A strong second half Notre Dame helped them win their third straight game, defeating Georgia Tech at home 68-59. The game came as the first in the ACC Conference portion of Notre Dame’s schedule who now is 1-0 in ACC play which will continue all season.
The Irish received a solid game from Bonzie Colson in addition to an all-around starting lineup performance. The senior poured in 22 points along with 17 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks being the sole leader in each area listed. Martinas Geben added 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Rex Pflueger finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Matt Farrell and TJ Gibbs each chipped in 10 points apiece.
Notre Dame winning by 9-points didn’t really stand out shooting the ball but was a better option than the Yellow Jackets. The Irish shot 23-60 from the field, 7-20 from deep, and 15-18 from the charity stripe. In addition to the shooting splits, Notre Dame added 45 total rebounds, 15 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks.
It was a cool day for head coach Mike Brey who tied Notre Dame Legend Digger Phelps with 393 wins for the Fighting Irish after Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. One more win can pass Phelps for the most all-time wins in school history.
“Full-time security will be with me now for 24 hours a day,” Brey said after he tied Phelps’ Fighting Irish men’s basketball wins record at 393. (ND Athletics)
Notre Dame was backed by a strong second half in which they outscored Georgia Tech 45-31. The Irish shockingly were outscored by the Yellow Jackets 28-23 at the break and woke up with a new demeanor in the second half. Jumping from 23 points to 45 points was clearly a big difference in the tone of their offense.
The Irish improve to 11-3 on the season, winners of three straight games. They will look to keep the win streak alive with a home game against NC State on Wednesday at 9:00 PM Eastern.