Freshman Dane Goodwin scored a career-high 19 points and sophomore D.J. Harvey matched a career high with 19 as Notre Dame rolled to a 100-74 victory over Jacksonville on Thursday night.
T.J. Gibbs added 18 points and seven assists as the Fighting Irish improved to 9-3 with their third straight win. John Mooney’s 16 points included 6-of-6 shooting from the field with a 3-pointer.
Dead-eye Notre Dame closed at 37-of-62 from the field for 60 percent and 18-of-32 from 3-point range for 56 percent. The Irish were two short of tying a school record for made triples in a game.
Jace Hogan led all scorers with 20 points for the Dolphins (7-6). JD Notae added 17.
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The Irish unleashed their highest scoring half of the season, racing to a 57-43 lead by the break. Notre Dame drained 11 of 16 shots outside the arc (69 percent) and 21 of 34 overall (62 percent) to go with just two turnovers before the intermission.
The Irish led wire to wire and by a high of 31 points with nine minutes to go in the game.
Jacksonville: The Dolphins entered with four straight victories and seven wins in their last eight outings, but Notre Dame was their first matchup against a team from a Power Five conference.
Notre Dame: Banged-up, but unblinking, the Irish continued to adjust to being without senior co-captain Rex Pflueger. Sidelined for the season with a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s 88-80 win over Purdue, Notre Dame improved to 2-0 without him. He’s the third rotation regular gone in less than four weeks, joining Elijah Burns, who transferred to Siena, and freshman Robby Carmody, who undergoes surgery next week after a recent season-ending shoulder injury.
Jacksonville: The Dolphins stay in-state and close out their three-game road trip when they visit No. 22 Indiana on Saturday.
Notre Dame: The Irish wrap up their pre-Atlantic Coast Conference schedule when they host currently winless Coppin State at noon on Saturday, Dec. 29, four hours before the Notre Dame football team plays Clemson in a college playoff semifinal at Dallas.
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