SOUTH BEND, IN.– For the 18th consecutive time, Notre Dame has won their basketball home opener under a Mike Brey-coached team after defeating Mount Saint Mary’s 88-62 with ease.
First Half Summary
Notre Dame held an eight-point lead at the half, outscoring the Mountaineers 40-32 over the opening 20 minutes of play. The key stretch for the Irish came in a two-minute scoring run between the six and four-minute marks, as the Notre Dame defense stifled Mt. St. Mary’s which sparked an 11-0 run to put them on top 31-23.
Second Half Summary
The Irish came out of the halftime break and completely took control of the game, scoring 14 straight points to open the final half to go up by 22 points at 54-32. Notre Dame’s defense was incredible in the 14-point run, recording 10 consecutive stops to open the half. The Irish cruised the rest of the game, going on to win by a final score of 88-62.
Top Individual Performances
Bonzie Colson: 27 Points (11/15 FG, 1/1 3P, 4/4 FT), 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 31 minutes
Rex Pflueger: 13 Points (3/8 FG, 7/8 FT), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 33 minutes
Matt Farrell: 13 Points (5/15 FG, 2/6 3P, 1/1 FT), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 32 minutes
Going Inside the Numbers
Notre Dame once again had great shooting splits from each of the three main shooting categories. The Irish shot 33-63 (52.4%) on field goals, 4-12 (33.3%) from distance, and a respectable 18-19 (94.7) from the charity stripe. The Mount only shot 39.3 percent, 31.4 percent, and 75.0 percent on those splits not able to even match Notre Dame anywhere on the scoreboard.
Just like the season opener, Notre Dame not only won the battle for boards but was completely one-sided. The Irish grabbed 39 total rebounds (11 Offensives, 28 Defensives) compared to the Mountaineers 29 total rebounds (9 Offensives, 20 Defensives).
The Irish also won the ball handling and defensive battles. Notre Dame dished out 17 assists, led by Matt Farrell and Rex Pflueger who each had five. They only turned the ball over incredibly low 6 times. Moving on to the defense, Notre Dame swiped the ball 8 times from Mount Saint Mary’s and rejected 6 shots.
One Thing Worth Noting
Rex Pflueger posted career highs in points (14), rebounds (10) and free-throws made (eight) in the victory over Mount St. Mary’s.
UP NEXT: Notre Dame is at home again set to face Chicago State Thursday night at 7:00 PM Eastern. The Cougars were just blown out by 69 points to fellow Indiana college, Purdue. It should be another big Irish win!