Notre Dame's first Big East game without forward Luke Harangody didn't start well or end well.
The Irish lost 69-68 to St. John's on Sunday with Harangody out with a bruised bone on his right knee. Harangody will be a game-time decision Wednesday when Notre Dame travels to play Louisville.
The Irish (17-9, 6-7 Big East) shot 50 percent from the floor and committed nine turnovers in the first half against the Red Storm.
Notre Dame also didn't start going down low to Tyrone Nash until late in the half, taking a 37-34 deficit into halftime.
"I don't think in the first half we were in much of a rhythm," Brey said during his Tuesday teleconference. "There was a bit of an adjustment. We also turned the ball over a little bit too, so maybe it wasn't fair to judge us.
"I thought the second half we did a better job, and we took care of the basketball. I think that was key."
Harangody's absence was felt, but it could have been worse without Nash.
The 6-foot-8 junior scored 16 points and had three rebounds in the loss.
"We scored 68 points without (Harangody)," Brey said. "I think we found we can play off of Ty Nash. Which we have done even with Gody in there, but we had to do it as the main threat."