The Fighting Irish had not played in about two weeks but they looked sharp in their Big East Opener. Offensively, the Irish moved the ball very well inside and outside against the Seton Hall Pirates. Both teams came into the game with excellent records but Notre Dame proved that they were the more talented and well coached team.
Notre Dame was in control for most of the ball game, taking a 44-36 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Fighting Irish pulled away from the Pirates. The Irish won the second half battle 49-38, resulting in the final score 93-74. Notre Dame was a 56.5% from the field.
6th-year Senior Scott Martin lead the Fighting Irish on Saturday afternoon with 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Notre Dame’s efficient passing was key to Martin getting a lot of open looks from 3-point range. Martin made the Pirates pay from 3-point range. He was 6 of 7 from downtown. Notre Dame was an insane 66.7% from 3-point range in their Big East opener.
The Irish were not just a 3-point shooting team today. Jack Cooley, the constant double double, added 19 points and 13 rebounds. Michigan State Transfer Garrick Sherman added 6 points and 2 rebounds off the bench. Notre Dame out-rebounded the Pirates 35-30.
Notre Dame was lead in the backcourt by Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant. Atkins added 10 assists while Grant has 8. As always with a Mike Brey coached team, the Irish dominated the assist to turnover ratio, 25-8.
The Fighting Irish head to Cincinnati on Monday to face the 14th ranked Bearcats. This game will be the most ignored Irish Basketball game in recent memory as Notre Dame Football faces Alabama in the National Title Game.