By Chris Slone
January 24, 2014
The Notre Dame Titans picked up their 14th win of the season Friday after beating Green 61-39 in an SOC I conference matchup Friday evening.
The game was a lot closer than the final score indicated. The Titans took a 32-27 lead into the break after Trent Marcum and Caleb Johnson found the stroke from long range.
Marcum hit two of his four 3-point field goals in the second quarter on his way to a 23-point outing. Johnson hit three treys of his own, all in the first quarter, to finish with nine points on the evening.
“The first half, we had trouble guarding them,” Notre Dame coach Matt Mader said. “Brody Stormes did a nice job of handling the ball and we couldn’t stay in front of him. He did a nice job of getting Marcum and Johnson open looks, and they knocked the shots down.”
Notre Dame (14-2) was caught off guard with the intensity displayed by Green early in the contest.
“They out hustled us in the first half, they got to a lot of rebounds and had us on our heels,” Mader said.
Titans’ senior Will Toleman led the way with 15 points and seven rebounds.
“He’s a senior, but it’s only his second year of high school basketball,” Mader said. “He does a nice job of attacking the offensive glass. He finished well around the basket tonight. He’s getting better and better as he gets more court time.”
Ogg also recorded seven boards while chipping in 12 points for Notre Dame.
“Daniel has been pretty consistent inside,” Mader said. “It provides us a nice one-two punch inside.”
C.J. Smith continued his strong play for the Titans, scoring 14 points, nine of which where scored from behind the arc. Smith has consistently performed at a high level for Notre Dame. However, Smith struggled to find his rhythm last time out against Minford. Mader was anxious to see how Smith would respond against the Bobcats.
“C.J. has been able to score consistently all year,” Mader said. “Tonight, with the inside presence, they were forced to double down, so we kicked the ball out and C.J was able to hit three 3-pointers. He struggled last time out against Minford, but he didn’t hang his head, he came ready to play tonight.”
The Titans are back in action Saturday in the Hall of Fame Classic as Notre Dame prepares to take on Ironton St. Joseph, which will be held at Ironton.
Notre Dame played the Flyers in the opening contest of the season and came out victorious in that contest by winning 48-37 at home.
“We opened up the year with them at home,” Mader said. “They are playing really good basketball. We are going to get refocused on them pretty quickly. We don’t have a big turn around. They like to get up and down, trap you and play an up and down game. It’s going to be a big challenge for us with the quick turn around.”
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Green 15 12 8 4 — 39
Notre Dame 21 11 17 12 — 61
Green — Lewis 1-0-2, Stormes 1-1-3, Gaffney 1-0-2, Marcum 7-5-23, Johnson 3-0-9. Totals 13-6-39.
Notre Dame —D. Smith 2-3-8, Kayser 2-0-5, Phillips 1-0-2, Haney 1-0-3, Toleman 7-1-15, Turner 1-0-2, C. Smith 5-1-14, Ogg 6-0-12. Totals 24-5-61.
3-point field goals — Green 7 (Marcum 4, Johnson 3); Notre Dame 6 (C. Smith 3, Haney 1, D. Smith 1, Kayser 1)
Records — Green N/A; Notre Dame 14-2 (9-1)