NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Prentiss Hubb totaled 18 points and John Mooney added 15 more, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Bellarmine Knights 61-51 at Purcell Pavilion Friday night.
Hubb led the way offensively for the Irish with the team-high 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting and 5-for-9 from behind the arc. Hubb also added a team-high eight assists.Mooney was at it again on the glass, adding 12 rebounds for the double double. Juwan Durham was one point shy of a double double with nine points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame started out the scoring by going on a 7-0 run, culminating in a three from Rex Pflueger, to take an early lead with 16:32 left in the first half. The Fighting Irish then added two points to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 30-21 advantage. Notre Dame relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down four shots to account for 12 of its 30 points.
The Irish lead got up to 13 early in the second half after a three from Hubb. Bellarmine tightened up defensively and slowly got back into the game as the second half wore on. The Knights trimmed the lead down to three twice with less than five minutes remaining but the Irish never wavered.
Following an Alex Cook layup to trim the lead to 54-51 with 2:25 remaining, the Irish responded with a Mooney layup to bring the lead back to five. The Irish scored the final seven points in the contest en route to the 61-51 victory.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Prentiss Hubb led the way with team highs in points (18), assists (8) and hit five of the eight three-pointers on the night for the Irish.
STAT OF THE GAME
Notre Dame did a great job disrupting Bellarmine shots in the contest, coming away with seven blocks. Durham’s five rejections led the way individually for the Fighting Irish.
- John Mooney notched a double-double for the Fighting Irish with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
- Notre Dame found success from beyond the arc, knocking down eight treys in the game.
- The Fighting Irish were active in affecting shots on the defensive end, tallying seven blocks as a team.
- Notre Dame cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 14 offensive boards in the game.
- Prentiss Hubb led the Fighting Irish with a game-high 18 points.
- Juwan Durham nabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to lead Notre Dame and John Mooney contributed 12.
Notre Dame opens up the 2019-20 regular season on the road as they travel to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on November 6. Wednesday’s season opener is set for a 7 p.m. tip on the ACC Network.