The Notre Dame Fighting Irish added another one to the win column Friday night, sporting their new bright green alternative jerseys, as they took down the Loyola (MD) Grey Hounds.
It was another blow out victory that begun with the Irish trailing 10-6 early in the first half, in which the Irish quickly responded. A quick three pointer by point guard Matt Farrell and lay up by captain VJ Beachem put the Irish back into the drivers seat at 11-10.
From that moment on, the Irish led the entire game and closed out the first half leading by 14 points.
Notre Dame opened the second half with their sights on putting the Grey Hounds away. With the score at 40-27, the Irish went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 20 points.
The Irish would eventually win the contest by 35 points with the score being 83-48 and improving to 3-0 on the season.
This was the Irish’s 3rd consecutive double digit win in which they have won by at least 25 points or more.
Once again VJ Beachem lead the Irish to victory with another solid performance Friday night against the Grey Hounds.
The senior captain scored 21 points, grabbed four boards, recorded four steals and blocked one shot. Beachem went 8-15 from the field and 3-7 from 3-point range. This is Beachem’s third consecutive game in which he has scored double digit figures.
Undersized forward Bonzie Colson continues to be a force in the paint as he dropped 19 points, grabbed seven boards and blocked an impressive four shots.
Guards Steve Vasturia and Matt Farrell continue to be key contributors to the offence, combining for 17 points, four steals, and seven assists.
While centre Martinas Geben once again had a quiet night on the offence, scoring only four points, he did record a career high 10 rebounds.
Most of the offensive production came from the starters as the Irish bench combined for only 22 points.
However, head coach Mike Brey has done a tremendous job with giving the young Irish players experience to boost their confidence before taking on bigger and better competition.
TJ Gibbs, Rex Pflueger, Austin Torres, Matt Ryan and Elijah Burns all continue to receive valuable minutes and contribute where necessary.
Newcomer John Mooney recorded his first collegiate points Friday night, scoring seven points, grabbing four rebounds and recording one steal. Mooney went 1-2 from beyond the arc and shot 75% from the field in only seven minutes of playing time.
Mooney tied with Pflueger with the most points scored from the Irish bench.
The Irish will now face a true test in the Colorado Buffaloes. While the last three games have been cake walks, the Irish will need their top performers in Beachem, Vasturia and Colson to get the ball running early.
Notre Dame needs to take advantage of the Buffaloes thin front court and move the ball inside to get the big men in foul trouble early.
The Irish will take on the Colorado Buffaloes at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York in the semi finals of the Legends Classic. Tip off is at 7 PM on Monday November 21st.