NCAAB Game Recap - Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
Sat Mar 7, 2020 2:00 PM EST

VMI
57
ETSU
70
F
LongI
66
RobM
86
F
Kansas
66
TxTch
62
F
UtSt
59
SDSU
56
F
Maine
50
Vermt
61
F
Denv
69
NDSt
71
F
Murr
75
Belm
76
F
SacHr
72
StFPA
84
F
Woff
77
Furm
68
F
Albany
73
Stony
76
F
IPFW
77
SDSt
74
F
UMassL
75
Hartfo
89
F
GrgWas
51
Dayt
76
F
Chat
78
UNCG
68
F
Pepp
82
StMar
89
F(2OT)
UNH
67
UMBC
73
F
Baylor
64
WVU
76
F
WCU
70
Mercer
56
F
Drake
66
Brad
76
F
USF
72
Pacif
54
F
KY
71
Fla
70
F
Valpa
89
MOSt
82
F
CoCar
63
TexAr
62
F
BC
62
FlaSt
80
F
JMU
61
Elon
63
F
ArkSt
66
ULLa
73
F
Seton
60
Crei
77
F
UNCW
55
Drex
66
F
Lou
54
UVA
57
F
UNC
76
Duke
89
F
Stan
67
Oreg
80
F
Vill
70
GTown
69
F
Aub
85
Tenn
63
F
PSU
69
NW
80
F
Wisc
60
Ind
56
F
Marq
86
StJon
88
F
SCar
74
Vand
83
F
UTEP
77
Rice
72
F
UGA
64
LSU
94
F
LaSal
78
StJos
77
F
Rut
71
Purd
68
F(OT)
VaTec
56
ND
64
F
GMas
65
Ford
61
F
Colora
72
Utah
74
F(OT)
Alab
50
Mizzu
69
F
UCLA
52
USC
54
F
Marsh
82
TexSA
77
F
OkSt
81
Tex
59
F
IaSt
63
KansSt
79
F
Syr
65
Mia-FL
69
F(OT)
NWSt
100
CenAR
85
F
Cal
56
OrSt
74
F
HBU
78
TXAMC
84
F
Ark
69
TexAM
77
F
IdaSt
76
Ida
80
F
Web
69
E WA
78
F
McNee
70
Lamar
66
F
AbCh
71
InWor
68
F(OT)
SamH
57
SFA
68
F
SoMis
62
MidTN
65
F(OT)
Okla
78
TCU
76
F
N CO
75
MTSt
61
F
Corn
85
Princ
82
F
Colum
65
Penn
85
F
Gram
70
AlSt
58
F
TXSo
75
Alc
90
F
PVAM
80
South
89
F(OT)
WaSt
74
AzSt
83
F
Miss
44
MisSt
69
F
DeP
55
Prov
93
F
Charl
43
LaTec
66
F
W Ky
91
FlInt
85
F
SMU
60
SoFL
61
F
URI
64
UMass
63
F
Yale
69
Harv
83
F
Brown
70
Dart
58
F
SeLA
69
NOrl
79
F
JackSt
54
AlaAM
51
F
OlDom
63
UAB
72
F
Temp
63
Cin
64
F
CSBak
61
GrCan
64
F
CBap
76
TexPA
79
F(OT)
StBon
49
StLou
72
F
MsVl
74
ArkPB
71
F
Butl
72
Xav
71
F
S UT
85
Mont
80
F(OT)
UCDav
61
UCRiv
66
F
CAPoly
67
UCSB
69
F
HI
82
CSNor
86
F
Wash
69
Ariz
63
F
Sac
72
PorSt
76
F
LongB
69
CS-Ful
75
F
UMKC
Seatt
Canc
ChiSt
UtVal
Canc

Mar 7, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Virginia Tech (16-15)

17

39

56

Notre Dame (19-12)

28

36

64

Gibbs scores game-high 22 points as Irish beat Virginia Tech
Sat Mar 7, 2020 6:01 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Mike Brey’s Notre Dame basketball team knows the Tobacco Road ahead for an NCAA tournament bid could be a long shot for his team.

But T.J. Gibbs believes the Irish are on a mission following their 64-56 victory Saturday over Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale for both teams.

“It was emotional at the beginning, but we’re on a mission and we’ve got a lot of work to do,” the 6-foot-3 Gibbs said after scoring 22 points in what could be his final home game.

Gibbs hit 7 of 12 shots, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, as the Irish shot 43% for the game (23 of 54) and dominated the backboards with a 44-27 edge in rebounds.

Reserve Dane Goodwin added 13 points and nine rebounds the Fighting Irish (19-12, 10-10 ACC) who got 12 rebounds from double-double machine John Mooney but just seven points. The 6-foot-9 senior forward entered the game leading the nation in double-doubles with 25. Grad student Rex Pflueger had seven points.

“It’s been an awesome experience, but we’re not done yet,” Mooney said. “We had a job to do tonight and we took care of business. T.J. was on fire – when he’s hunting his shot that’s when we’re at our best.”

Brey was happy with his team’s performance after losing its last two games at Wake Forest and versus No. 7 Florida State.

“We’re 8-4 since Jan. 24 and two of the four losses have been heart breakers,” said Brey. “We’re playing pretty good, so we’ll go to Greensboro (North Carolina) and let it rip.”

Meeting the Fighting Irish for the first time this season, P.J. Horne scored 14 points and Hunter Cattoor 12 to lead the Hokies (16-15, 7-13) who could end up playing the Irish Wednesday night in the Greensboro Coliseum.

“We can save the scouting report,” Brey joked.

Notre Dame took a 28-17 halftime lead behind 15 points from Gibbs. The senior hit 4 of 5 3-pointers and added three free throws after being fouled on another 3-point attempt.

“I think Mike’s bunch did some things in the first half that had us on our heels a little bit,” Virginia Tech first-year coach Mike Young said. “In the first 10 minutes we missed some shots that were head-scratchers.”

Virginia Tech had scoring droughts of nearly-nine minutes and three-plus minutes as the Irish pulled away with Gibbs and Prentiss Hubb hitting 3-pointers to give the Irish their largest lead of the half at 28-15 before Horne beat the first-half horn with a jumper.

Nahiem Alleyne made two free throws and then a layup to trim Virginia Tech's deficit to 33-28 with 16:36 to play but the Hokies got no closer. Hubb set up Juwan Durham and Nate Laszewski for dunks in a 27-second span and Goodwin added a short jumper to make it 47-32 midway through the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: The Hokies shot just 21% (6 of 28) in the first half after shooting 54% in their 70-58 victory over Clemson on Wednesday that ended a four-game losing streak. Virginia Tech shot 50% in the second half (15 of 30) but finished at 36% (21 of 58).

“It puts a lot of pressure on your defense,” Young said. “I thought we fought like heck in the first half to limit Notre Dame to 33% (9 of 27) from the field and they had nine turnovers. And they never turn the ball over.”

Notre Dame: Mooney was held scoreless in the first half, extending a scoreless string of 42 minutes going back to the first half of Wednesday’s 73-71 loss to No. 7 Florida State. He finally broke the string at 52:32 when Hubb set him up for a 3-pointer for a 50-35 Irish lead.

“There’s other things you can do to help your team besides scoring the ball,” Mooney said.

Gibbs saluted his teammate. “A lot of teams are doubling him,” he said. “John’s been doing a great job with the outlet pass and the skip pass. That’s the way we play.”

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: Game Tuesday or Wednesday in ACC tournament at Greensboro, North Carolina, against team to be determined.

Notre Dame: Second-round game Wednesday in ACC tournament at Greensboro, North Carolina, against team to be determined.

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Leaders

Virginia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Ojiako 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Cone 0 0 2 1 2 0
Notre Dame PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Djogo 0 0 2 3 0 0
T. Gibbs 22 0 2 1 0 0

Team Comparison

VaTec ND
Points For 56 64
Field Goals 21/58-36% 23/54-43%
Three Pointers 10/32-31% 10/26-38%
Free Throws 4/6-67% 8/11-73%
Offensive Rebounds 3 9
Defensive Rebounds 24 35
Rebounds 27 46
Blocks 2 1
Steals 9 6
Turnovers 9 16
Personal Fouls 14 6
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Mar 7 VaTec 56 @ ND 64 W. Bede 2 J. Durham 2

Game Information

Stadium: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Indiana
Attendance: 8,301
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