Second Half Surge Gets Irish a Win Over GT

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Notre Dame Athletics | February 11, 2019

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame (13-11, 3-8 ACC) continued their stretch of home dominance against Georgia Tech (11-13, 3-8 ACC), taking a 69-59 victory at the Purcell Pavilion. The Irish remain unbeaten against the Yellow Jackets when playing at home in ACC play, improving to 5-0.

The Irish were led by T.J. Gibbs, who scored 18 of his season-high 20 points in the second half to push the Irish past the Yellow Jackets. D.J. Harvey also had a strong performance, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds as well. 

The first half was a defensive showdown as both teams struggled to make shots. However, Notre Dame started to heat up towards the end of the half, hitting six of their last nine shots to close the deficit to 25-24 at halftime. D.J. Harvey had an efficient start to the game, scoring seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.

The second half saw the Irish come out firing, opening the half on a 9-2 run that allowed their lead expand to five. They would never give that lead up for the rest of the game thanks to their tenacity when attacking the rim. Notre Dame got to the line often and converted its chances when they got there, shooting 20-of-23 from the charity stripe in the second half. A thunderous Nikola Djogo dunk on a fast break with 45 seconds left in the game sealed the win for the Fighting Irish.

Gibbs had a monstrous second half, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second frame. He also filled the stat sheet in other ways, grabbing five assists, three rebounds and four steals. This marked his season high for points.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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