CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped a hard-fought 50-49 overtime decision to the Virginia Cavaliers on the road Tuesday in a back-and-forth game that neither team led by more than five points.
Notre Dame’s overall record fell to 15-9 and conference record dropped to 6-7 following the defeat.
The Fighting Irish had three players score in double figures, led by Prentiss Hubb, who had 12 points, four assists and three steals. John Mooney added a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds and Nate Laszewski helped out with 11 points off of the bench.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling behind 10-7, Notre Dame went on a 5-0 run with 9:47 left in the first half, culminating in a three from Dane Goodwin, to take a 12-10 lead. The Fighting Irish then added two points to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 26-22 advantage. Notre Dame relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down five shots to account for 15 of its 26 points.
Virginia proceeded to take a 45-40 lead before Notre Dame went on a 7-0 run, finished off by T.J. Gibbs’ three, to seize a 47-45 lead with 2:41 to go in the contest. The Cavaliers then fought back to even things up at 47-47 and send the game to overtime. Notre Dame took care of business in the paint, recording 16 of its 21 points in the lane.
Virginia then edged ahead in overtime, leaving Notre Dame behind 50-49 at the final buzzer.
- Mooney recorded his 20th double-double of the season in just 23 games played. The senior has 41 career double-doubles, with 40 coming in the last two seasons.
- Mooney grabbed 14 rebounds to push his career total to 829, ranking fourth in the Mike Brey era for career rebounds.
- Hubb notched his 11th double-digit scoring performance of the season and 22nd of his career.
- Laszewski finished with 11 points, marking the ninth time this season and 18th time in his career he has scored at least 10 points.
The Fighting Irish complete their three-game road swing with a tough test at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 15, as Notre Dame takes on No. 7/7 Duke. The game will air on ESPN.