NCAAB Game Recap - Boston College at Notre Dame
Sat Dec 7, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Colora
58
Kansas
72
F
Ill
58
MD
59
F
PSU
74
OhSt
106
F
FaDi
52
KY
83
F
Ariz
58
Baylor
63
F
HI
64
Oreg
89
F
Mem
65
UAB
57
F
Vill
78
StJos
66
F
Fla
62
Butl
76
F
Fres
70
UtSt
77
F(OT)
NJIT
65
UCF
78
F
Syr
97
GaTec
63
F
WVU
68
StJon
70
F
StFNY
63
UMassL
94
F
FlInt
84
KennSt
81
F
Stetsn
61
VMI
88
F
StFPA
63
UMBC
60
F
UMass
55
Harv
89
F
E MI
55
Detr
51
F
CarBi
40
Citad
108
F
Lafy
62
Corn
59
F
Maine
66
CenCT
64
F
IUPUI
54
Ball
102
F
LongI
85
Army
72
F
NCAT
52
Brad
83
F
Presb
68
SCSt
80
F
BC
73
ND
72
F
MiaO
87
Evans
101
F
Nev
100
AF
85
F
CSBak
67
Miss
83
F
(N/A)
59
LoyIL
90
F
Boston
79
Bingha
84
F(OT)
IndSt
84
WriSt
77
F(OT)
YSU
64
W MI
66
F
NCSU
91
Wake
82
F
Charl
76
UNCW
57
F
Longw
65
Morg
73
F
Manh
54
Ford
53
F(OT)
LaSal
71
Drex
63
F
Nebras
76
Crei
95
F
Hof
45
StBon
73
F
NMSt
54
WaSt
63
F
UNLV
50
BYU
83
F
ArkSt
66
Tuls
63
F
UCSB
72
TexAr
68
F
SIU
69
SoMis
72
F
Rice
60
Lamar
73
F
(N/A)
47
TXSo
85
F
LoyMD
64
MtStM
48
F
Del
56
GrgWas
66
F
NM
79
Wyo
65
F
UtVal
72
S UT
73
F
UNCA
77
WCU
78
F
UNCG
60
Radf
58
F
David
70
NE
63
F
Oakl
65
BGSU
68
F
IPFW
49
IL-C
62
F
WIGB
80
E IL
93
F
GASt
73
Mercer
61
F
(N/A)
53
TXAMC
81
F
Ind
64
Wisc
84
F
Cal
52
SCla
71
F
CenAR
67
Utah
98
F
JacSt
62
AlaAM
67
F(OT)
TexSA
77
TxSt
71
F
NFla
83
APSU
90
F
Cin
66
Xav
73
F
UNH
67
Quin
75
F
NCC
53
ChaSo
58
F
BethC
60
Jacksn
82
F
SEMO
73
Drake
78
F
ArkLR
53
N TX
76
F
Norf
53
Hamp
64
F
RobM
64
FlGlf
59
F
GWebb
77
Woff
81
F
Tows
38
Vermt
55
F
Pacif
65
LongB
46
F
MorSt
50
IlSt
61
F
CoCar
92
Winth
88
F
Brown
63
Stony
79
F
Maris
51
Navy
53
F(OT)
Yale
78
Leh
65
F
Clev
59
Kent
81
F
Amer
53
GMas
68
F
Albany
64
Buck
65
F
Ark
79
W Ky
86
F(OT)
Mizzu
64
Temp
54
F
NIU
57
UCDav
66
F
(N/A)
65
InWor
101
F
ETSU
68
NDSt
78
F
Samf
113
HBU
90
F
(N/A)
34
AbCh
102
F
OlDom
57
VACom
69
F
MidTN
52
Murr
85
F
Sac
62
CS-Ful
59
F
(N/A)
46
Web
86
F
ArkPB
50
UTEP
59
F
ColSt
64
Bois
75
F
Marq
73
KansSt
65
F
ULLa
65
AzSt
77
F
GTown
91
SMU
74
F
Gram
67
LoyMa
83
F
Sien
66
CAPoly
70
F
Portl
71
Seatt
73
F
HolyC
51
USD
68
F
CBap
68
UCIrv
60
F

Dec 7, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Boston College (5-5)

38

35

73

Notre Dame (6-3)

28

44

72

Thornton's 19 points help Eagles end losing streak to Irish
Sat Dec 7, 2019 6:03 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) When Boston College needed to hit a big shot down the stretch Saturday at Notre Dame, it turned to freshman guard Jay Heath and he delivered big time.

"The bench was telling me `shoot it,"' Heath said after his fourth 3-pointer of the game from the wing over Notre Dame grad defender Rex Pflueger with 36 seconds remaining provided the Eagles the breathing room they needed in their 73-72 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the Fighting Irish. "He (Pflueger) was right there. I just put it up and it went in."

Heath finished with 16 points, while fellow guard Derryck Thornton had 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Jared Hamilton added 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting as Boston College (5-5, 2-0 ACC) ended a four-game losing streak. The victory also ended a 13-game winless skid against the Irish (6-3, 0-2) since Feb. 8, 2005 when both were members of the Big East Conference.

"Jay plays with a lot of confidence and he's a tough kid," B.C. coach Jim Christian said. "You don't beat Notre Dame on the road unless you get great effort from a lot of guys. We hit some huge shots down the stretch."

None bigger than Heath's basket, which gave the Eagles a 73-67 lead. Mike Brey's Irish almost pulled it out with T.J. Gibbs having a chance to tie the game with two free throws and 2.9 seconds remaining, but he missed the first and made the second before Dane Goodwin's shot from past midcourt missed the basket at the buzzer.

"We fought until the very end," said Gibbs, who finished with a game-high 22 points, 18 in the second half, after being held scoreless in a 72-51 loss at No. 3 Maryland Wednesday night.

"They put it on us in the first half," John Mooney said after scoring 16 points and grabbing 18 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season for Notre Dame.

Boston College hit 12 of its first 16 shots and forced nine of Notre Dame's 11 first-half turnovers to take a 12-point lead, 31-19, with 8:21 remaining in the first half.

The Eagles then went 3-of-11 shooting the rest of the way but led 38-28 at halftime as the Irish matched their poor ball handling with 38% shooting (11 of 29).

Boston College, which led by as many as 13 points, finished the game shooting 49%, while holding the Irish to 40% and forcing 15 turnovers.

"I love we made a run at it, but I thought we played the first half feeling sorry for ourselves," Brey said of the loss coming on the heels of the loss to Maryland and the season-ending knee injury to reserve Robby Carmody. Without him, the Eagles' bench outscored the Irish 19-10.

The Irish got the lead down to six at 54-48 on Gibbs' 3-pointer with 12:30 left in regulation. Then after a media timeout, the Eagles built the lead back to double digits, 59-48, on CJ Felder's 3-pointer with 9:51 remaining.

Julian Rishwain then hit a 3-pointer from the wing to put B.C. up 62-50 and Brey called a timeout with 8:43 remaining. The Irish went 6:27 without a field goal before Prentiss Hubb hit a 3-pointer to close the deficit to 66-59 with 6:07 left.

Juwan Durham later hit a reverse lay-in with 1:08 left to pull the Irish back to 70-67. But after a B.C. timeout with 54.7 seconds remaining, Heath buried the eventual game-winner.

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: The Eagles looked nothing like the team that had lost five of their last six, including 82-64 to Northwestern at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last Tuesday. Their hawking defense and their first-half shooting (56%), including 6 of 10 from 3-point land, were impressive.

"I knew we were going to play well," Christian said. "We practiced well the last couple of days and got back to being who we were."

The victory puts the Eagles at 2-0 in the ACC.

"This is a grind," Christian chuckled. "Only 18 more to go."

Notre Dame: The Irish, 0-2 in the ACC, entered the game averaging just 9.5 turnovers per game (second nationally) and committed 11 in the first 20 minutes. They again struggled from the floor as they did in their loss at Maryland.

The Irish clearly missed the aggressive and slashing Carmody. Goodwin, who had four points but was just 1-of-9 shooting off the bench, had an open look on a 3-pointer late in the first half and threw up an airball that summed up things.

But Brey was pointing fingers at no one but himself.

"We came back Thursday and we were moping because we got our butts whupped and we got a guy down," Brey said, "and I didn't push at it and address it. I don't think I had a really good week helping our guys."

UP NEXT

Boston College: Tuesday vs. Albany.

Notre Dame: Tuesday vs. Detroit Mercy.

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Leaders

Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Kraljevic 0 0 0 3 0 0
Notre Dame PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Djogo 0 0 1 0 0 0
T. Gibbs 22 0 6 1 1 0

Team Comparison

BC ND
Points For 73 72
Field Goals 30/61-49% 23/58-40%
Three Pointers 11/23-48% 8/29-28%
Free Throws 2/4-50% 18/23-78%
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Defensive Rebounds 26 24
Rebounds 39 40
Blocks 0 4
Steals 7 5
Turnovers 17 15
Personal Fouls 21 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - BC Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 7 BC 73 @ ND 72 J. Hamilton 4 D. Goodwin 4

Game Information

Stadium: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Indiana
Attendance: 7,117
Game Time: