Jan. 16, 2016

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Notre Dame 95 (12-5, 3-2) vs. No. 9/6 Duke 91 (14-4, 3-2)
January 16, 2016
Cameron Indoor Stadium – Durham, North Carolina


  • The meeting was the 26th between the Irish and Blue Devils. Duke holds a 20-6 advantage in the series; however, Notre Dame has won four of the last five games between the pair.
  • Notre Dame secured its first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Irish were previously 0-7.
  • First meeting: Feb. 20, 1965 at Chicago Stadium, a 101-88 Duke victory


  • Notre Dame is 23-18 in ACC regular-season play after two-plus seasons in the conference.
  • Steve Vasturia (Jr./G), Zach Auguste (Sr./F), Demetrius Jackson (Jr./G), V.J. Beachem (Jr./F) and Matt Ryan (Fr./F) started the contest for Notre Dame. The Irish are 2-0 this season with that starting quintet.
  • Three players reached double figures in scoring for the Irish: Colson (31 points), Jackson (24) and Vasturia (22).
  • The game marked Notre Dame’s first with three 20-plus point scorers as a member of the ACC. The last time Notre Dame had three 20-point scorers overall was against Syracuse on March 8, 2007.
  • Colson scored a game-high 31 points. The last Irish player to score 30-plus points in a game was Eric Atkins against Canisius (30 points, 12/29/13). Colson is Notre Dame’s first 30-plus point earner as a member of the ACC.
  • The win marked Notre Dame’s first over a ranked opponent this season. The Irish previously registered losses to Virginia (1/2/16) and Pittsburgh (1/9/16).
  • The last time Notre Dame beat the ninth-ranked team, as determined by the Associated Press poll, was a 69-55 win over No. 9 Georgetown at home (12/29/10).
  • The win was the sixth recorded by the Irish in the Mike Brey era over a defending national champion. The Irish previously faced Duke once in that scenario, falling to the Blue Devils 84-77 in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Championship in Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Notre Dame posted a season-high 95 points in the game with a season-high 36 field goals made (36-72; 50 percent). Notre Dame has shot 50 percent or better from the field nine times this season.
  • Duke’s 12 made 3-pointers tied a Notre Dame opponent high for an ACC game. The Blue Devils previously secured the mark on Jan. 4, 2014.
  • With a 3-pointer at 14:24 in the opening half, Vasturia extended the Irish streak to 564 consecutive games with a 3-point field goal.
  • The Irish were limited to six turnovers in the game. This season, Notre Dame has recorded 10 or fewer turnovers on 10 occasions.
  • Duke led 45-50 after the first half. The Irish are 2-3 this season when trailing after the first 20-minute stanza.
  • The season-high 45 points and 19 field goals secured by Notre Dame in the first half were the highest for the Irish in the opening half of an ACC matchup. Duke tied a Notre Dame opponent high in the first half of an ACC game with 50 points. The Blue Devils previously set the mark on Feb. 7, 2015.
  • Notre Dame outrebounded Duke, 38-33. The Irish are 10-1 this season when holding an advantage on the boards.
  • The Irish secured 18 second chance points, compared to four points for the Blue Devils.
  • Notre Dame had a 50-26 advantage over Duke in points scored in the paint.

Mike Brey

  • Brey is now 344-170 during his career at Notre Dame and 443-222 overall as a head coach.
  • At the helm of the Notre Dame program, Brey owns a 4-2 record over Duke.
  • ‘Coach K’ is 21-4 against his former assistants, with all four wins belonging to Mike Brey.

Bonzie Colson (So./F)

  • With a career-high 31 points, Colson registered his first 30-plus point outing.
  • The game was Colson’s second 20-plus point performance. His first was earlier this season against Indiana (24 points; 12/19/16).
  • Colson earned his second career double-double, complementing his 31 points with 11 rebounds. It was also his second career contest with 10-plus rebounds.
  • The game was Colson’s 12th double-figure outing this season and the 17th for his career.
  • Colson connected on a pair of 3-pointers vs. Duke, a career high.
  • His 12 made field goals were also a career high.
  • Colson has historically performed well against Duke, earning 17 points off the bench in the last meeting with the Blue Devils (3/13/15).

Steve Vasturia (Jr./G)

  • With a career-high 22 points, Vasturia posted the third 20-plus outing of his career and the second this season. His previous career-high point total of 21 was recorded vs. Illinois (12/2/15).
  • Vasturia secured double figures in scoring in the first half of play vs. Duke (10 points). He has reached double figures in 14 games this season and 39 games overall with the Irish.
  • He tied a career high, connecting on four shots from behind the arc.

Zach Auguste (Sr./F)

  • With nine points vs. Duke, Auguste surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his collegiate career (1,002). Auguste is 57th player in Notre Dame history to reach that point total.
  • Auguste has secured 10-plus rebounds on 11 occasions this season and 17 times throughout his career.
  • His 14 rebounds against Duke matched a career high.

Demetrius Jackson (Jr./G)

  • With a 24 points, Jackson secured the 52nd double figure outing of his career and the 10th 20-plus point effort. He has reached double figures in 15 of 17 contests this season and 20-plus points on six occasions.
  • His 10 made field goals tied a career high previously set vs. St. Francis (11/13/15).

Rex Pflueger (Fr./F)

  • Pflueger had 12 points combined heading into the matchup with Duke. He scored a career-high seven points against the Blue Devils. Pflueger’s previous career mark was six points earned against UMass Lowell (11/21/15).
  • Pflueger posted two blocks, a career high.
  • He matched a career high with two assists earned.