WASHINGTON - Dozens of family members and friends looked on in the
Verizon Center stands as Notre Dame sophomore Jerian Grant did all he
could to enjoy a happy homecoming Sunday against Maryland.
Grant matched his career high with 20 points. He had four rebounds
with three assists and two steals. He played 39 minutes. But he and
his teammates still couldn’t figure it all out, couldn’t deliver on
the tough stuff with a game away from home there for the taking.
Instead of heading back to Indiana happy and confident and believing
in themselves, the Irish again were forced to pick up the post-game
pieces following a 78-71 loss in the 17th annual BB&T Classic.
“It’s just making the right decision — having the ball in the right
guy’s hands and being able to make that shot, being able to make that
extra play,” Grant said. “We had it. We had this game.
“Not getting this win is really frustrating.”
Notre Dame led early by as many as seven and trailed by as many as 11
midway through the second half.
Notre Dame (5-4) has lost consecutive games for a second time this
season. It looked for a stretch that this one might follow in the
footsteps of Missouri and Gonzaga — lopsided losses when Notre Dame