Jan. 14, 2015

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Postgame Notes


  • This was the 12th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Georgia Tech and the fourth as ACC rivals … the Yellow Jackets lead the series 7-5, but the Irish have won the last three matchups … it was the second encounter of the season … the Fighting Irish topped the Yellow Jackets 83-76 in double-overtime on Jan. 3 inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center … this was Notre Dame’s first-ever win at Georgia Tech (1-4).
  • Notre Dame has won its first two conference road games for the first time since the 2004-05 season (Seton Hall & West Virginia) … it’s the third time under head coach Mike Brey that the Fighting Irish have started conference road play 2-0 (2001-02 & 2004-05).
  • Notre Dame’s 16-2 record matches the best 18-game start for the Fighting Irish since they also began 16-2 during the 1978-79 season.
  • The Fighting Irish are 4-1 in conference play for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
  • Notre Dame improved to 44-43 under head coach Mike Brey in games decided by three points or fewer.
  • Notre Dame had five players score in double-figures (Grant 12, Vasturia 11, Connaughton 10, Colson 10, Beachem 10) … this was the sixth time this season the Irish had at least five players score in double-figures … Bonzie Colson became the ninth different Notre Dame player to score in double-figures this season.
  • The Fighting Irish had an assist on 16 of their 20 made field goals.
  • The Irish only committed nine turnovers … it signified the 11th time this season (third straight contest) Notre Dame had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game.
  • Notre Dame trailed 38-30 at halftime … the eight-point halftime deficit was Notre Dame’s largest of the season … the Irish are 2-1 this season when down at the intermission … the eight-point halftime deficit was the largest overcome by the Irish en route to a victory since they came back from a 16-point margin (39-23) in a 74-70 overtime win at Villanova on Feb. 18, 2012.
  • Georgia Tech shot 53.6% (15-28) in the first half, but Notre Dame limited the Yellow Jackets to just 26.1% (6-23) in the second half … that’s the lowest second-half percentage ever for an Irish opponent in an ACC contest.
  • Georgia Tech’s 59 points were the fewest ever allowed by Notre Dame in an ACC game.
  • Demetrius Jackson (So./G), Jerian Grant (Sr./G), Steve Vasturia (So./G), Pat Connaughton (Sr./G-F) and Martinas Geben (Fr./F) started tonight’s contest … this was just the second different starting lineup of the season for Notre Dame … it was the first career start for Geben, while Jackson, Grant, Vasturia and Connaughton have started every game this season.
  • A three-pointer from V.J. Beachem early in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 527.


V.J. Beachem (So./F)

  • Scored in double-figures (10 points) for the second straight game … it’s the second time of his career that he’s reached double-digits in consecutive contests … has netted double-figures five times this season (two ACC games) and seven times during his career.
  • Was 3-of-5 from three-point range … is 9-of-15 from beyond the three-point arc in the last three games.

Bonzie Colson (Fr./F)

  • Scored a career-high 10 points … previous high was seven against Binghamton in the season opener.
  • Was 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
  • Played a career-best 22 minutes.

Pat Connaughton (Sr./G-F)

  • Scored in double-figures (10 points) for the 15th time this season (fourth ACC game) and the 63rd time of his career … he has reached double-figures in each of the last seven games, which ties a career-best streak and is the longest active streak for the Irish.
  • Tied a season-high mark with five made free throws (on five attempts).
  • Became the third player in program history to make his 100th consecutive start (Chris Thomas 128, Pat Garrity 111 the others) … it was his 103rd career start overall … has played in all 119 games during his Notre Dame career.

Jerian Grant (Sr./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (team-high 12 points) for the 16th time this season (third time in an ACC game) … has 81 career double-digit efforts.
  • Dished out a game-best six assists.

Demetrius Jackson (So./G)

  • Had his career-best eight-game double-figure scoring streak snapped (9 points).
  • Matched a career-high mark with eight rebounds, which were a team-high total for the game.
  • Handed out five assists and committed just one turnover … has only one turnover in the last three games.

Steve Vasturia (So./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (11 points) for the eighth time this season (second time in an ACC game) and the 12th time of his career.