• My Scores
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • NCAA BB
  • NBA
  • NHL

Monmouth vs Notre Dame

Notre Dame blows past Monmouth

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Garrick Sherman had a message for his teammates and coaches after putting up some impressive numbers in No. 20 Notre Dame's 84-57 victory over Monmouth on Monday night.

As he came off the court with the game well in hand, Sherman said the same thing to everyone he high-fived: "It's about time."

He finished with a career-high 22 points and seven rebounds.

More on college basketball
Related links

The Michigan State transfer said he was "embarrassed" by his 3-point performance Saturday in the season opener against Evansville, and was determined to come out more aggressive against Monmouth.

"I think I was a little too passive in the first game, trying to find my role," the 6-foot-10 senior forward said. "I owe it to Coach Brey and I owe it to this program to start playing better."

Jack Cooley added 16 points for the Irish (2-0) and Pat Connaughton had 13.

Monmouth (1-1) scored the game's first four points, but Cooley's free throw four minutes into the game put the Irish ahead for good. Notre Dame stretched its lead to 17 points with 1:31 to go in the first half, before Monmouth's Andrew Nicholas cut the deficit to 12 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Notre Dame, which outrebounded Monmouth 42-24, shot 61 percent from the free throw line.

Dion Nesmith led the Hawks with 13 points.

Monmouth tried to establish themselves with a strong physical presence early, notching six fouls in the first 4:14 of the game. Notre Dame forward Scott Martin said they just didn't have the size to keep that style of play going for long.

"They were trying to throw their weight around," Martin said. "Unfortunately for them, we were a little bigger and stronger than them."

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said it was the first time he had been able to play Cooley and Sherman together for long stretches.

"That really helped us, just being able to pound away with two big guys," Brey said. "This is so important for [Sherman] as we head to Brooklyn. That's a game that kind of makes him believe he's really part of it."

Brey said Sherman has the footwork and agility to play very "crafty," so it's been a challenge to slow down his game.

"We did a good job feeding him," Brey said. "He has the best feel of our big guys to present himself as a receiver in a good spot. "

The Irish travel this weekend to the $1 billion Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on for the championship rounds of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Notre Dame will play Saint Joseph's on Saturday, then either Florida State or BYU on Sunday.

"They're a really good program, and hopefully someday we can get better and at least be able to give them a game," first-year Monmouth coach King Rice said. "They play the right way; they share the ball. You can just see they're a team, and that's what we're trying to build."

Monmouth was outscored 40-20 in the paint, and hit only 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The Irish were 6 of 21 on 3-pointers, with Connaughton hitting three.

The Irish again were lackluster from the free throw line, hitting just 16 of 26 -- a slight improvement from the 18-of-30 effort in their season opener Saturday against Evansville.

Monmouth shot just 39 percent from the field, compared to 53 percent by the Irish.

Monmouth turned the ball over 18 times to Notre Dame's 16, but the Irish turned those into 28 points, while Monmouth converted the Irish turnovers into just 10 points.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Guard Pat Connaughton finishes with 13 points and five dimes in the blowout win over Monmouth. (AP)
Guard Pat Connaughton finishes with 13 points and five dimes in the blowout win over Monmouth. (AP)
Scoreboard
Monmouth (1-1)233457
Notre Dame #22 (2-0) «354984
MNMTH:D. Nesmith 13 Pts
MNMTH:M. Ware 3 Reb
MNMTH:J. Steele 5 Ast
ND:G. Sherman 22 Pts
ND:G. Sherman 9 Reb
ND:E. Atkins 5 Ast

Related Video

November 18, 2014
Val Ackerman joins We Need To Talk (4:48)
November 18, 2014
Clark Kellogg on the Doug Gottlieb Show
(6:27)
November 17, 2014
Shaka Smart 'Father Figure'
(2:11)
November 14, 2014
Ed O'Bannon on the Doug Gottlieb Show
(8:28)
 
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
MonmouthNotre Dame
MNMTH
Dion Nesmith
ND
Garrick Sherman
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
13332290
Monmouth Hawks
D. Nesmith, G275-103-433313
J. Steele, G241-52-21514
E. Waite, F213-60-02056
A. Nicholas, G194-80-02209
M. Ware, F162-52-43056
T. O'Garro, F201-10-00032
K. Brown, F162-60-23144
G. Cox, F141-32-21004
S. Spinella, G121-32-32004
C. White, G121-40-01203
M. DiLeo, G100-12-20002
J. Palm, G90-20-01020
D. Jones, FDid Not Play
C. Stewart, GDid Not Play
Totals 21-5413-1919132357
 38.9%68.4% 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
E. Atkins, G352-40-01535
J. Grant, G342-70-22515
P. Connaughton, G-F275-100-015213
S. Martin, G223-71-48248
J. Cooley, F214-68-1292216
C. Biedscheid, F234-101-13529
G. Sherman, C228-106-790122
Z. Auguste, F92-30-03024
T. Knight, F30-00-00010
P. Crowley, G20-00-01000
A. Burgett, F21-10-01002
M. Broghammer, FDid Not Play
J. Brooks, GDid Not Play
E. Katenda, FDid Not Play
Totals 31-5816-2638241784
 53.4%61.5% 
MAAC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Canisius0-02-033
Fairfield0-01-1114
Iona0-01-1147
Niagara0-01-1129
Quinnipiac0-01-1227
Rider0-01-1307
Siena0-01-2128
Marist0-00-1317
Monmouth0-00-167
Manhattan0-00-2229
St. Peters0-00-3316

ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Duke0-03-030
Miami (Fla.)0-03-097
N.C. State0-03-067
Notre Dame0-03-0177
Virginia0-03-0133
Georgia Tech0-02-018
Louisville0-02-035
N. Carolina0-02-0103
Pittsburgh0-02-013
Va. Tech0-02-032
Boston College0-02-1102
Syracuse0-02-1217
Wake Forest0-02-112
Clemson0-01-1312
Florida St.0-01-1140
 
Other games
BUFF 68 Final
FSU 95
NDAK 61 Final
IND 87
UNF 66 Final
MEMP 81
IUPU 54 Final
MICH 91
NAU 54 Final
UNLV 92
WVU 50 Final
GONZ 84