Notre Dame men lose Sherman for finale

South Bend Tribune

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Another week, another round of adversity for the Notre Dame men's basketball team.

Fifth-year captain Garrick Sherman has been sidelined for Monday's season finale against No. 14 North Carolina after re-injuring his right pinkie finger in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh.

It's the first game Sherman has missed because of injury in his two-year Irish career. No Sherman means the Irish will start their 12th different lineup.

Sherman was on the bench in a sweat suit during the Irish warm-ups about 90 minutes before Monday's game.

One of three Irish to appear and start in all 30 games before Monday, Sherman was averaging 13.8 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds. He scored 17 points with six rebounds in the first meeting with North Carolina last month in South Bend.

Sherman originally suffered the injury early in a double-overtime win over Clemson on Feb. 11. He further injured the finger when his hand was hit during the first half of Saturday's home loss.

Notre Dame's Garrick Sherman (11) fights for a rebound with Georgia Tech's Corey Heyward (30) and Marcus Georges-Hunt Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in an ACC game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ