SOUTH BEND, Ind. —
"He's active and he gives us good stuff," Brey said of Burgett. "He's fouled out of two games, I don't care. He's all over the place. He's really a key for us."
Jackson hit a 3-pointer and also converted a three-point play during Notre Dame's second half run, a big moment for the freshman in Brey's eyes.
"That might have been the most enjoyable play of the night for me because it was like, 'Wow, our young guy just had to make one at a key time and did,'" Brey said. "So we want to build on that."
Santa Clara used four early Irish turnovers to take a five-point lead, but a 7-0 Notre Dame run gave the advantage back to the Irish, 7:10 into the first half.
The lead changed hands 12 times in the first half, until Notre Dame went on a 10-0 run with 4:05 left before halftime to go up by nine points. The run was fueled by 3-pointers from Grant and Atkins, but also featured the hustle by Burgett, who in one sequence had a steal, grabbed an offensive rebound on the other end, and eventually got the assist on Grant's 3 from the left wing.
"I think with that lineup there we can really get out on the court and run the floor and spread people out," Burgett said. "So move and cut went well on offense. Then on the defensive end with those five we can really guard the ball well, we can switch if we have to and we don't have any lineup issues."
Grant scored the last seven points of that first half run.
"The beauty of their team is they've got a lot of older guys who have been through the wars," Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating said. "You've got to kind of pick your poison, and (Grant) did what he's supposed to do. He's a very good player and he'll probably make a lot of money playing basketball someday."
Notre Dame led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Clark's drive to the bucket with four seconds left cut it to a six-point Irish lead at halftime.
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