SOUTH BEND, IN. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish opened their three game preseason slate against neighbour Holy Cross College Saints, notching a 97-57 victory on Friday night.
While Friday’s victory was a predictable result for the 2017-2018 Irish, it was a good way to get back into the routine of playing games and a chance to work out the kinks before the regular season.
But the win against Holy Cross wasn’t the only victory Notre Dame achieved. The main reason why a third preseason game was scheduled was to support hurricane relief efforts, with all proceeds going towards helping though’s affected in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from the various natural disasters that took place over the summer months.
Notre Dame controlled the tempo of the game in its entirety, scoring 21 straight points after only initially leading by three at the beginning.
After scoring 21 straight points, and leading 30-6, the Irish only gave up 13 more points by the end of the half and led 49-19.
As the second half got rolling, the Irish did not take their foot off the gas, as they scored 48 more points. The likes of Rex Pflueger, Martinas Geben and Nikola Djogo all scored in double figures and accounted for 34 of the team’s 48 points scored in the second half. The Irish went on to win 97-57.
Geben led the way for the Irish, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while Bonzie Colson joined his fellow teammate in the double-double club, scoring 13 points and recording 13 rebounds.
As mentioned above, Djogo and Pflueger each recorded double digit figures in the second half alone, but the two finished with great numbers. Nikola scored 15 total points while Rex dropped 18 total points, on 7 for 10 shooting, and grabbed eight rebounds.
Matt Farrell was the fifth Irish player to record double digit figures as he scored 15 points, going 6 for 8 from the field while Irish freshman D.J. Harvey made his debut, contributing six points and grabbing seven rebounds.
While it is unknown how much money was raised for hurricane relief efforts, Notre Dame and Holy Cross’ display of philanthropy was what college basketball needed in a time where fraud and corruption has branded the sport due to recent events.
Notre dame is now 35-0 in preseason games under Head Coach Mike Brey, with the Irish hoping to extend that streak to 36 as they welcome Bethel College to South Bend on November 3rd.
Starting the 2017-18 season on the road, the Irish will visit the DePaul Blue Demons on November 11th, with tip-off set for 4 PM.