Men’s basketball: Indiana State upsets No. 21 Notre Dame
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org November 17, 2013 6:58PM
Zack Auguste,Jake Kitchell
Updated: December 19, 2013 6:29AM
SOUTH BEND — For a brief moment order seemed restored.
Notre Dame forward Austin Burgett drove to the basket and scored while getting fouled early in the second half Sunday against Indiana State. He made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give the Irish a one-point lead.
The Sycamores didn’t panic. Instead, Indiana State scored the next 10 points and never looked back, upsetting No. 21 Notre Dame 83-70.
“I thought their veteran poise was better than our veteran poise,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “We couldn’t guard them enough and we couldn’t get efficient enough offensively.”
Justin Gant made three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead Indiana State (2-1). The Sycamores made 11 three-pointers, handing Brey his first November home loss with the Irish. Notre Dame (2-1) entered the game 48-0 in home games during this month under Brey.
“Our defensive focus has to be there,” guard Pat Connaughton said. “Giving up 83 points isn’t something that this program is known for.”
Turnovers also hurt. Indiana State scored 13 points off of Notre Dame’s nine first-half turnovers. The Sycamores led 40-30 at halftime.
“We didn’t come out as ready as they did,” said Connaughton, who had 16 points. “They came out and really gave it to us in the first few minutes.”
Notre Dame fought back in the opening minutes of the second half, going on a 15-4 run. Burgett’s three-point play gave the Irish a 45-44 lead with 15:06 remaining.
Indiana State answered. Consecutive baskets by Khristian Smith started an 18-3 run.
Notre Dame got within eight points with 2:57 remaining. But it didn’t get any closer.
“We knew they were going to respond. It’s a game of runs,” said guard Eric Atkins, who had 18 points. “We made our run and they made their run to take the lead right back. We didn’t respond after that. That’s what hurt us.”