Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame: T.J. Gibbs scored a team-high 18 points and John Mooney dropped 15 and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to get past Oklahoma in an 85-80 loss at the Jimmy V Classic. Juwan Durham and D.J. Harvey also scored in double figures for the Irish in the loss. Christian James led all scorers with 25 points for the Sooners in the win.
Notre Dame showed some growing pains as its young lineup just couldn’t keep up with the older, more experienced Sooners. That script is usually flipped for Notre Dame, but this season the Irish are replacing a couple program stalwarts in Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell along with veteran role players Martinas Geben and Austin Torres. The Irish freshman class is among the best Brey has ever brought in to Notre Dame, but their youth was on display on Tuesday night.
In a back and forth game, Notre Dame just couldn’t get a push to take a lead on Oklahoma despite keeping matters within a possession or two for much of the second half.
TJ GIbbs led the IRish with 18 and nailed 4 of 7 three point attempts, but the rest of the Irish roster was ice cold from three point range. They combined to shoot just 3 of 18 on the night with Prentiss Hubb and DJ Harvey both turning in 0-4 efforts.
Juwan Durham had his best game in an Irish uniform with 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 streals. The UConn transfer who sat out all of last season played 15 minutes a game after playing 17 against Illinois. He made the case for more minutes on Tuesday with his performance.
Notre Dame takes its 6-2 record on the road for the second game in a road on Saturday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on 6-2 UCLA. Tip is set for 10:30 PM ET with the game being televised on ESPN 2.