After suffering their first loss of the season to a very tough opponent, Notre Dame drew back on track with a 71-53 home win over St. Francis (Brooklyn).
First and Second Half Summary
Notre Dame started off the game to a slow start in the first half but closed out strong. Notre Dame outscored the Terriers 22-6 over the last eight minutes of play to take a large 18-point advantage into the half at 43-25. Neither side would find a rhythm on offense in the final half primarily because of the large lead and Notre Dame being in cruise control. It would not be until the final 5 minutes, where the Irish found success with a 9-4 scoring run to close out the game.
Individual Player Performances
Martinas Geben: 14 points (4/6 FG, 6/6 FT), 10 rebounds, 1 block, 27 minutes
Bonzie Colson: 13 points (5/11 FG, 3/4 FT), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 blocks, 26 minutes
Matt Farrell: 12 points (4/14 FG, 4/6 FT), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 32 minutes
Going Inside the Team Numbers
As a whole, Notre Dame shot 24-58 (41.4%) on field goals, 3-14 (21.4%) on three-pointers, and 20-29 (69.0%) on free throws. Additionally, the Irish hauled in 43 total rebounds with 14 on offense and 29 on defense. Finally, Notre Dame dished out 10 assists, stole the ball 9 times, rejected 6 shots, while only committing 10 turnovers. The defensive playmaking was the one area that stood out for the Irish, who won the battle handily with St. Francis only racking up 2 steals and 3 blocks.
Stat Nuggets for Notre Dame
- Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey now has 389 victories as Notre Dame’s head coach and is just five shy of passing Digger Phelps as the outright all-time program record holder.
- The Irish are now 3-0 against St. Francis Brooklyn in the all-time series.
- With 13 points in limited action, Colson has now finished in double figures in the scoring column in all eight games this season.
- Farrell has finished with 10+ points in all eight games during his senior campaign.
- After Sunday’s 3-for-5 effort from the field, Geben is shooting 77.1 percent from the floor this season, making 27-of-35 attempts.
- Gibbs has scored double-digit points in five of his eight games this season.
- With 10 points, Harvey finished with 10+ points for the third time during the 2017-18 season.
Notre Dame will face fellow Indiana school, Ball State, on Tuesday at 7:00 PM Eastern in South Bend.