Irish Blow By Titans In Historic Offensive Performance

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame broke out on the offensive end in a big way on Tuesday evening inside Purcell Pavilion, tying two program single-game records on the way to defeating the University of Detroit Mercy by a score of 110-71.

The Irish dished out 33 assists, tying the Notre Dame program record, and made 20 three-pointers, which also tied the program record.

Six players finished in double figures in the scoring column, led by sophomore Dane Goodwin with a career-high 27 points. Others to finish with 10-plus points were T.J. Gibbs (18), Juwan Durham (16), John Mooney (15), Nate Laszewski (14) and Prentiss Hubb (13).


After jumping out to a 24-15 advantage, Notre Dame went on a 7-0 run with 9:53 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Goodwin, to increase its lead to 31-15. The Fighting Irish then maintained that lead and entered halftime with a 49-33 advantage. Notre Dame relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down seven shots to account for 21 of its 49 points.

Following intermission, Notre Dame kept widening that lead, expanding it to 65-48 before going on an 11-0 run, finished off by Goodwin’s three, to grow the lead to 76-48 with 12:14 to go in the contest. The Fighting Irish kept expanding the margin and coasted the rest of the way for the 110-71 win. Notre Dame shot well from three-point range in the half, hitting 13 shots from deep to score 39 of its 61 points.


On a night when numerous players filled up the stat sheet, Goodwin turned in the best performance of his career. The sophomore led the Irish in scoring with a career-high 27 points on an incredibly efficient 10-of-13 shooting from the floor. The guard went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and added seven boards and three assists to complete his magnificent performance.


The Irish had remarkable ball movement in the win, handing out 33 assists on 41 made baskets. The 33 assists tied for the most assists in a game in program history. The other 33 assist performance came against Manhattan on Feb. 19, 1986. Hubb led Notre Dame with a career-high 12 assists while Gibbs also recorded a career-best eight.


Notre Dame was on fire from beyond the arc, tying the program record with 20 three-point makes. The Irish finished 20-for-39 from three-point range, equaling the 20 makes in a win over Villanova on Feb. 28, 2011. Gibbs (6), Goodwin (5) and Laszewski (4) did the majority of the damage, combining for 15 makes from distance.


  • With the win the Irish improve to 42-12 against Detroit Mercy, including a record of 20-4 when playing at home.
  • The Irish shot a season-high 59.4 percent (41-of-69) from the field in the win.
  • The 110 points are the second most the Irish have scored during the Mike Brey era and the most the team has scored in a 40-minute game during his tenure.
  • Mooney recorded his seventh double-double in just nine games that he has played in this season, posting 15 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Hubb recorded the first double-double of his career with 13 points and a career-high 11 assists.
  • Goodwin’s career-high 27 points are the second most a Notre Dame player has scored in a game this season and the first 20-point performance of his career.
  • Gibbs matched his career high for three-point makes in a game with six and dished out a career-high nine assists.
  • Durham set his season high in blocks with five on the evening, marking his fourth game four or more blocks on the season.

The Fighting Irish renew a rivalry with UCLA, as Notre Dame hosts the Bruins at Purcell Pavilion at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 14. The game will air live on ABC and will also be available to stream via the WatchESPN app (subscription required).