The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won in fashion Wednesday night to improve their record to 2-0 after a 92-49 blow out against the Seattle University Redhawks.
Early on in the game, the Irish were able to take full control of the game after an opening 4-2 lead for the Redhawks, and were hot from 3-point range. The Irish made 10 three pointers in the opening half; a big improvement from their last game where the Irish only made two three pointers against Bryant University.
On the night, the Irish shot 44.1% from beyond the arc, a big difference from their 18.8% from their last game, and shot 49.2% from the field.
The Irish led by double digits the remainder of the game after going on a 17-2 run and leading the Redhawks 19-6. The Irish took a commanding 31 point lead to end the half with the score at 56-25.
Out of the break, the Irish didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half, as they outscored the Redhawks 36-24 in the second half and improved to 2-0 with a 92-49 final score.
Notre Dame was led once again by both Bonzie Colson and VJ Beachem who each recorded 16 points in 23 minutes, while Steve Vasturia and point guard Matt Farrell each recorded 13 points.
Sophomore guard Rex Pflueger went 5-7 from the field, recorded 12 points and had 4 assists, while fellow sophomore forward Matt Ryan finally found his rhythm after a quiet first game.
Last game, while Ryan only played 13 minutes, he went 1-3 from the field and 0-2 from 3-point range.
Ryan was a key contributor to the 2015 Irish squad that went to the Elite 8. As a freshman, he averaged 5.4 points a game, shot 40.4% from the field and had a 34.4 three-point percentage. Despite being 6-7 in height, the talented forward can be a threat from the arc.
Against Seattle University, Ryan showed what he can do from downtown, hitting 3 three pointers, grabbing four boards and recording two assists.
Martinas Geben once again had a quiet night, playing 19 minutes, scoring only two points, grabbing four boards and blocking two shots. The Irish need to start getting more production out of the 6-10 junior from Lithuania, if they want to be competitive in the ACC.
One player that continues to receive more minutes is point guard TJ Gibbs. The talented freshman played 20 minutes, scored 11 points, had five assists and stole the ball three times.
So far in the first two games, the Irish have done a tremendous job minimizing their turnovers, as they have only committed three in their first game and eight against Seattle. Notre Dame forced 21 turnovers Wednesday night, with Gibbs leading the Irish in steals.
The Irish continued to show their accuracy from the free-throw line, going 13-of-16 for the game. The Irish rank 3rd in the country in free throw percentage.
Notre Dame is back at it on Friday November 18th at 7 PM, when they take on the Loyala(MD) Greyhounds at home.