Dec. 22, 2010

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2010-11 Notre Dame Men’s Basketball
Notre Dame 93, UMBC 53
December 22, 2010
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center – Notre Dame, Ind.

Post-Game Notes

– Today was the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and UMBC. However, it marked Notre Dame’s third game this season against a team from the America East Conference. The Fighting Irish already had topped Maine 97-72 (Nov. 22) and Stony Brook 88-62 (Dec. 19).

– Seniors Tyrone Nash (F), Tim Abromaitis (F), Carleton Scott (F), Ben Hansbrough (G) and Scott Martin (G) started today’s contest. It marked the 11th time (out of 12 games) this season that quintet has started. The only game they did not start was versus Chicago State (Nov. 17) when Martin was out with back spasms.

– Senior forward Tyrone Nash extended his consecutive games played streak to a team-best 62 contests. Nash and senior guard Ben Hansbrough both have started 47 straight contests, which is a team-high total.

– Notre Dame is off to an 11-1 start for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. That Irish squad opened the season with a 13-1 record. That also was the only other time during Notre Dame’s BIG EAST era that the Irish suffered just one regular-season non-conference loss.

– The Irish eclipsed the 90-point mark for the fourth time this season and for the first time since a 97-72 win over Maine on Nov. 22. Notre Dame’s 48 first-half points marked the eighth time this season the Irish have netted 40-plus points in the first half of play.

– Notre Dame went 10-29 from three-point range. That marked the fifth time this season the Irish have hit 10-plus treys in a game.

– Tonight was Notre Dame’s second 40-point win of the season. The Irish topped Chicago State 102-62 on Nov. 17

Carleton Scott had made 12 consecutive field goal attempts prior to his miss at the 10:23 mark of the first half. His last miss before that came with 4:59 left in the first half against Gonzaga (Dec. 11). Scott was a perfect 8 for 8 versus Stony Brook on Sunday. The string of 12 straight field goals included six three-pointers.

– With his 12 points, Carleton Scott now has scored in double figures in the past 10 games, which is the longest double-digit scoring streak for the Irish this season. It also is a career-best streak for Scott. He has reached double-digits 14 times in his career.

Carleton Scott dished out a career-high six assists. His previous high was five against Stony Brook on Sunday.

Carleton Scott’s three-pointer just over five minutes into the contest extended Notre Dame’s streak to 386 straight games with a made three-pointer. The Fighting Irish have made at least one three pointer during every game of the Mike Brey era.

– With his 21 points, Tim Abromaitis reached double-figures in points for the 10th time this season and 38th time in his career. He has scored 20-plus points six times this season, including in each of the past three games, and 15 times in his career. This is the second time this season (and in his career) that Abromaitis has scored 20-plus points in three straight contests.

Tim Abromaitis (21 pts., 11 rebs.) registered his second double-double of the season and the third of his career. His other double-double this season came against Chicago State (21 pts., 10 rebs.). The 11 rebounds on Wednesday matched a career-high total. He also hauled down 11 boards earlier this season versus California (Nov. 26).

Ben Hansbrough (10 points) has scored in double-figures a team-best 11 times this season, including in each of the past six games. He has reached double-digits 60 times in his career (34 times while at Notre Dame).

Scott Martin matched a season-high total with 15 points. He’s deposited 15 points on two other occasions this season (Maine on Nov. 22; Indiana State on Nov. 30). It was the fourth time this season (and 17th of his career) that he’s reached double-digits in points.

Scott Martin hit a career-high three three-pointers (on five attempts). His previous high was two on eight occasions.