Sunday , Jan , 14 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Big East foes collide in South Bend

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – The 22nd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish
try to extend their homecourt winning streak to 15 games today, as they
host the Seton Hall Pirates in Big East play from the Joyce Center.

The Irish enter the game fresh off one of their biggest wins of the
season, as they outlasted nationally-ranked West Virginia, 61-58, on
Tuesday. The win kept the team perfect at home (12-0) this season and in
the process extended its Joyce Center winning streak to 14 games dating
back to last season. Notre Dame has now won 13 of its last 14 games in
improving to an impressive 14-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

As for SHU, it also comes into the contest on a high note following a 79-63
triumph over St. John’s on Thursday. It was the second win in the past three
outings for the Pirates, who improved to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in league

In terms of the all-time series, Notre Dame owns a 12-7 edge over SHU, and
it has won three straight and six of the last seven meetings.

SHU shot 44.6 percent from the field, including a 9-of-23 effort from long
range, as it posted a 16-point win over St. John’s earlier in the week. The
Pirates also forced 16 turnovers, scoring 21 points off those miscues. Brian
Laing led the charge with 18 points and a pair of steals, while Jamar Nutter
and Larry Davis each logged 17 points. On the season, Laing leads the squad in
both scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg), and he also has 27 steals to
his name. Eugene Harvey is hot on his heels with 16.3 ppg, while Nutter chips
in with 12.8 ppg. As a team, the Pirates are averaging a solid 78.5 ppg on the
season, in addition to forcing their opponents into 19.5 turnovers per game.

Notre Dame is one of the most explosive teams in the Big East this season, as
it is averaging a healthy 83.8 ppg behind 48.9 percent shooting from the floor
and 39.5 percent from behind the arc. Russell Carter is the team’s top scorer
with 17.6 ppg and he is making good on 44.6 percent of his three-point
attempts. Rob Kurz has been a force in the low post and he is turning in 14.4
ppg and a team-high 8.8 rpg. Colin Falls chips in with 12.8 ppg, while Luke
Harangody adds 12.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg off the bench. In the team’s last game,
Carter poured in 19 points to lead the Irish to a three-point win over WVU.
Falls posted 14 points, while Kurz ripped down 11 caroms. Notre Dame shot 53.5
percent from the field in the contest and outscored WVU, 30-20, in the paint.