NCAAB Game Recap - Alabama A&M at Notre Dame
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:00 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Dec 29, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Alabama A&M (3-8)

18

38

56

Notre Dame (9-4)

36

46

82

Gibbs' 17, Mooney double-double lead Irish over Bulldogs
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:48 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) With 18 straight Atlantic Coast Conference games looming after New Year’s Day, John Mooney knew Notre Dame couldn’t afford a hangover from its pre-Christmas loss to Indiana Sunday against Alabama A&M.

“Any time you lose in the fashion we did it’s tough,” Mooney said after his seventh straight double-double (and 10th overall) of 16 points and 18 rebounds helped the Fighting Irish to an 82-56 rout of the Bulldogs. “We took care of business.”

Notre Dame, which overcame a 17-point deficit to take a late lead but eventually lost to Indiana 62-60 on Dec. 21 in Indianapolis, never trailed in improving to 9-4 against first-time opponent Alabama A&M (3-8).

“This gives us a little more confidence going into conference play,” said T.J. Gibbs, who led five Irish players in double figures with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line. “We’ve got to be tough; we’ve got to be smart, and we’ve got to value the ball each possession. Just let it happen.”

Reserve Dane Goodwin had 12 points while Prentiss Hubb and Juwan Durham contributed 11 points each for Notre Dame, which shot 53% (18 of 34) from the field in the second half. The Irish finished the game shooting 48% with 23 assists on their 33 field goals (in 69 attempts).

“I love how we move the basketball,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “That’s going to give us a chance. They play the right way. The real (tests) start Saturday (at Syracuse).”

Alabama A&M coach Dylan Howard feels the Irish, though 0-2 in the ACC after losses to North Carolina and Boston College, have enough ammo to make a run in the ACC, where they finished tied for last during an injury-plagued season.

“They are going to be a team to be reckoned with in the ACC because they’ve got shooters,” Howard said. “I see them right there in the top five.”

Gerron Scissum had 15 points, Cameron Alford 14 and Garrett Hicks 11 for the Bulldogs, who shot just 30% (23 of 76) for the game, an improvement over their 19% effort (7 of 36) in the first half.

“One of our goals is to get up a lot of shots,” Howard said. “We just didn’t make a lot of them. For the most part, though, a lot of them were great looks.”

The Irish never trailed in taking a 36-18 halftime lead. Notre Dame built the lead with strong rebounding – a 30-21 advantage with Mooney, second in the nation at 13.1 rebounds per game, grabbing 11 – and 43% shooting (15 of 35). The biggest lead of the first half, 29-10 with 4:39 to go, was forged mostly on a 19-4 run over an 8:27 stretch.

The Irish found their long-distance shooting eyes early in the second half, hitting 10 of 21 (48%), with Hubb’s 3-pointer making it 51-29 with 13:36 remaining. The biggest lead was 30 points on several occasions.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama A&M: Howard played his high school basketball at Fort Wayne (Ind.) Harding, used 11 players in the first half but the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome their poor 7-of-36 shooting (19%). A&M, which never led, started 0 for 6 in the first 4:15 and ended the first half 0 of 6 in the last 3:18.

Notre Dame: The Irish entered the game shooting 42% from the field (277th nationally), including 33% (174th) from beyond the 3-point line. Those numbers will have to improve if the Irish, who finished tied for last in the ACC last season, hope to overcome their 0-2 league start.

SECOND-HALF SCARE

Durham went down near the Alabama A&M bench with 7:56 remaining and went to the locker room after a 3-pointer by Nate Laszewski made it 68-44. The 6-foot-11 junior returned to the bench with ice on his left knee and finished the day with five rebounds and five blocks.

“It was just a little slight strain,” Brey said. “I think he was a little scared because it looked like a hyperextension. But I don’t think there is anything there.”

UP NEXT

Alabama A&M: The Bulldogs open Southwestern Athletic Conference play Saturday at Grambling State and Monday at Jackson State.

Notre Dame: The Irish return to the ACC with two straight road games – Saturday at 1-1 Syracuse and Jan. 8 at 1-1 NC State.

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Leaders

Alabama A&M PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Houston 0 0 1 2 0 0
T. Parham 0 0 2 2 0 0
Notre Dame PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Morgan 0 0 1 0 0 0
T. Gibbs 17 0 1 5 0 0

Team Comparison

AlaAM ND
Points For 56 82
Field Goals 23/76-30% 33/69-48%
Three Pointers 7/23-30% 13/33-39%
Free Throws 3/5-60% 3/7-43%
Offensive Rebounds 14 9
Defensive Rebounds 29 39
Rebounds 48 50
Blocks 2 10
Steals 6 6
Turnovers 9 9
Personal Fouls 8 4
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 AlaAM 56 @ ND 82 J. Johnson 2 N. Djogo 2

Game Information

Stadium: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Indiana
Attendance: 8,181
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