John Mooney vs Howard

Irish And Thundering Herd Meet For First Time In 106 Years


The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (2-1) continues its home stand at Purcell Pavilion Friday night for the third game of the Men Against Breast Cancer Invitational, facing Marshall (1-1) at 7 p.m. ET (ACC Network Extra).

  • Tuesday marks the second meeting between Notre Dame and Marshall – the first since Feb. 8, 1913.
  • The Irish continue a six-game home stand on Friday, as the MABC Invitational continues with Toledo (Nov. 21) at Purcell Pavilion, along with non-invitational games with Presbyterian (Nov. 18) and Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 26).
  • Notre Dame is coming off its second consecutive victory, defeating Howard 79-50 on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Senior John Mooney led the Irish with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while senior Juwan Durham chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
DateFriday, November 15, 2019
Time7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
• Notre Dame, IN
• Capacity 9,149
TV:ACC Network Extra
• Austin Rooney (play-by-play)
• Mike Lightfoot (analysis)
• Mia Berry (sideline)
Radio:Notre Dame Radio Network
• Jack Nolan (play-by-play)
• Zach Hillesland (analyst)
Tickets: Tickets are available at



The 2019-20 season marks the second consecutive – and the second in program history – that the Irish will have hosted an in-season exempt tournament on campus. Notre Dame finished 3-1 in last season’s Gotham Classic and will welcome four teams to Purcell Pavilion over the next two weeks as part of the Men Against Breast Cancer Invitational.


Senior John Mooney scored 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in the victory over Howard on Tuesday. That is the fourth 15-plus points, 15-plus rebounds performance of his career. Mooney scored 18 points with 20 rebounds against Clemson on March 6, 2019; 19 points with 16 rebounds against NC State on Jan. 19, 2019 and 16 points with 19 rebounds at North Carolina on Jan. 15, 2019.

In addition, Mooney joins Pat Garrity (once) and Luke Harangody (twice) as the only Irish players since 1996-97 to post a single game with 15-plus rebounds, 15-plus points and 5-plus assists.


Notre Dame is fifth all-time in NCAA history in number of career 1,000 point scorers as 63 players have achieved that miletsone during their time in an Irish uniform. T.J. Gibbs joined that group last season, while John Mooney looks to become the 64th player to score 1,000 points later this season.


Marshall is the first Conference USA opponent the Irish face this season. Notre Dame is 12-4 (.750) all-time against teams from C-USA with SMU (4-1) the most frequent opponent from the current C-USA members.


Notre Dame has won 13 of its last 14 in-season tournament games dating back to the 2016-17 season. That run of games includes the 2016 Legends Classic title and the 2017 Maui Invitational championship. See page 5 and 6 for a complete history of Notre Dame for in-game tournaments.


With 18 points and 16 rebounds in the home opener against Howard, John Mooney recorded the 23rd double-double of his career and first of the season. He is now tied with Gary Novak for 20th all-time on the Notre Dame double-double career list (one behind current Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams who posted 24 in his career with the Irish from 1989-94).


In its first two home games of the season, Notre Dame has combined to shoot .538 from the floor (63-117) – the best two-game run since the Irish went 59-102 (.578) at Boston College (Feb. 17, 2018, W, 84-67) and versus Miami (Feb. 19, 2018, L, 74-77). 


Senior Juwan Durham, who shot .575 from the floor last season and is 9-13 in 2019-20 (.692) boasts a .588 career field goal percentage. That percentage would rank him fifth of players from the Mike Brey era who have attempted at least 100 career field goals.


Number of years since Notre Dame and Marshall have met in men’s basketball. On Feb. 8, 1913, the Irish traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, to earn a 27-9 victory over the Thundering Herd. See page 3 for more details on the 1913 game and the amazing road trip the Irish undertook that season.


Rex Pflueger and T.J. Gibbs have joined an exclusive Notre Dame men’s basketball club. They are the 12th and 13th players since 1996-97 to post 200 assists and 100 steals in a career. Pflueger has 246 assists and 106 steals, while Gibbs has posted 291 assists and 104 steals.


The Thundering Herd visit to Purcell Pavilion has been 106 years in waiting. The 1912-13 season featured a road trip that would make any modern college basketball team cringe. Over an eight-day span Notre Dame played eight games in eight different cities, facing teams from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and, of course, West Virginia.

The trip to Huntington was the fourth game in the trip for the Irish, who prevailed 27-9. While personal statistics are not available, The Scholastic (Notre Dame’s student periodical of the time) credited Joe Kenny who “worked during the entire Marshall game, when it was found advisable to give Granfield a rest, and easily upheld traditions with regards to the duties of Notre Dame forwards.”

Notre Dame finished 6-2 on the trip, with losses at Denison (as The Scholastic remarked “a surprisingly strong opponent and an unusually small floor” contributed to the setback) and Michigan State. Incidentally, the Michigan State home court at the time –The Armory – was notorious for having girders across the top of the court that blocked the arc of many shots. Only the home team, known as The Aggies at that time, knew the best places on the floor to be able to attempt shots.