Notre Dame Falls Short At Georgia Tech, 74-69
January 12, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
NOTRE DAME PRESS RELEASE
Trae Golden scored 20 points, Daniel Miller added 10 points and 13 rebounds and Georgia Tech beat Notre Dame 74-69 on Saturday.
Despite blowing a 15-point lead they held midway through the second half, the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 1-2 ACC) went ahead for good when Golden's 3-pointer from the left wing made it 70-68 in the final minute.
Golden gave Georgia Tech its biggest lead at 15, but the Irish went on a 16-3 run to tie the game at 57 on Atkins' three-point play.
Sherman missed his first nine field goal attempts, but hit six of his last nine shots, including a reverse layup to give the Irish a 68-67 lead with 1:15 remaining.
Georgia Tech began the game with a 10-26 ACC record under third-year coach Brian Gregory, but the Jackets led by as much as 13 in the first half on Marcus Georges-Hunt's 3 from the left key.
Notre Dame came within two in the first on Demetrius Jackson's layup at the 8:01 mark and on Steve Vasturia's with 1:17 remaining, but Golden hit a pair of free throws to make it a four-play lead at intermission.
The Irish, playing just their second away game of the season on an opponent's home court, trailed by as many as 15 in midway through the second half on Golden's runner from the baseline at the 13:59 mark.
Chris Bolden hit a 3 from the left side on the ensuing possession, and Quinton Stephens jumper from the top of the key made it 62-57 at the 5:40 mark.
Notre Dame Postgame Notes
• This was the ninth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Georgia Tech and the first since a 70-69 Yellow Jacket victory during the 2007 Paradise Jam ... Georgia Tech leads the series 7-2 ... this was Notre Dame's first trip to Georgia Tech since the 1988-89 season ... the Irish are 0-4 all-time at Georgia Tech.
• Notre Dame trailed 39-35 at halftime ... the Irish are 2-6 this season when trailing at the intermission.
• Georgia Tech's largest lead of the game was 15 points (54-39) with 13:59 left in the second half ... Notre Dame responded with an 18-3 run to tie the contest 57-57 with 6:48 remaining ... Notre Dame's largest lead of the day was two points on two occasions.
• The Fighting Irish had 17 assists on their 28 made field goals and committed just eight turnovers ... it was the seventh time this season Notre Dame had eight or fewer turnovers in a game.
• Pat Connaughton (10 pts, 10 rebs) and Garrick Sherman (13 pts, 12 rebs) both notched double-doubles ... it was the first time two Irish players registered double-doubles in the same game since Connaughton and Sherman did so earlier this season versus Bryant (Dec. 9).
• Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Demetrius Jackson (Fr./G), Zach Auguste (So./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started today's contest ... it was the third straight game and the third time overall this season that quintet has started ... the Irish are 1-2 with this starting lineup ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 16 games this season ... Jackson has started 11 games, while it was the third start for Auguste.
• The Fighting Irish are 0-2 this season when wearing blue uniforms.
• A three-pointer from Eric Atkins in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 493.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
Austin Burgett (So./F)
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
Garrick Sherman (Sr./C)