Mike Brey returned home to Delaware – the university that gave him his head coaching start – with Notre Dame in desperate need o f a W after losing two of the last three including a heart breaker to unranked Ball State last week. Despite a sluggish start, Notre Dame got just what the doctor ordered with a 92-68 victory spurred by 45 points from Matt Farrell and TJ Gibbs.
In their last out of conference “away” game before ACC play begins, the Irish were in dire need of a good win to build some momentum after a disappointing two weeks. After moving up to #5 in the country the Irish got beat up by Michigan State and lost to unranked Ball State at home last week sandwiched in between a tune up win over St Francis of Brooklyn. (Notre Dame will play Indiana in Indianapolis on Saturday).
Bonzie Colson added another double-double to Gibbs and Farrell’s outburst and Martinas Geben posted 12 rebounds to go with 8 points in helping the Irish dispatch their head coach’s former employer.
Next up for Notre Dame is a showdown with instate rival Indiana in the Crossroads Classic Saturday. Game tips off at 2:30 and will be broadcast on FOX. The Hoosiers are 5-5 after losing to Louisville yesterday and will not play again this they face the Irish. Notre Dame will then get two tuneups at home against Dartmouth and SE Louisiana State before getting into ACC play.