NOTRE DAME, Ind. – John Mooney turned in a monstrous performance with 28 points and 16 rebounds to help the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat the Marshall Thundering Herd 74-64 inside Purcell Pavilion on Friday evening.
The victory moved Notre Dame’s overall record to 3-1, including a 3-0 mark at home.
Joining Mooney in double-figure scoring on the evening was senior T.J. Gibbs (15 points) and sophomore Dane Goodwin (11 points).
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the score tied at 4-4 early, Notre Dame went on a 9-0 run with 17:59 left in the first half, culminating in a three from Gibbs, to take a 13-4 lead. The Fighting Irish then added two points to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 40-29 advantage. Notre Dame capitalized on 10 Marshall turnovers in the period, turning them into 10 points on the other end of the floor.
Notre Dame kept its lead intact before going on a 5-0 run, finished off by Mooney’s three, to grow the lead to 45-32 with 18:39 to go in the contest. The Thundering Herd narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Fighting Irish still cruised the rest of the way for the 74-64 win. Notre Dame got a boost from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for 10 of its 34 total points.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Mooney scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down a game-high 16 boards to complete his third double-double in just four games this season. Mooney rounded out his game with two assists and two steals to put an exclamation mark on his stellar performance.
STAT OF THE GAME
Notre Dame forced 17 Marshall turnovers while committing just eight themselves in Friday’s game. The Fighting Irish turned those takeaways into 14 points on the offensive end of the floor. Gibbs led the way individually with three steals.
- Mooney notched an impressive double-double, his third of the season and 24th of his career.
- Notre Dame never trailed on the way to the 74-64 victory.
- Notre Dame had a stellar day defensively, holding Marshall to 18% from beyond the arc on 22 attempts.
- Notre Dame had a 54-43 edge on the boards in the win.
- The Notre Dame defense forced 17 turnovers.
- Notre Dame cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 22 offensive boards in the game.
- Goodwin recorded double-digit points for the third time this season and 11th time in his career.
- Gibbs scored 10 or more points for the third time this season and 59th time in his career.
The Fighting Irish are back in action at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 18, when they will host Presbyterian at Purcell Pavilion. The game will air live on ACCNX via the WatchESPN app (subscription required).