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Cornette, Jones, Timmermans game-time decisions

Matt Lozar | Wednesday, December 10, 2003

If it’s up to Notre Dame guard Torrian Jones, coach Mike Brey would have to do everything in his power to keep the senior co-captain out of tonight’s game.

“He would have to hurt me himself to keep me out of this game,” Jones said. “There’s no way I’m sitting out of this Indiana game.”

Jones missed the Central Michigan game due to a hip injury. He participated in half of practice Monday and was scheduled to practice at full speed Tuesday. According to Jones, barring any setbacks, he felt he would be ready for the Hoosiers.

Meanwhile, Tom Timmermans wasn’t in his practice jersey for Tuesday’s practice and it doesn’t appear his chances of playing tonight are very high. Jordan Cornette hasn’t missed any game time, but is still battling a knee injury.

Brey says all decisions regarding players with injuries will be made this afternoon.

“I think what you probably do is make a decision at the shootaround [today] at 4 p.m. That’s what we’ve done in the past,” Brey said. “You kind of have to do it that way, just to see where everybody is physically, almost like a game-time decision.

Quinn keeps shooting

Guard Chris Quinn had a shooting week to forget.

At Marquette, the sophomore finished 1-of-7 from behind the arc, and he was 2-of-5 on 3-pointers against Central Michigan. Overall, Quinn’s field goal percentage last week was 25 percent.

Coming into this year, Brey was looking to Quinn to be a consistent scorer, and become the third scoring option for the Irish. That’s why everybody on the Irish continues to encourage Quinn to be aggressive and take the open shot.

“[The slump] was a couple of misses combined with some tough shots I had to take, I’m not worried about it. I’m just going to keep playing like I am,” Quinn said. “Coach [Brey] and everybody else on team is always telling me to keep shooting.”

Turnovers up, assists down

Since only committing eight turnovers against Northern Illinois, the Irish have averaged 15.7 turnovers a game in the three games since the season opener.

But Brey isn’t concerned.

“I don’t really mind our turnover average,” he said. “I think our assists not being there, that’s [been caused] a little bit of our shooting and a little bit of our shot selection. I don’t think our turnovers are a huge problem right now.”

So far this season, the Irish have 55 turnovers compared to 53 assists. Brey blames the lacks of assists to his team’s impatience on the offensive end.

“I still think we can be more efficient offensively and swing it a little bit more,” Brey said. “We’ve shot it a little quick in here. We’ve gotten excited to play. We play like there is a 15 second clock instead of a 35 second clock, so we have to be more patient.”