Irish Down Charleston Southern For Third Win

Notre Dame defeated Charleston Southern by a score of 54-38--and as the saying goes--it wasn't pretty. The 38 points by Southern set a record for the fewest points ever scored by an opponent in the Joyce Center.

The Irish did not play with a lot of intensity in the early going and the athletic Southern team took advantage of this sluggish play and was able to keep pace and finished the first half tied at 22.

Senior guard Chris Thomas led the Irish in scoring in the first half with eight and had praise for Charleston Southern, "They had good players," said Thomas. "That No. 11, we just never seemed to find him when we were rotating and he got a couple easy looks.

"Ugly game or not we still came out with a W and it was good to see us hold a team to under 40 points."

When informed that Southern's 38 points set an all-time record, Thomas responded, "That's something to be proud of coming away from this game. You go to 3-0 before this next tough stretch, and we have seven or eight days to prepare so it's going to be exciting."

Both teams shot poorly in the first period with the Irish hitting on 7-of-26 for 26.9 percent and the visitors were 10-of-26 for 38.5 percent.

The Irish came out with more intensity in the second half and really turned up the defensive pressure. Both teams struggled on offense at the beginning of the second stanza and the score was knotted at 29-29 with just over 13 minutes to play.

Over the next six minutes, Notre Dame went on a 14-0 run and led 43-29 with just a little over six minutes to go and the visitors never recovered from this scoring outburst.

Senior forward Jordan Cornette played 32 minutes scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds. He felt the intensity wasn't there in the early stages.

"Our backs were against the wall and it was 22-22 at the half and guys in here knew that shouldn't have been the score and knew we should have had the lead," said Cornette "I think we took it to heart today when they had us on the ropes.

"I would still like to see that intensity that our backs are against the ropes from when the ball is tipped at the beginning of the game. When we had to do it, we did it, but I would still like to see us do it 40 minutes a game. Tonight we played a good second half but we need to put together two solid halves."

Guard Chris Quinn was the leading scorer for the Irish and the game with 17 points, followed closely by Thomas with 15 points. These two outstanding guards played 38 and 37 minutes respectively and neither had a turnover in the entire game.

Coach Mike Brey said he was very impressed with the play of his guards after the game.

"They play the whole game and they don't turn the thing over," said Brey. "The other thing is, if our big guys are getting in the way and not in the rhythm, get the heck out of the way of the guards. Get out of the way. If we have to get one of them out of the way to spread the floor out, we'll do it.

"It's nice to have options. We were scrambling around there and we were able to press a little bit with a smaller team and showed some life. Again I think we learned something."

The attendance for this game was 8,871 and this low number was due to the students being on break and Brey said, "It was a weird game and I was a little concerned because our students weren't here, and I talked to our guys about it. It is a different atmosphere, and I understand that. We had such a great atmosphere with our band and our students the first two games so I'm always concerned about those games, whether it's now or Christmas."

The Irish finished this game shooting a lowly 18-of-48 for 37.5 percent and Charleston Southern's effort was worse as they only hit on 17-of-52 for 32.7 percent. The difference in the game came at the foul line as Notre Dame hit on 13-of-17 and amazingly the visitors did not have any attempts from the charity stripe.

The Irish have a week to prepare for their next game which will be on the road against the Michigan next Saturday, December 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 pm. Top Stories