Jan 21, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) grabs a rebound in the second half against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Basketball Recap: Georgetown 63-Notre Dame 47

Jan 21 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Georgetown Hoyas guard Markel Starks (5) drives to the basket against Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Eric Atkins (0) at the Joyce Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame fell to 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in Big East conference competition with a 63-47 loss to Georgetown on Monday night. The Fighting Irish have struggled against teams with length and athleticism. Georgetown has both. It was clear from the outset that Notre Dame would have a tough time on both ends of the floor on Monday night. More importantly, Notre Dame played uninspired basketball for the majority of the ballgame. The Hoyas had the fans headed for the exits at the 5-minute mark.

Notre Dame was beaten at their own game by the Hoyas who had 19 assists to Notre Dame’s 11 assists. Georgetown was unconscious from the field. They were 24 of 45 overall or 53.3%. The Hoyas were even deadly from 3-point land, going 46.7% from downtown. They also dominated the Irish on the glass, 34-22.

The Hoyas Defense suffocated the Fighting Irish Offense. The Irish were terrible from the field, going 34.7% overall. Notre Dame was led by Jerian Grant who had 13 points. Jack Cooley added another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Notre Dame was also poor from the free throw line where they had the opportunity to make a difference midway through the second half.

This was the worst game that Notre Dame has played all season. The Irish looked uncompetitive at times against a less talented and less experienced team. Notre Dame has looked like zombies the past four games. If Coach Brey does not stop his team from sleepwalking through the league slate, this team will find itself in the NIT tournament or worse.

Notre Dame will move on to play the South Florida Bulls on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.com.

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