Notre Dame dropped their fourth game of the season on Monday night, 63-47 to the Georgetown Hoyas in the Purcell Pavilion. This was only the third game that Notre Dame has lost at home in two years. It is the first to a team not named UCONN. The Irish look uninspired at times during the game and lacked their usual Offensive efficiency. Here is how the starters graded out against the Hoyas:
Guard Eric Atkins
Atkins was the only player who played the entire game last night but they were some of the least efficient minutes of his season. Normally, Atkins averages 6.5 assists per game and 2.1 turnovers per contest. However, Atkins only had 3 assists and 2 turnovers last night. This is definitely one of the reasons that Notre Dame lost. In addition, the Junior Point Guard only had 6 points, which is well below his season average.
Final Grade: D
Guard Jerian Grant
It was apparent that Grant was frustrated during this game. He was doing everything he could to put the Irish ahead of the Hoyas. Grant had 3 steals, 3 assists and 3 rebounds to go along with his 13 points. It did take 13 shots for Grant to land those 13 points, however. This was definitely an up and down game for Grant.
Final Grade: C+
Guard-Forward Pat Connaughton
Connaughton was one of the bright spots from ESPN’s Big Monday. He played well on both sides of the court. When he was up against Otto Porter Jr., he did a good job at keeping the future NBA talent in front of him and forcing him into bad shots. On the Offensive end, Connaughton had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Final Grade: B
Forward Scott Martin
Today, it was reported that Scott Martin had a 2nd operation on his knee in the off-season. This most likely affected his play last night against the Hoyas. Martin was none existent, grabbing only two rebounds in 18 minutes of play. The Irish needed Martin to stretch the floor against the length of the Hoyas. Martin’s 18 minutes would have been better suited for Freshman Zac Auguste who at least could have mistaken his way into a few plays on Monday.
Final Grade: F
Forward Jack Cooley
Cooley was only 4 of 11 from the field for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame needed him to come up strong on the glass and in the paint if they were going to win the game. Although he had a double-double, he did not do more than average. He simply yelled at the referees more than attempting to stop the Hoyas from out rebounding the Irish.
Final Grade: C
NOTRE DAME’S GAME GRADE: D+