Connaughton, Defense Key Irish Victory
Freshman swingman Pat Connaughton
Freshman swingman Pat Connaughton
Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2012


Notre Dame assists on 22 of 28 field goals in 17-point blowout of #15 Marquette in South Bend.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Freshman Pat Connaughton had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Notre Dame made 11 3-pointers and beat No. 15 Marquette 76-59 Saturday.

Connaughton shot 5-for-8 on 3s to lead the Irish (15-8, 7-3 Big East) to their fourth straight win. Notre Dame has defeated five ranked opponents this season.

Eric Atkins chipped in 18 points and Jerian Grant had 12 in a strong performance by the Irish backcourt.

The loss snapped a seven-game conference winning streak for Marquette (19-5, 8-3). Darius Johnson-Odom scored 10 points for the Golden Eagles in the first half, but was held to just two points the rest of the game.

Vander Blue chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds for Marquette. The Eagles shot just 2 of 13 from 3-point range.



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