Falls Out, Carter On A Roll, Glass Dominance

SOUTH BEND - For the first time in his career spanning 99 contests, Notre Dame senior guard Colin Falls missed a game. After undergoing shock wave therapy on Friday, Dec. 8, to treat plantar fasciitis in his left foot, the 21st-ranked Irish were without their third-leading scorer (13.8 points per game) in Saturday night's 94-63 rout of Elon, at the Joyce Center.

Falls is questionable for Notre Dame's (8-1) two games next week, Tuesday against Portland and Thursday versus Army.

Falls was bothered by this problem towards the end of last season, and had shock wave therapy done last June. It's not uncommon that the same treatment has to occur a second time.

"I'd say November 1st is when it started coming back a little bit," Falls said. "It was a day-to-day thing. And by the end of last year, I was struggling, I really was the last four or five games last year. I didn't want to go through that again and hopefully I'll be 100 percent for the rest of the season."

All signs indicate this injury won't be a problem the rest of the season.

"I think we‘ve attacked it," Irish coach Mike Brey said. "He got three good months of symptom free activity after we did this procedure in the summer. Three months would be perfect for what we need to do, so we just really felt as the symptoms were creeping in a little bit, lets attack it.

"Does he come back before Christmas break, maybe, we don't want to be crazy."

Falls said he hopes to start shooting on Sunday, but will let the recovery play its course and not rush to come back.

Zach Hillesland made his first career regular season start in Falls absence. The sophomore forward scored six points, grabbed three rebounds, had two assists, and a block and steal.

*The slow walk, the smile on his face, the swagger, it was all there with guard Russell Carter, Saturday. The senior guard followed up his career-high 27-point performance in a win over No. 5 Alabama, last Thursday, with a game-high 21 points against Elon.

Carter had the hot hand all evening, hitting 7-of-11 shots from the floor, 5-of-7 from 3-point land.

"Hopefully I can do that day in and day out," Carter said.

"High percentage and great demeanor, played like a great player in the league, and had the demeanor of a great player in the league." Brey stated. "His interaction with the officials, the officials are talking like he's arrived as a key guy. I told him that after the game. That's real important, your give and take with the officials when you're a main guy. We certainly want to keep building on that."

Carter also contributed six rebounds, four assists, a steal and several deflections.

"I thought he took very good shots, I thought he was unselfish," Brey said. "He got on the backboard at key times and he was disciplined defensively for the most part. The biggest thing is steady demeanor. His smile can light up the building so it's important for us."

*The Irish grabbed a season high 55 rebounds against the Phoenix (1-7). The team's previous high was 54 in the opener against Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne.

Rob Kurz and Luke Harangody each had a double-double. The 6-foot-9 junior Kurz scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 12 boards. Harangody, a 6-foot-8 freshman added 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes.

"I think we just knew we were bigger and that we'd have a size advantage," Kurz said. "I think we just did a great job pursuing every loose ball and every rebound. A lot of bounces went our way tonight."

*Entering tonight's contest, the Irish ranked 10th in the nation in scoring offense at 86.2 points per game. With 94 points tonight, ND has topped the 90-point mark five times this season.

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