NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame (13-13, 3-10 ACC) suffered a difficult loss to Wake Forest (10-15, 3-10 ACC) by a final score of 75-68 on Tuesday evening inside Purcell Pavilion.
Despite the defeat, junior T.J. Gibbs excelled, scoring a season-high 23 points on only 12 shots. Junior John Mooney provided his usual steady contribution with 16 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Prentiss Hubb added 11 points as well as a career-high nine assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Gibbs started off the game on fire, hitting his first six shots of the game. He ended up scoring 17 of Notre Dame’s 36 first half points. Hubb added seven points as the Irish ended the first half with the lead against the Demon Deacons 36-35.
The second half saw John Mooney start hitting his shots, scoring 13 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes. This was aided by a burst of playmaking from Hubb, who picked up six assists in the second frame. However, a cold stretch of shooting to end the game doomed the Irish, losing against the Demon Deacons by a final of 75-68.
NOTRE DAME PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gibbs torched the nets in the first half, scoring 17 points from all over the court. He’d finish the night with 23 points, which was a season high for him. This continues a strong run of games for Gibbs, who has averaged 20 points per game over his last three outings.
NOTRE DAME STAT OF THE GAME
Of Notre Dame’s 23 made field goals, 16 of them were assisted. This was led largely by Hubb, who had a career-high nine dimes.
NOTES OF THE GAME
- Mooney scored 16 points, marking the 22nd time he has reached double figures in the points column this season.
- Gibbs scored a season-high 23 points and has scored at least 20 points for the second time this season and 11th time in his career.
- Hubb recorded double-digit points for the 10th time this season, scoring 11 against the Demon Deacons.
- Hubb was the main distributor for the Irish on Tuesday, dishing out a career-high nine assists.
Notre Dame is back in action in Purcell Pavilion at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 23, as it hosts No. 20/18 Virginia Tech. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
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