Feb. 27, 2012
– Tonight was the 28th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Georgetown. The Hoyas lead the series 15- 13. Prior to tonight Notre Dame had won the previous three showdowns against Georgetown.
– Eric Atkins (So./G), Pat Connaughton (Fr./G), Jack Cooley (Jr./F), Jerian Grant (So./G) and Scott Martin (Sr./G) started tonight’s contest. It was the 11th straight game – and 11th time overall this season – that quintet has started. The Irish are 9-2 with that starting lineup. Grant and Martin both have a team-high 29 starts this season.
– Notre Dame’s 41 points tied the fewest of the Mike Brey era (12 seasons). The Irish also scored 41 in a 61- 41 loss to Washington State in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Tonight’s point total was the lowest ever for the Irish in a BIG EAST contest (regular season or tournament). The previous low was 48 in a 66-48 setback at Georgetown on Jan. 6, 2007.
– The Fighting Irish were 3-for-17 (17.6%) from three-point range. The three made treys were a season-low in a BIG EAST game for the Irish.
– Notre Dame trailed 28-18 at halftime. The Irish are 5-9 this season when trailing at the intermission.
– Notre Dame’s 18 first-half points were the fewest for the Irish in any half of play this season. The previous low was 19 in the first half of the Seton Hall contest (Jan. 25).
– Notre Dame’s 23 rebounds matched a season-low total. The Irish also had 23 boards versus Georgia (Nov. 22).
– Georgetown shot 52.3% (23-44) from the field. That is the first time this season a BIG EAST opponent has shot above 47% from the field against the Irish.
– The Fighting Irish are 5-5 against ranked opponents this season.
– Notre Dame is 15-1 at home, 5-5 in true road games and 0-4 in neutral site contests this season.
– An Eric Atkins three-pointer in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 438.
Pat Connaughton (Fr./G-F)
– Matched a career-high total with a game-high 11 rebounds … he also pulled down 11 boards against Marquette (Feb. 4) … this was the third time this season that he led the Irish in rebounds