There isn’t much that can come in the way of Notre Dame basketball and a victory. Late Tuesday night was another case of that, as the #13 ranked Irish rolled to their fifth victory on the new season who have yet to lose. Notre Dame absolutely destroyed LSU 92-53 in the Maui Invitational, one night after they handled Chaminade with ease.
First Half Summary
The opening half just like every other one wasn’t even close, completely one-sided in favor of Notre Dame. On their first possession of the game, Temple Gibbs knocked down a three-point jumper off an assist from Matt Farrell which really broke the ice in a great first half. At the 14:07-minute mark, Rex Pflueger knocked down a jumper which led to a huge scoring outburst from Notre Dame to pull away from the Tigers. That basket was the first two points of a 15-3 scoring run, that gave them the 27-11 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first half. Notre Dame put the rest of the opening half on cruise control, leading by a large margin 40-24 at the break.
Second Half Summary
The final half of action is where the blowout started and finished for Notre Dame. The second half itself started out close, with the Irish and Tigers exchanging buckets for the first two minutes in what looked like could possibly be a close game. Notre Dame shut down those chances, with an 18-3 scoring run spanning from the 16:50 mark to the 12:01, just under five minutes. That run sunk the Tigers chances, with a 66-35 Notre Dame lead too large to overcome. After closing out the half on another one-sided scoring run, the Irish ended up outscoring LSU 52-29 in the second half alone.
Top Individual Performances
Temple Gibbs: 26 Points (9/15 FG, 6/10 3P, 2/2 FT), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 32 minutes
Matt Farrell: 17 Points (5/14 FG, 4/10 3P, 3/3 FT), 1 rebound, 7 assists, 1 steal, 31 minutes
Bonzie Colson: 12 Points (5/11 FG, 1/3 3P, 1/3 FT), 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, 29 minutes
Martinas Geben: 10 Points (4/4 FG, 2/3 FT), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 17 minutes
Going Inside the Numbers
Notre Dame for the second straight day put up fantastic shooting splits. They shot 33-64 (51.6%) on field goals, 15-32 (46.9%) on three-pointers, and 11-17 (64.7%) on free throws. LSU only shot 19-52, 6-23, and 9-12 on those basic numbers which were not strong enough to compete with Notre Dame. There should be no comparison between both sides because the Irish completely dominated.
The Battle for the Boards once again favored the Irish, who had 35 total with 12 offensive and 23 defensive. They were led by Bonzie Colson who put up double-digit rebounding with 11 total. LSU only put up 23 total rebounds, including 11 offensive and 21 defensive.
For every other statistic, Notre Dame was the better team with 18 assists, 12 steals, 2 blocks, while only committing 6 turnovers. LSU wasn’t anywhere close to those numbers with 9 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks, and 17 total turnovers.
One Thing Worth Noting
Notre Dame forced the Tigers into 17 turnovers, with 12 coming from the steal (season-high), according to Notre Dame Athletics Department.
The Irish will play Witchita State in the Maui Invitational championship game at 10:30 PM Eastern on ESPN 2.