Men’s basketball: Scott Martin leads Irish over Seton Hall
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org January 5, 2013 5:46PM
Notre Dame guard Scott Martin, left, gets ready to shoot as Seton Hall guard Tom Maayan defends the second half of an NCAA college basketball game wth Notre Dame Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 93-74 with Martin leading all scorers with 22 points. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:50AM
SOUTH BEND — Scott Martin gives all the kudos to his little brother Andy.
Why not? Older brothers are supposed to be generous with praise for their younger siblings.
Martin, who basically has suffered through a two-year shooting slumps after injuring his knee when he transferred from Purdue, lit up Seton Hall for 22 points in a 93-74 victory for Notre Dame Saturday in the Big East opener for the Irish.
It was vintage Martin, the Valparaiso High School version of him, curling off picks and finding his spots on the floor before letting launching a variety of jumpers from different places. He finished 6 of 7 from 3-point range and 8 of 11 overall.
“It was feeling good,” Martin said. “I was hunting it a little more.”
Martin has upped his shooting percentage from 3-point range dramatically since last year, when he made just 24.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He is now shooting 50 percent (27-of-54) from 3-point range for the season.
He said his brother Andy, who is two years younger and a much better shooter than him, helped him the most.
The two of them worked in an empty gym over the summer, shooting jumpers for hours.
“I got to give him credit,” Martin said of Andy. “We discussed mechanics. We didn’t make any big changes but it helped. He did the rebounding.”
The Irish were able to finish off Seton Hall with a 16-5 run that started the second half. At one point, between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, Notre Dame scored on 13 straight possessions.
The Irish finished with 25 assists and just eight turnovers, proof of a team that is clinically efficient on offense.
Getting that kind of production from Martin on offense is a huge boost for a team has other scoring weapons like Jack Cooley (19 points), Eric Atkins (17) and Jerian Grant (13).
Martin’s play was noticed by Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, who couldn’t wait to get home to see his kids after the loss.
“Scott played great,” he said. “He has improved his shooting a lot from last year and he has a more fluid release. He is a very smart basketball player and just doesn’t get into trouble. He does a good job of complimenting Cooley. I think both of those guys feed off each other. They look for each other a lot. When he is shooting as well as he is shooting, they are tough to beat.”
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said the summer work has paid off for Martin. It was Brey who told him to work on his shot over the summer and forget about playing pick up basketball.
“That’s a new kind of weapon we are going to count on going into the Big East, “ Brey said.