Mar. 2, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) shoots over Providence Friars forward Bilal Dixon (42) in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame 75, Providence 69

Notre Dame clinched the number 3 seed last night in a big win against a surprising Providence team. Notre Dame finished the season 13-5 (3rd place), while Providence finished the season 4-14 (15th place.

Cooley’s career night:

After scoring 2 points in Monday’s game against Georgetown, Jack Cooley came back with a career high 27 points and 17 rebounds. Even Cooley was impressed with himself.

“Monday was just extremely uncharacteristic. I just had a horrible game,” Notre Dame’s 6-foot-9 center said. “Nothing was really right. Something really wasn’t right. Things weren’t falling and it was really frustrating. I needed to get back out there and have a good game and I had a pretty good one tonight.”

Notre Dame can now sit back and relax as they will wait to see who they will face next Thursday in the quarterfinals.

“It’s good to clinch that up. It really is,” Cooley said.  “We get to wait to play. … And we get to watch great basketball while sitting in the hotel room.”

Seniors Scott Martin and Tim Abromaitis were honored last night for what could be there final one at home (pending 6th year eligibility appeals).  While Tim didn’t play due to injury, Martin had 11 points and 4 rebounds. A great way to go out for Martin, 16-1 at home your senior year isn;t bad at all.


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