December 14, 2014 - by
Irish Too Much For Noles to Handle

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) –– Montay Brandon scored 14 points and Devon Bookert added 11 in his first game back from a foot injury, but it wasn’t enough in Florida State’s 83-63 loss at No. 25 Notre Dame.

Zach Auguste scored a career-high 26 points and Notre Dame made more than half its shots, beating FSU in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson each finished with 18 points for the Irish (10-1). Notre Dame took control with an 18-2 run midway through the first half, put together another big burst in the second half and wound up hitting 31 of 60 shots overall.

Florida State (4-5) struggled without leader scorer Aaron Thomas, who was averaging 14.8 points a game. He was declared ineligible for the season on Friday.

Grant and Jackson both scored seven points as the Irish went on a 20-4 run midway through the second half. Jackson’s dunk on a fast break made it 60-38.

Auguste shot 11 of 15 and had seven rebounds.

Bookert, who missed five straight games, did most of his damage from the 3-point line, where he finished 3 for 7.

Auguste finished the first half with a slam dunk to give the Irish an eight-point lead, then opened the second half with a layup. The Seminoles cut the lead to 40-34 on a pair of free throws by Jarquez Smith before Grant and Jackson took over.

Smith scored eight points for FSU and redshirt freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes had nine.

It looked early on as if Florida State might dominate inside. The Seminoles had twice as many rebounds as Notre Dame in the opening minutes and took a 19-15 lead on a layup by Boris Bojanovsky.

Auguste got the Irish going with a dunk and then 6-foot-5 swingman Pat Connaughton brought the home crowd to its feet when he blocked a shot by 7-1 Michael Ojo.

The fans got even louder when Grant followed that with a fastbreak dunk.

Florida State dropped to 10-14 in ACC openers. The Seminoles play five more nonconference games before getting back into ACC play against Virginia Tech on Jan. 6. That stretch begins Wednesday with a home tilt against North Florida.



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