Dec. 21, 2012

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Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center – Notre Dame, Ind.

  • Notre Dame improved to 12-1 this season (10-0 at home) … the Fighting Irish have a 10-game win streak … it’s the longest win streak for the Irish since they won 10 straight games during the 2007-08 season (Nov. 24-Jan. 5) … this is the third win streak of at least 10 games under head coach Mike Brey
  • Notre Dame is 110-7 in its last 117 home games and 45-1 in the last 46 home contests … the Irish have won 16 straight home games
  • The Fighting Irish have won 28 consecutive non-conference home games and they are 69-1 in their last 70 non-league home contests
  • Notre Dame improved to 3-0 all-time against Niagara
  • The Fighting Irish are 48-7 all-time versus teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) … Notre Dame has won 11 straight games against teams from the MAAC
  • Notre Dame shot a season-best 62.0% (31-50) from the floor … the previous season-high was 61.5% (32-52) on Wednesday against Kennesaw State … it was the third time this season the Irish shot above 60% from the field (61% vs. Chicago State) … tonight’s performance was the highest shooting percentage for the Irish since a 62.1% (36-58) effort in a 108-62 win over Northern Illinois on Dec. 8, 2007
  • The Irish shot 75.0% (18-24) from the field in the second half … that is their best percentage in any half this season
  • The Fighting Irish shot 86.4% (19-22) from the free throw line … the Irish are 32-37 (86.5%) from the line in the last two games
  • The Irish held a 41-29 rebound advantage … Notre Dame is 11-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent
  • Notre Dame had 25 assists on its 31 made field goals … it was the seventh time this season (third straight) that the Irish had 20 or more assists in a game
  • The Irish led 42-34 at halftime … Notre Dame is 11-0 this season when leading at the intermission
  • The Fighting Irish improved to 54-7 at home in the month of December under head coach Mike Brey … Notre Dame has won 15 straight home games in December

Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Jerian Grant (Jr./G) and Scott Martin (GS/G) started tonight’s contest … the Irish are 10-1 this season with that starting lineup and 21-5 over the past two campaigns … Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 13 games this season, while Grant and Martin have 12 starts each

  • A three-pointer from Cameron Biedscheid in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 455

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (12) for the eighth time this season and for the 36th time of his career

Cameron Biedscheid (Fr./F)

  • Reached double-figures in points (15) for the fourth time this season
  • Was 4-for-4 from the field (all three-pointers) … the four made three-pointers tied a career-high total and tied the most for any Irish player this season

Pat Connaughton (So./G)

  • Tallied eight points, nine rebounds and six assists

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)

  • Notched his ninth double-double of the season (second straight) with 24 points and 15 rebounds (both season-high totals)
  • Had a double-double in the first half alone with 20 points and 10 rebounds … It was the second time this season he posted a double-double by halftime (BYU 12 pts, 10 rebs)
  • Has a double-double in six of the last eight games … 22 career double-doubles
  • Scored in double-figures for the 12th time this season and for the 35th time in his career … has reached double-figures in points in eight straight games, which is a career-best streak
  • Was 9-for-12 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line … is 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the last two games

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (13) for the second straight game and for the 10th time this season (36th time of his career)
  • Eight assists