Jan. 5, 2015

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TEAM

  • Notre Dame (15-1) has 15 wins in its first 16 games of a season for the first time since the 1973-74 campaign when that Irish squad started 24-1 … the 15 victories equals Notre Dame’s win total from last season.
  • The Fighting Irish are 3-0 in conference play (BIG EAST & ACC) for the first time ever.
  • Notre Dame upped its win streak to 11 games, which is the longest for the Irish since they won 12 straight during the 2012-13 season (Nov. 17, 2012-Jan. 7, 2013).
  • Tonight was the 23rd meeting all-time between Notre Dame and North Carolina and the third as ACC counterparts … this was Notre Dame’s first win in Chapel Hill … the Irish now are 1-3 all-time at North Carolina … the Tar Heels had won five straight versus the Irish prior to tonight … this was Notre Dame’s first win over North Carolina since Jan. 11, 1992 (88-76 at Madison Square Garden) … North Carolina leads the series 18-5 … this was the first time the Irish were the higher ranked team in the matchup.
  • Notre Dame improved to 14-12 in one-point games under head coach Mike Brey.
  • The Fighting Irish are 2-0 versus ranked teams this season (Michigan State) and 51-73 under Mike Brey.
  • Notre Dame was 10-of-23 from three-point range … it was the fifth time this season (third time in the last four games) the Irish made 10 or more three-pointers in a contest.
  • The Fighting Irish shot 46.0% (23-50) from the field … it was just the second time this season Notre Dame did not shoot at least 50% from the floor.
  • North Carolina shot 36.9% (24-65) from the floor … it marked the 10th time this season the Irish held their opponent under 40% from the field.
  • The Irish tied a season-high mark with seven blocked shots.
  • Notre Dame’s 71 points were a season low (previous low 74 versus Providence).
  • Notre Dame only committed eight turnovers … it signified the ninth time this season the Irish had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game.
  • Notre Dame led 38-34 at halftime … the Irish are 14-0 this season when leading at the intermission.
  • Demetrius Jackson (So./G), Jerian Grant (Sr./G), Steve Vasturia (So./G), Pat Connaughton (Sr./G-F) and Zach Auguste (Jr./F) started tonight’s contest … that quintet has started all 16 games this season.
  • A three-pointer from Pat Connaughton early in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 525.

INDIVIDUAL
Zach Auguste (Jr./F)

  • Extended his career-best double-figure scoring streak to eight games with a game-high 18 points … his eight-game double-digit scoring streak is the longest active streak on the team … has scored in double-figures 14 times this season and 25 times during his career.
  • Was 6-of-6 from the free throw line … the six made free throws tied a career-high mark.

Pat Connaughton (Sr./G-F)

  • Scored in double-figures (16 points) for the 13th time this season and the 61st time of his career … he has reached double-figures in each of the last five games.
  • Connected on a game-best four three-pointers (on seven attempts).
  • Played a game-high 39 minutes after playing all 50 minutes of Saturday’s double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech.
  • Pulled down a game-best nine rebounds.
  • Tied a career-high with three blocked shots, which were a game-high mark … the three blocks are the most for any Irish player this season.
  • Made his 98th consecutive start … he has played in all 117 games during his Notre Dame career (101 starts).

Jerian Grant (Sr./G)

  • Finished with eight points … had his team-best 17-game double-figure scoring streak snapped.
  • Dished out a game-high eight assists.
  • Was 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
  • Fouled out for the second time of his career.

Demetrius Jackson (So./G)

  • Netted 15 points … has scored in double-figures in each of the last seven games, which is a career-best streak … it was the 14th time this season and the 21st time of his career that he’s scored in double-figures.
  • Had a game-high two steals.
  • Registered four assists and did not commit a turnover in 32 minutes on the court.