Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey had plenty to crow about following Luke Harangody’s 31-point performance against Georgetown in the 73-67 victory by the Irish at the Joyce Center.
But he paid tribute to the impressive showing of the Hoyas’s center forward Greg Monroe, who turned in his first double-double of the season (21 points, 10 rebounds).
“He’s a fabulous young talent,” Brey said of the 18-year-old Monroe. “When you have the length and footwork and hands that young man has, he’s very hard to defend. And he was hard for us to defend in the second half. As he gets older and stronger he’s going to get even better. And he has a great demeanor; he doesn’t get rattled.”
Monday’s game saw the first extended minutes of the season for freshmen Jason Clark and Henry Sims. Clark was active on both ends of the court in his 24 minutes (five points, four rebounds). Sim was called on to help rein in Harangody after junior forward DaJuan Summers drew early fouls. In 14 minutes’ work, Sims scored two points, grabbed a pair of rebounds and one steal. Combined with Omar Wattad’s three-pointer in the first half, the Hoyas’ bench outscored Notre Dame’s, 10-5.
January 6, 2009; 9:32 AM ET
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