Marian HS grads battle as Irish host Cornell in college hoops

Who would have ever thought two Marian High School graduates would be squaring off in a Division I College basketball game at Notre Dame.

That was the case Sunday afternoon as Notre Dame freshman Demetrius Jackson squared off with Cornell sophomore Robert Mischler.

Mischler and Cornell made the 12-hour bus ride from upstate New York with Mischler hosting his teammates for dinner on Saturday night.

While Jackson was making his first career start at Notre Dame, Mischler saw limited action. But when he checked in with 4:00 left in the 1st half--it was the two Marian grads guarding each other.

"It reminded me of the days of open gym in high school," Jackson said. "Very cool to guard Robert. He's a very good player and I've very happy for him."

"It was something I'll never forget," Mischler explained. "I always dreamed about playing at the Joyce Center when I was a kid growing up and playing alongside Demetrius and guarding him for just a little bit was definitely something special."

Mischler even hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the game to cap off the day.

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