Grant leads Notre Dame in win over Cornell
SOUTH BEND — As Notre Dame coach Mike Brey continues to tinker with his lineup early in the season, he decided Sunday to go small and see what he got.
Brey inserted freshman Demetrius Jackson into the lineup to give the Fighting Irish three guards to go with guard/forward Pat Connaughton and center Garrick Sherman. That lineup responded with Notre Dame’s highest scoring game this season, a 101-67 rout of Cornell at Purcell Pavilion.
Jerian Grant scored 20 points to reach 1,000 for his career, Eric Atkins added 19 points and Connaughton had 18 points and 10 rebounds as all five Irish starters reached double figures.
“We just wanted to start a different way,” Brey said. “I’ve liked that lineup in stretches in previous games, and I liked it in practice.
“I’m still searching.”
Despite the success his guard-heavy group had against Cornell, nothing is set in stone. With a trip to face No. 23 Iowa in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Tuesday, Brey still isn’t sure which lineup will be on the floor at any given time.