TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five Fighting Irish put up double-digit points, but Notre Dame fell to No. 5/6 Florida State Seminoles 85-84 on the road Saturday evening.
The Fighting Irish had five players score in double figures, led by Prentiss Hubb, who had 24 points. John Mooney tacked on 16 points and Juwan Durham matched his career high with 16 points. Dane Goodwin added 12 points and T.J. Gibbs finished with 11.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame built an early 15-3 lead out of the gate, but Florida State controlled the remainder of the half, building 47-37 advantage after the opening 20 minutes of action.
Notre Dame narrowed its deficit to 85-79 before going on a 5-0 run, finished off by Durham’s layup, to shrink the deficit to 85-84 with 17 seconds to go in the contest, The Fighting Irish had a number of looks in the final possession but were unable to convert, losing 85-84. Notre Dame capitalized on nine Florida State turnovers in the period, collecting 14 points off those turnovers.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Hubb scored a game-high 24 points on the road, finishing just one point shy of matching his career high. The sophomore turned it on in the second half, pouring in 18 points in the final 20 minutes. Hubb was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line and added four rebounds, two steals and an assist.
STAT OF THE GAME
The Irish matched their season high in free-throws made on the year with 22 on Saturday evening. Notre Dame finished 22-of-27 from the charity stripe, shooting 81.5 percent.
- Mooney recorded his 17th game this season with at least 10 points and the 51st game of his career.
- Goodwin finished in double figures in the scoring column for the 13th time this season and 21st time in his career.
- Hubb scored 10 or more points for the 11th time this season and 22nd time in his career.
- Gibbs notched his 16th double-digit scoring performance of the season and 72ndt of his career.
- Durham finished with XX points, marking the seventh time this season and 12th time in his career he has scored at least 10 points.
The Fighting Irish return to Purcell Pavilion at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 29 to open up a three-game homestand. The game will air on ACCN and will also be available to stream via the WatchESPN app (subscription required).