Notre Dame needs Garrick Sherman, who has two years of postseason experience while at Michigan State, to keep contributing in March.
Sherman leads the way
Senior center Garrick Sherman cored a team-high 14 points in Notre Dame’s 73-57 loss to Louisville Saturday to close out the Big East Conference regular season. It was the third time this year he paced the Fighting Irish offensively and the eighth time he reached double figures. It was the ninth double-digit effort for the Michigan State transfer, who has a year of eligibility remaining.
Notre Dame (23-8, 11-7), which earned a No. 6 seed in the Big East Championship, which begins Tuesday, will take on the winner between No. 11 Rutgers and No. 14 DePaul. The Irish escaped with a 69-66 victory at home over Rutgers on Jan. 19 and topped DePaul twice this year (both overtimes)— 79-71 in Chicago on Feb. 2 and 82-78 in South Bend on Feb. 23.
2013 signees’ postseason roundup
New Haven (Ind.) High strong forward V.J. Beachem registered 23 points New Haven’s (18-6) 81-62 Class 4A sectional semifinal win over Wayne, and netted 11 first-quarter points in an 80-71 sectional final victory over Homestead. It was the Bulldogs’ first sectional crown since 1996 and Beachem finished with 22 points. The four-star talent and 247Sports’ No. 100 player nationally helped his team post a 65-60 victory over Northrop in a regional semifinal Saturday by putting up 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds. The Bulldogs fell in the finals later in the day to top-ranked Carmel, 63-57. Beachem scored 17 points in the contest.
St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia) shooting guard Steve Vasturia, a three-star shooting guard, ranked No. 175 overall by 247Sports, scored a game-high 27 points to lead his squad to a 48-33 win over Abington in a Class 4A first-round playoff game Saturday. Prep improved to 22-5 overall this season.
Two wins away
Notre Dame's current senior class needs two more wins this year to become the school's all-time winningest class. The group already has compiled the most league victories in any four-year span since the Irish joined the Big East in 1995. The group that played from 2007-11 collected a 96-42 overall record and 46-26 Big East mark. This year’s seniors have put up a 95-38 overall record and are 48-23 in conference play.
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