NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame Upends Sam Houston State

SOUTH BEND IN - SEPTEMBER 04: The "Golden Dome" is seen on the campus of Notre Dame University before a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium on September 4 2010 in South Bend Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Pat Connaughton scored 24 points to lead Notre Dame past Sam Houston State.

Freshman guard Pat Connaughton was highly regarded out of Saint John's Prep in Massachusetts, and had shown flashes during Notre Dame's 2-0 start this season. But after going off the way he did on Wednesday night against Sam Houston St. in the Progressive CBE Classic, Connaughton should prepare himself to encounter more attention than he's ever received before.

The 6'4 guard came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points and add five assists to help lead Notre Dame to a 74-41 win over the Bearkats. 

Sophomore guard Jerian Grant wasn't shabby, either. Grant finished with 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds on 6-of-6 shooting. Senior Scott Martin added 11 points and five rebounds in the win.

The Irish shot 52.9 percent from the floor while holding Sam Houston St. to 34 percent shooting. The Bearkats turned the ball over 18 times compared to nine for Notre Dame.

Sam Houston State was led by Marcus James, who contributed 16 points and eight rebounds.

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