Jan. 15, 2014
Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Maryland 74, Notre Dame 66
January 15, 2014
Comcast Center – College Park, Md.
– Tonight was the 20th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Maryland and the first since a 78-71 Terrapin victory on Dec. 4, 2011, in Washington, D.C. … the series is tied 10-10 … the Fighting Irish are 2-2 against Maryland under head coach Mike Brey … this was Notre Dame’s first visit to College Park since Dec. 31, 1986 (a 63-50 Irish win) … the Fighting Irish are 3-5 all-time at Maryland.
– Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Demetrius Jackson (Fr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started tonight’s contest … this was Notre Dame’s sixth different starting lineup this season … Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 17 games this season … Jackson has started 12 games, while it was the first career start for Vasturia.
– With Demetrius Jackson and Steve Vasturia starting tonight’s game, it marked the first time Notre Dame has started two true freshmen in the same contest since March 16, 2007, when rookies Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson were in the starting lineup in a 74-64 loss to Winthrop in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
– Notre Dame led 34-25 at halftime … the Irish are 8-1 this season when leading at the intermission.
– Maryland’s largest lead of the contest was 11 points (66-55) with 2:21 remaining in the second half … Notre Dame’s largest lead of the game was 12 points (26-14) with 8:26 left in the first half.
– Notre Dame committed a season-high 17 turnovers.
– The Fighting Irish wore black uniforms for the first time this season … Notre Dame is 13-15 all-time when wearing black, including a 3-2 mark last season.
– This is Notre Dame’s first three-game losing streak since the 2009-10 season (Seton Hall, St. John’s, Louisville).
– A three-pointer from Eric Atkins in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 494.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
– Scored in double-figures (11 points) for the sixth straight game, which is a season-best streak … has reached double-figures 13 times this season and 62 times during his career.
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
– Scored in double-figures (a game-high 19 points) for the fourth straight game and the 14th time this season (37th time of his career). – Scored 15 points in the first half.
Garrick Sherman (Sr./C)
– Tallied 18 points to up his career-best double-figure scoring streak to 14 games, which is the longest streak for the Irish since Jack Cooley scored in double-figures in 14 straight games last season … has scored in double-figures in 15 games this season and 25 times in his career (24 at Notre Dame). – Shot 9-of-12 from the floor.