Robby Hamman | January 5, 2018
Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Brey became the all-time winningest coach in program history on Wednesday evening, as Notre Dame (12-3, 2-0 ACC) defeated NC State (10-5, 0-2 ACC) by a final score of 88-58. The win was the 394th for Brey at Notre Dame, passing Digger Phelps' previous record of 393.
In the first game since Preseason ACC Player of the Year Bonzie Colson was sidelined with an ankle injury, the Irish needed someone to step up and the trio of T.J. Gibbs, D.J. Harvey and Rex Pflueger answered the call. Gibbs paced the Irish with 22 points, while Harvey poured in a career-high 17 points and Pflueger added 16. Senior Martinas Geben also impressed, recording his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Notre Dame turned in its best offensive first half of basketball in ACC play in program history on Wednesday evening, scoring 48 points to set the record for points in a first half in a league game. Notre Dame led the Wolfpack 48-36 after the opening 20 minutes of action.
The Irish shot 61.3 percent from the field on 19-of-31 shooting, including a scorching 9-of-18 effort from three-point range in the first frame. Harvey led the team with 13 points and Gibbs added 11 to give Notre Dame the 12-point lead at the break.
Starting point guard Matt Farrell picked up an injury late in the first half and did not return for the remainder of the game. The Irish did not miss a beat, as the team locked down NC State on the defensive end. The Wolfpack began the second stanza 0-for-12 from the field and scored just two points over the first nine minutes of play, as the Irish lead grew to 27 points at 65-38. Notre Dame went on to win the game 88-58.