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November 23, 2013

Notre Dame bounces back against Santa Clara 84-69

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When Mike Brey went small Friday night, he looked to his bench.

Austin Burgett and Demetrius Jackson responded.

Jerian Grant may have led the way for Notre Dame, scoring 20 points in an 84-69 win over Santa Clara at Purcell Pavilion, but a smaller lineup with Burgett and Jackson provided the spark to help the Irish bounce back from a rare November loss.

Burgett grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds and added a defensive presence with two steals and a block. Jackson had 13 points and eight rebounds, but also ran the offense down the stretch as Notre Dame (3-1) came off a five-day layoff following its first November home loss since 1998, and first in Brey's 14 years as coach, an 83-70 defeat by Indiana State last Sunday.

"Our smaller lineup was very good," Brey said. "It's the first time with the lights on, that group having to make some plays. I was really pleased with it. I thought (Jackson) gave us a real presence."

Garrick Sherman and Eric Atkins each added 16 points for Notre Dame, which started the game with forward Tom Knight, but went to Burgett and the smaller group midway through the first half.

Santa Clara (2-2), also idle since Sunday, lost its second straight game. The Broncos were led by Brandon Clark's 21 points, and Jared Brownridge added 16.

Early in the second half, Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton stole the ball and passed ahead to Grant, who missed a wide-open dunk. John McArthur's jumper on the other end got the Broncos within four points, which they would do three more times in the second half before the Irish pulled away.

Burgett's blocked shot and dunk on the other end with 8:35 to play highlighted a 12-0 run by Notre Dame that put the Irish ahead by 16 points, finally giving them some breathing room in an otherwise tight game.

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