Nothing quite says Big East basketball like 45 combined points in the first half of a game, but as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish head into the locker room down 24-21 at the half to the Connecticut Huskies, it's safe to say that Irish coach Mike Brey will no complaints. The Irish only made eight field goals in the first half, but four of them were from downtown, which helped them stick with a Huskies team that shot 50% from the field in the first 20 minutes.
The Irish were led in the half their backcourt, with Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins combining to score 11 of Notre Dame's 21 first half points. But it wasn't easy for either, as those 11 points came on a combined 4-11 shooting, though a three pointer from each helped their cause. The Huskies were paced by center Andre Drummond and forward Jeremy Lamb, who totaled 15 of the UConn's 24 points, with Drummond also adding four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
In his anticipated return of an NCAA embargo, UConn guard Ryan Boatright finished the half with two points on a single shot, to go along with an assist and a rebound.
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