Jan. 15, 2013

Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Photo Gallery

  • Notre Dame moved to 14-3 overall and 2-2 in BIG EAST play this season
  • Tonight was the 39th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and St. John’s … the Irish own a 20-19 edge in the series … the Red Storm have won the last three games in the series … Notre Dame has lost its last five games against St. John’s inside Madison Square Garden … the Irish are 56-47 all-time inside Madison Square Garden (5-8 vs. St. John’s)
  • Junior point guard Eric Atkins scored a season-high 21 points … he is the fifth Notre Dame player to score 20 or more points in a game this season (Jack Cooley, Jerian Grant, Scott Martin and Garrick Sherman are the others)
  • Notre Dame made a season-low one three-pointer (on nine attempts)
  • Notre Dame was 14-for-17 (82.4%) from the free throw line … it was the third time this season (first in BIG EAST play) that the Irish shot 80% or above from the charity stripe
  • St. John’s held a 36-32 rebound advantage … the Irish are 2-3 this season when being outrebounded
  • Notre Dame trailed 32-31 at halftime … the Irish are 1-2 this season when behind at the intermission
  • Notre Dame was 0-for-5 from three-point range in the first half … it’s just the third time the Irish have failed to make a three pointer in the first half of a BIG EAST game … the other occurrences were on Jan. 7, 2004 (at West Virginia) and Jan. 12, 1999 (at Connecticut)
  • Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Jerian Grant (Jr./G) and Scott Martin (GS/G) started today’s contest … the Irish are 12-3 this season with that starting lineup and 23-7 over the past two campaigns … Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 17 games this season, while Grant and Martin have 16 starts each
  • A three-pointer from Pat Connaughton in the second half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 459

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)

  • Scored a season-high 21 points … his previous season high was 18, which came on Saturday versus Connecticut … tonight was his fourth career game with 20 or more points … has scored in double-figures in the last five games and 12 times overall this season … the five-game double-figure scoring streak matches a career best that he achieved earlier this season … has 40 career double-figure scoring efforts
  • Was 7-for-9 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line
  • Had a career-high six steals

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)

  • Scored in double-figures (10 points) for a team-best 16th time this season and for the 39th time in his career … has reached double-figures in points in 12 straight games, which is a career-best streak and a team-best streak this season

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)

  • Scored 14 points … has reached double-figures in points in each of the last six games and 14 times overall this season (40 times in career)
  • Was 4-for-4 from the free throw line … has made his last 16 free throw attempts

Tom Knight (Sr./F)

  • Scored a season-high six points