You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Notre Dame

  • Bye gives beat-up Irish needed rest
    Notre Dame may be 3-0, but coach Brian Kelly said the upcoming bye week is a welcome sight since he has such a banged-up team.
  • Irish get the message
    INDIANAPOLIS – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly didn’t scream at his players during halftime at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night. That wouldn’t have been him.
  • Boilers-Irish will take break
    For 69 years, there’s been one certainty concerning Purdue and Notre Dame football: the in-state foes would play in a rivalry that dates to the 19th century.

Irish get rolling in 2nd half, rip Army

– For a game that ended up a 33-point blowout, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey wasn’t exactly pleased with his team’s effort Sunday afternoon.

At least not with half of it.

Army hung around until the Irish turned it on in the second half of a 93-60 non-conference victory, their second in three days.

“I liked our energy level much better in the second half than in the first half,” Brey said. “I was disappointed in our juice in the first half.”

Jerian Grant had 19 points, eight assists and six steals to lead Notre Dame (4-1). Garrick Sherman added 19 points and seven rebounds as the Irish forced 22 Army turnovers and held the Black Knights (1-4) to 5-of-25 shooting from 3-point range.

Dylan Cox scored 11 points to lead Army, which has lost three straight.

The Black Knights, who came in averaging nearly 34 3-point attempts per game, missed their first nine 3-pointers before Kyle Wilson finally connected with 14:04 to play.

“We hugged the arc, big-time,” Brey said. “You were going to have to take that away, or it could have got really interesting.”

Up by just eight at halftime, Sherman scored 10 straight points for the Irish early in the second half to get their lead up to 13.

“We just came out with more of a sense of urgency,” Sherman said. “We started off kind of slow. We coasted a little bit, and coach got on us and fired us up.”

Sherman was 7-for-9 from the floor and did most of his work down low where the Black Knights didn’t have an answer for his size and quickness around the basket.

“He got some easy buckets,” said Army coach Zach Spiker. “To his credit, he got the ball where he could score, and he made plays.”

Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins was just 2-for-13 from the floor before he connected on a 3 with 14:35 left. His second 3 came near the start of an 18-0 Irish burst that put the game away, pushing their lead to 33 points with 3:40 to play. Army did not hit a field goal for over 6 minutes before ending the run.

“We were just sloppy and looked disinterested,” Atkins said of the Irish start.