On Tuesday night, Notre Dame looked for revenge against the Red Storm who defeated the Irish earlier in the season at Madison Square Garden. The ballgame was the last for three Notre Dame players, Cooley, Brooks, Martin and Broghammer at home.
The Irish jumped out very slow against an inferior opponent. It almost felt like the Notre Dame Football team was taking the field on Senior Day. The play was sloppy on both ends of the floor. In the first half, Notre Dame only shot 27.6% from the field. They entered the locker room with a 4-point deficit.
In the second half, Notre Dame went on an 11-2 run to take a 5-point lead with 13:24 left in regulation. From that point forward, it was all Notre Dame.
As Jack Cooley played his final game at home in a Notre Dame uniform, he was still lethargic from his illness that affected him in the game against Marquette. He was scoreless in the first half. Cooley played much different in the second half. He scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Irish were led by Junior Guard Jerian Grant who scored 21 points and added 8 assists.
The Fighting Irish move on to play Louisville on Saturday, March 9th at 4:00 p.m. in the regular season finale. However, they will have to do it without Freshman Cameron Biedscheid who was involved in an altercation with St. John’s player Sir’Dominic Pointer. Pointer was also called for a flagrant foul earlier in the game for slapping Notre Dame Forward Tom Knight.