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.