Irish hold on for Mike Brey’s 300th win at ND
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or email@example.com February 26, 2014 8:24PM
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey watches his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 65-62. The win was Brey's 300th at Notre Dame (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Updated: March 28, 2014 9:06AM
SOUTH BEND — Little has come easy for Notre Dame this season.
Why should a milestone victory for coach Mike Brey be any different?
Pat Connaughton made two free throws with 23.8 seconds to go and Robert Carter Jr. missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Irish defeated Georgia Tech 65-62 Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion.
With the victory, Brey earned his 300th victory as Notre Dame’s coach, and 399th victory as a college coach overall.
“It means a lot,” Brey said. “To be able to be at a place as long as I’ve been and have the support that I’ve had, coaching the kind of kids that I get here, the fan base that’s been amazingly supportive, of course we’ve been pretty darn good, too. It means a lot.”
Brey joined Digger Phelps and George Keogan as coaches with at least 300 wins at Notre Dame.
“Coach Brey deserves that,” center Garrick Sherman said. “He’s a great coach. I’m happy for him.”
Sherman played a major role in helping Brey reach the mark, scoring 21 points. Sherman has been dealing with an injury to a finger on his right hand.
“I wasn’t shooting the ball as well as I usually do. It was nice to break out of that today and play a little better,” he said.
Eric Atkins added 17 points for the Irish (15-14, 6-10 ACC).
Robert Carter Jr. led Georgia Tech (13-15, 4-11) with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Carter made consecutive 3-pointers to get the Yellow Jackets within 63-62 with 1:09 remaining. Connaughton missed a 3-pointer, but the Irish got the ball back and Connaughton was fouled. He made both free throws.
Carter missed a 3-pointer, but teammate Chris Bolden got the rebound. Carter put up another three-pointer at the buzzer. It didn’t go in, and Brey was allowed to reflect on what it took to join rare company.
“Have more good ones than tough ones,” Brey said, referring to seasons. “We’re having a tough one right now, but our body of work has been pretty darn good.”