Carter leads No. 22 Notre Dame over Seton Hall
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Russell Carter scored a game-high 24 points
and pulled down 10 rebounds as 22nd-ranked Notre Dame cruised past Seton Hall,
88-76, in Big East action from Joyce Center.
Rob Kurz contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, while Zach Hillesland scored
12 points and had 10 rebounds for Notre Dame (15-2, 3-1 Big East), which ran
its homecourt unbeaten streak to 15 games. The victory also gave the Irish
their best start under head coach Mike Brey. Luke Harangody rounded out the
players in double-figures, donating 12 points in the effort.
Brian Laing scored 20 points and added nine rebounds for Seton Hall (10-6,
2-2), which has dropped two of its last three games. Eugene Harvey had 17
points, while Jamar Nutter netted 16 points and had six rebounds. Larry
Davis also contributed 13 points.
The game appeared evenly matched at the start, until the Fighting Irish used a
9-2 run to grab a 23-15 lead at 11:56. Carter started the spurt with a three-
point play, draining a short jumper and a free throw after being fouled by
Nutter, while Hillesland capped the run with a layup.
Carter continued to pace the Notre Dame offense, netting 14 points on a 3-of-4
effort from long range in the first half, as the Fighting Irish held a 44-38
edge at the break.
Both teams shot 52 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
Laing’s three-pointer pulled Seton Hall within three, 44-41, to open the
second half, but Notre Dame scored eight unanswered points to take a 52-41
lead at 15:36.
Offensive miscues continued to plague the Pirates, who missed five shots in a
little more than a minute, while falling behind by 18 points with 12 1/2
minutes to play.
Harangody’s layup put Notre Dame up by 21 with 10:53 remaining, and Seton Hall
never posed a real threat down the stretch.
Notre Dame shot 53 percent from the floor overall, while Seton Hall finished
at 36 percent…The Fighting Irish had 42 rebounds, while the Pirates managed
37…The last time Notre Dame started a season 15-2 after 17 games was during
the 1978-79 campaign, when that Irish squad began the year with a 17-2
record and finished 24-6…Seton Hall hasn’t won two straight games since the
beginning of December.