Leftovers Special – St Bonaventure – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Athletics Official Site

GAME 6 NOTRE DAME VS ST. BONAVENTURE
IF: FRIDAY 11.25 | 4 p.m. ET
WHERE: ELMONT, New York | UBS ARENA
CLOCK: ESPN+
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ELMONT, New York – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will venture away from home for the first time this season to play St. Bonaventure at a neutral venue. The two teams will meet on Friday, November 25 at 4:00 p.m. ET in the Gotham Classic Finals at the UBS Arena. This game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

BY NUMBERS

5849

combined career points in 2022-23 squad – most ever in the Brey era to start a season

338

combined starts and 633 combined games played – Coach Brey’s most experienced team at the helm

52.6%

Three-point shooting for Goodwin – leads the team

51.9%

Shooting for Starling – Ranked 4th among Division I freshmen

51.9%

Shooting from the field for the Irish – Ranked 11th in the country

23-19

Brey is now 23-19 in games decided by a point

19.6

ppg for Laszewski – leading all ACC players

19-1

at home for the last two seasons

fifteen

NCAA Tournament wins for Coach Brey – Ties Digger Phelps for most at ND

14.0

ppg for Starling – ranked 3rd among ACC newcomers

13

Laszewski is 1 in 13 players in Division-I who averaged over 8 rebounds per game while averaging over 2.0 made three rebounds per game.

12.4

Points-per-game average for Cormac Ryan since joining the starting lineup on February 9, 2022 (17 games).

6

PhDs on the list – most from any Power 5 team

5

All 5 Irish starters average double digit points

5-0

when leading halfway

T-3

for most 1,000 point scorers by and DI program

3

Double-double for Laszewski, who ranks 4th in the country

3

in the country in the percentage of free throws – 84.3 percent

2

More than 20 points for Goodwin and Laszewski

2

The Irish are in the nation’s top four in minutes played per game – Goodwin and Laszewski

NATE THE BIG

Nate Laszewski recorded 3 straight double-doubles earlier in the year and was rebound shy against Lipscomb for making it 4-for-4. His 3 double doubles ranks 4th in the country.

He averages an ACC best of 19.6 ppg – also a career best for Nate. He now ranks 6th in ACC with an 8.8 RPG and 3rd in Shooting with a 58.0 percent.

He converts 2.2 threes per game – which leads the team. He is one of 13 players in Division-I to have over 8 rebounds per game while averaging over 2.0 three rebounds per game.

CLOSER

One of the biggest takeaways from the first 5 games is this – Irish Down the Stretch Get Clutch.

Game 1 v Radford – Irish make 6 of their last 9 from the field over the final 8:22

Game 2 vs. YSU – Irish makes his last six from the field over the finals 4:29

Game 3 vs. USI – Irish makes its final 11-of-15 over the final 11:33.

Game 4 vs Lipscomb – Dane Goodwin converts a three with 14 seconds left for the go-ahead game winner.

Game 5 vs. Bowling Green – The Irish finish the game with a 23-5 scoring run. ND made 9 of their last 12 from the field starting at the 10:25 mark.

STAR (LING) FRESHMAN

All the talk about grad school vets, but there’s a freshman named JJ Starling who wants to make his mark on the college landscape.

Starling, who is ranked No. 18 by ESPN and has been the top-ranked ND recruit since at least 2007 (when the ESPN recruiting database began), has gotten off to a fantastic start — averaging 14.0 ppg. In fact, he ranks 3rd among the ACC newcomers.

He took over the Bowling Green game on November 22 and scored 23 points in a near-perfect 10-on-11 shooting night. He joins Torin Francis (10-11 v. Arizona on 3/27/2003) as the only freshman in ND history to have at least 10 field goals and just missed one from the floor.

Additionally, his 23 points currently stands as a single-game high among the ACC freshmen. Nationally it is tied for 15th.

In terms of shooting, he leads all freshmen guards in the nation with 51.9 percent from the field. Overall (all positions), his shot percentage ranks 4th in the nation among true freshmen.

Starling first impressed on November 13 with a 17-point breakout performance against Youngstown State. Starling went into clutch mode and made back-to-back treys under the two-minute mark to contribute to the win.

DANE FEELS GOOD (WIN)

Dane started the year with 8 20+ point performances and now has two to five games.

He is currently averaging a career high of 15.4 ppg at a career high 54.9 percent on shooting – as the latter ranks 6th in the ACC.

He hits from deep at 52.6 percent (10 of 19) and he does so late in games — hitting a Trey with 2:48 left against USI and 14 seconds left against Lipscomb.

Goodwin carried the Irish to a 66-65 win over Lipscomb, hitting the starting three and winning the game with 14 seconds remaining. Goodwin ended his career making three-pointers and converting 6-of-8 from the deep. He finished with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

And by the way, he’s a perfect 11-on-11 from the free throw line.

EARLY TRACK OF WERTZ

It was a huge leap for Trey Wertz this season as he was absolutely dynamic in the offensive end of the court.

For the first time in his Irish career, Wertz scored three straight games in double figures (it was the fifth in his collegiate career).

First, Wertz fired 18 points against Radford and connected three threes in a row from 8:22 to 6:51 in the second half.

Then it was 15 points against Youngstown State. Next, it was a season-high 20 points against Southern Indiana, which included 12 points in the 2nd half.

Wertz connects on 13 of 17 from two-point range. He leads the team in both steals (1.6) and assists (4.0).

After all, he’s hit threes in all five games — averaging 2.2 threes a game alongside Laszewski.

SPECIAL SKILL UNLOCKED – FT SHOOTING

Game 1 – 21 of 25

Game 2 – 14 of 15

Game 3 – 23 of 28

Game 4 – 4 of 5

Game 5 – 13 of 16

Overall – 75 out of 89

This ranks Notre Dame 3rd in the country for free throw percentage, converting 84.3 percent of its shots.

LEARNED HOW TO WIN AND THEN SOME

The Coach Brey quote you heard a lot this preseason – “These guys learned how to win last year and now they’re up for the challenge.”

This experienced Irish group prevailed 15-5 in the ACC and secured second place in the league tournament. They then competed in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017 and finished in the top four. Notre Dame defeated Rutgers in Double OT and then Alabama before narrowly falling to Texas Tech in the second round.

Fast forward to now and that experience has paid off. First, the Irish fought back to take the lead against Radford by 9.5 seconds for the 79-76 win. Against Youngstown State, it was a three-point game with 2:26 to go, but the Irish held off the attack and clinched the 88-81 win. Then it was Dane Goodwin’s three-pointer go-ahead with 14 seconds to go undefeated for the 66-65 win over Lipscomb.

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