Feb. 13, 2013

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Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
#21/21 Notre Dame 82, DePaul 78 (OT)
February 13, 2013
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center o Notre Dame, Ind.

o Notre Dame improved to 20-5 overall and 8-4 in BIG EAST play this season … the Fighting Irish are 15-2 at home this season

o The Fighting Irish have clinched their seventh straight 20-win season … it’s the first time in program history Notre Dame has compiled seven consecutive 20-win campaigns … the Irish have reached the 20-win plateau 10 times in 13 seasons under head coach Mike Brey

o Notre Dame has played consecutive overtime games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season (Vanderbilt & Indiana) … this is the first time the Irish have ever played two straight overtime contests in BIG EAST play … Notre Dame is 3-1 in overtime this season … the Irish are 9-2 in their last 11 overtime contests … Notre Dame is 13-9 in overtime under head coach Mike Brey

o Tonight was the 104th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and DePaul and the second encounter in a 12-day span (the Irish won at DePaul 79-71 in overtime on Feb. 2) … the Fighting Irish have won the last nine meetings and lead the series 60-44 … the nine straight victories matches the longest win streak for either team in the series (Notre Dame also won nine straight between the 1967-68 and 1973-74 seasons) … the Irish are 10-2 against the Blue Demons since DePaul joined the BIG EAST in 2005 … Notre Dame is 37-14 all-time at home versus DePaul

o Notre Dame shot 50% (28-56) from the field … the Irish are 11-0 this season when shooting 50% or above from the floor

o The Fighting Irish had 21 assists on their 28 made field goals … Notre Dame has had 20 or more assists in 11 games this season (four times in BIG EAST play)

o The Irish held a 44-25 rebound advantage … Notre Dame is 14-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent

o Notre Dame led 43-32 at halftime … the Irish are 17-1 this season when leading at the intermission … Notre Dame’s 43 first-half points were the most since a 44-point first-half performance against Seton Hall in the BIG EAST opener (Jan. 5)

o Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Jerian Grant (Jr./G) and Tom Knight (Sr./F) started tonight’s contest … it was the sixth straight game – and sixth time overall this season – that quintet has started … the Irish are 5-1 with that starting lineup … Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 25 games this season, while Grant has 24 starts and Knight has started six games

o Notre Dame is 50-3 in its last 53 home games … the Irish are 24-3 in their last 27 BIG EAST home contests

o Notre Dame wore gold jerseys for the fourth time this season (third straight home game) … the Irish have won all four of those games

o A three-pointer from Eric Atkins in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 467

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)
o Scored in double-figures (13) for the 17th time this season (ninth time in BIG EAST play) … has 45 career double-figure efforts
o Had nine assists

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)
o Posted his fifth straight double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds … the five straight double-doubles is a career-best streak … has 17 double-doubles this season (eight in BIG EAST play) and 30 for his career
o Scored in double-figures for a team-best 23rd time this season (46th time of career) … has reached double-figures in 11 of 12 BIG EAST games this season
o Has hauled down 10 or more rebounds in a career best eight straight games and 18 times over all this season (33 times in his career)

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)
o Netted a team-high 21 points … it was his second game this season with 20 or more points (first in BIG EAST play) … he has six career games with 20 or more points
o Scored in double-figures for the seventh straight game and for the 21st time this season (47th time of his career) … has reached double-figures in 11 of 12 BIG EAST games this season
o Had nine assists