Robby Hamman | December 12, 2017
No. 9/8 Notre Dame got back on track on Saturday evening, picking up a 92-68 road victory at Delaware to improve to 8-2 on the season. Four Notre Dame players finished in double figures in the scoring column, as the Irish had too many weapons for the Blue Hens to contain in the win.
The Notre Dame backcourt was impressive in the sold-out, road environment, as senior Matt Farrell poured in 24 points and fellow guard T.J. Gibbs added 21 to carry the Irish. Senior preseason All-American selection Bonzie Colson also stuffed the stat sheet, recording a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The matchup was unique for a number of reasons. The contest was Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Brey's first back at Delaware since he roamed the Blue Hens' sideline as the head coach from 1995-2000. The matchup also pitted Brey against his former player and assistant coach Martin Inglesby, who took the reigns of the Delaware program last season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After getting off to a slow start to begin the game, the Irish offense kicked into gear in the latter stages of the first half to give Notre Dame a 38-27 lead at the halftime break. Gibbs led the charge, scoring 12 of his 14 first-half points in the final 7:15 of play. The Irish shot 13-of-26 from the field while holding the Blue Hens to an 11-of-34 effort over the first 20 minutes of action.
Notre Dame came out of the intermission locked in and wasted little time adding to its lead in the second stanza. The Irish opened the half by outscoring Delaware 19-9 to open up a 21-point advantage, which ballooned to as many as 26 points. Notre Dame controlled the game for the rest of the way en route to the 92-68 victory.