Colson, Pflueger Record Double-Doubles To Lift Irish Over Mount St. Mary's

Paola Ditto
Novembre 14, 2017

Notre Dame did nearly everything right in this one.

The Irish were unable to keep Mount St. Mary's leading scorer, guard Junior Robinson, in check allowing the 5-foot-5 guard to score 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Mountaineers even took a 23-20 lead with 6:23 remaining before Notre Dame ripped off an 11-0 run to go up 31-23. It was his second double-double of the season.

Notre Dame Men's Basketball (MBB) defeated Mount Saint Mary's (MTSM) with a whopping 88-62 finish.

"First halves are overrated", Brey joked after the game. Racking up 14 points and ten rebounds, career highs in both.

Pflueger had himself a career game with his first double-double at Notre Dame. Full box score can be FOUND HERE.

"We have him chasing around a shooter for 35 minutes off of double screens on Saturday", Brey said. To do what he did offensively and then rebounding and five assists, it's really fantastic. "He's such a victor, he does whatever it takes, he's an ace in the hole, he can guard anybody on the perimeter".

The Irish (2-0) improved to 18-0 in home debuts under Brey despite a sometimes choppy first half that yielded a 40-32 lead at the break.

In a departure from his preseason substitution patterns, Brey went with freshman wing D.J. Harvey as his first substitution, but every Irish starter other than Farrell rotated out in the game's first eight minutes. Twice in the first half, Notre Dame would go on 0-7 shooting streak until Bonzie Colson and Rex Pflueger said enough was enough. "We had bodies on people so they couldn't get clean looks".

Colson scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season while Pflueger scored 14 points and pulled down 10 boards for his first career double-double.

Senior point guard Matt Farrell scored 13 points and dished out five assists in a 88-62 win over Mount St. Mary's.

The Irish defense picked up as well with three steals in the span of a few minutes and with 4:12 until halftime, Notre Dame jumped back out to a 31-23 lead on the back of a 9-0 run.

Pflueger sparked the Irish when the team most needed it. "Our shots weren't falling, it was a tight game and we knew we could open it up by playing some defense".

The Irish came out strong in the second half with Colson picking a steal and a block on back-to-back Mount St. Mary's possessions. Those turnovers lead to a 3-point play for senior forward Martinas Geben and a pair of made free-throws by Gibbs.

The Irish stranglehold on the game would continue for the remainder of the half. That was part of a 14-0 run to extend the Irish advantage to 57-32 with 16:10 left in the game. The Irish had an outstanding Free Throw Percentage as well, finishing with a 94.7%. "I think with this team it's different, we're not making shots, but we're still rebounding, we're still defending we're still communicating".

Notre Dame remains flawless in home-openers under Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Brey, improving to 18-0.

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