Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Mike Brey needed a spark for a struggling team that lost three straight home games to Big East Conference opponents. In the second half of Wednesday nights game against the Villanova Wildcats, Brey got the spark he was looking from freshman Cameron Biedscheid who led Notre Dame (17-4, 5-3) to 65-60 victory.
Biedscheid, who came off the bench to score a career high 18 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Biedscheid gave the Irish a presence from long range knocking down five out of seven three pointers, something they were missing in recent games.
While Biedscheid bombed away from long range, Jack Cooley once again was a force in the paint. Cooley had a double-double for Notre Dame scoring 17 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. Cooley pulled down a key rebound with 14 seconds left and knocked down both free throws to ice the game for Notre Dame.
Cooley was not the only force down low for the Irish. Senior forward Tom Knight got the start and made the most of his opportunity scoring 10 points for Notre Dame. Knight started once again for the injured Scott Martin, who could be out for an extended period of time due to reoccurring knee problems.
Knight is emerging as a force for the Irish posting back to back strong games, Knight had 17 points in Saturdays victory at South Florida.
Junior Jerian Grant had another solid outing also posting a double-double for Notre Dame. Grant unselfish play was key for Notre Dame as he drove the lane setting up Biedscheid for his first of five three pointers. Grant finished the game with 10 assists and 12 points.
The victory was key for Notre Dame, who had been struggling lately after a great start to the season. The Irish are currently tied for fourth in the Big East and can pick up some ground on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Chicago to take on the DePaul Blue Demons.