the longest in school history as well as the longest during Mike Brey’s tenure.
  • Notre Dame’s current streak dates back to the final two games of the 2005-06 campaign as Irish defeated DePaul (66-61) in the regular-season finale and Vanderbilt (79-69) in the first round of the NIT. Notre Dame’s last loss at home was an 80-72 setback to Marquette on February 25, 2006.
Current NCAA Division I Home Court Win Streaks:
1. BYU 38 9. Valparaiso 12
2. Memphis 36 10. Georgetown 11
3. NOTRE DAME 26 Houston 11
4. Indiana 25 San Diego State 11
5. Tennessee 23 Texas 11
6. Akron 16 Texas A&M 11
7. Mississippi 14 16. New Mexico 10
Kansas 14 Pittsburgh 10

Joyce Center Streakin’

  • Notre Dame broke the Joyce Center home win streak mark on December 8 with its 108-62 win over Northern Illinois. Here’s a look at the Joyce Center streaks: 26 – Began with a 66-61 win over DePaul on 3/4/06 (current streak) 24 – Began with a 94-68 win over Xavier on 2/3/73 and ended with a 94-84 loss to Indiana on 12/11/74 22 – Began with an 88-68 win over Pittsburgh on 1/26/77 and ended with a 69-68 overtime loss to DePaul on 2/12/78 16 – Began with a 92-70 win over Fairfield on 12/9/82 and ended with a 51-47 loss to UCLA on 12/3/83 16 – Began with an 89-76 win over West Virginia on 2/20/02 and ended with a 87-79 loss to Connecticut on 2/24/03.

What A Difference A Year Makes

  • With its 11-5 record in BIG EAST play last season, Notre Dame’s win total was five more than the 2005-06 team which finished with a 6-10 conference mark after beginning league play 1-8. Notre Dame’s 24 wins also were eight more than its total of 16 the previous season.

The Irish All-Time

  • The 2007-08 men’s basketball campaign marks the 103rd season of basketball and 13th as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. In 102-plus seasons, Irish teams have posted a 1613-887 record for a .645 winning percentage. In BIG EAST play, Notre Dame owns a 101-99 (.505) record all-time in conference regular-season play.

Always In It

  • Since the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame’s 24 losses have been by a combined 121 points for an average of 5.0 points per game. The 14 setbacks in ’05-’06 were by a total of 59 points (4.2 points). The only double-digit loss was to North Carolina State (61-47). The Irish suffered 10 BIG EAST losses during the regular season and those were by a combined 35 points (3.5).

Putting Up The Points And Winning Impressively

  • Notre Dame averaged 81.0 points per game last season, the best points per game average ever under Mike Brey. The Irish are just shy of that points per game game of a year ago as they are averaging 80.8 ppg. Notre Dame has topped 80-plus points on five occasions, 90-plus points twice and the century mark once.

Keeping It Close

  • In the 80 losses suffered by Irish teams in Mike Brey’s seven seasons, only 19 have been by 10 or more points and have been by a combined 520 for an average of 6.5 points per game. Notre Dame’s 18-point loss (66-48) to Georgetown in 2006-07 was the largest ever for an Irish team under Brey.

18-Game BIG EAST Slate

  • Notre Dame will play Connecticut, DePaul and Marquette twice as part of its 2007-08 18-game BIG EAST men’s basketball conference slate. The league is employing an 18-game schedule this year with all teams playing each other at least once and three opponents twice (home and away). The BIG EAST utilized the 16-game slate since the 1999-00 campaign and has not played an 18-game conference schedule since 1998-99 when the league had 13 members. The format was used for eight years from 1991-99.

BIG EAST Formula For Success Under Brey

  • Since his arrival at Notre Dame, Mike Brey has led Notre Dame to a 66-46 (.589) record in BIG EAST regular-season games and a 3-7 mark in tournament play for an overall record of 69-53 (.566) against league foes. In Brey’s first season, the Irish posted their first-ever winning record in BIG EAST play and won the BIG EAST West Division title with an 11-5 mark. Prior to Brey’s arrival at Notre Dame, Irish teams had a 35-53 (.398) regular-season record since joining the league in 1995-96.

280 And Counting

  • Heading into today’s game against Brown, Notre Dame has hit at least one three-pointer in 280 straight games, a mark that dates back to the 1998-99 campaign. The last time an Irish team failed to hit a three-pointer was a 101-70 loss to Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center on Jan. 12, 1999 as Notre Dame finished 0-7 from beyond the arc in the game. The 2005-06 Irish squad set the single-season record with 288 three-pointers and fell just one field goal short of that mark (287) in 2006-07.

Home Sweet Home

  • Since the inaugural season in 1968-69 at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame owns a 480-141 record all-time for a .773 winning percentage. The Irish are 95-27 (.779) at the Joyce Center during Mike Brey’s seven-plus seasons, and since the 1996-97 campaign, they own a 141-43 mark for a .766 winning percentage. Notre Dame’s 18 wins at home last season marked the ninth time in 10 years that the Irish won 10 or more home games. The Irish played their 600th game at the Joyce Center on Nov. 27, 2006 versus Lehigh.

Over The Century Mark

  • Notre Dame topped the 100-point mark for the first time in 2007-08 against Northern Illinois with a 108-62 victory against the Huskies. It marked the ninth time during head coach Mike Brey’s tenure that the Irish have reached the 100-point mark.

Road Warriors

  • In Mike Brey’s seven-plus seasons, his Irish teams have compiled a road record of 55-53 (.509) that includes a 35-36 (.492) in true road games and a 20-17 mark (.541) in neutral site contests.

Team Basketball

  • Under Irish head coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame always has done a good job of distributing the basketball and shown great unselfishness as a team. That was again evident against Long Island in the season opener when the Irish dished off 28 assists on 35 baskets (a 0.8 assists-to-basket ratio). Notre Dame also enjoyed a strong assist-to-basket ratio versus Youngstown State (24 assists and 32 baskets), Colgate (25 assists on 32 baskets) and Northern Illinois (27 assists on 36 baskets) Through ten games, the Irish are averaging 19.6 assists per game and have dished off 196 assists on 288 baskets for a .68 assist-to-basket ratio.

Zeller Down Under

  • For the second straight summer in 2007, forward Luke Zeller played with Athletes In Action, joining them this year for an eight-game Australian tour. During the exhibition tour, he averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds and scored in double figures in five of those contests. The previous year, he traveled to Taipei City, Taiwan and was a member of the AIA squad that captured the gold medal at the 2006 William Jones Cup.


  • The Kurz family name is family in BIG EAST circles this season. Rob Kurz’ younger sister, Laura, is a member of the Villanova women’s basketball team. She played for two years (2004-06) at Duke before tranferring to Villanova. After sitting out last season, the junior forward is posting identical numbers as her older brother Rob. Rob is currently the third-leading scorer for the Irish (13.2 ppg.) and second-leading rebounder (6.9), while Laura is the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer (15.2 ppg.) and top rebounder (7.4).

A New Addition To The Irish Basketball Family

  • Assistant coach Rod Balanis and his wife Liz welcomed their second son, Lukas Lowell, into their family on Tues., November 27 at 11:43 a.m. joining older brother Andrew George (now two years old). The baby was delivered just over 14 hours after the Irish had beaten Colgate 94-63 on Monday night.

Paradise Jam Recap

  • Notre Dame finished fifth at the Paradise Jam in the eight-team field and Luke Harangody was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds.
  • The Irish opened up tournament play with an impressive 76-33 victory over Monmouth as Notre Dame shot 50.9 percent from the field and limited the Hawks to just 26.5 percent (13-49). Notre Dame also held a 46-18 advantage on the boards. Rob Kurz led all scorers with 15 points, while Kyle McAlarney and Ryan Ayers each added 13. Ayers’ 13 points marked a career-high as he connected on 5-6 shots from the field and was 3-4 from three-point range.
  • Luke Harangody scored a game-high and matched his then-career-high with a 22-point effort against Baylor as he finished 9-14 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. The only other Irish player in double figures was Rob Kurz as he finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Notre Dame shot just 28.6 percent in the second half and 33.9 percent for the contest, while the Bears connected on 41.4 percent.
  • Notre Dame led for all but the first three minutes of the game and the final two seconds when Georgia Tech’s three-pointer lifted the Yellow Jackets to the win. Luke Harangody notched the fifth 20-plus point outing of his career and matched his thenpersonal best for the second time in as many nights as he finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Harangody was one of four Irish players in double figures. Rob Kurz finished with 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Zach Hillesland added 12 points and Tory Jackson finished with 10 points as he netted double figures for the first time in four outings. Notre Dame shot 40.7 percent from the field, but allowed Georgia Tech to connect on 47.4 percent for the game and 58.8 percent (10-17) from three-point range.