Notre Dame improved to 3-0 with a convincing 82-70 win over Southern Indiana. The Irish controlled action from start to finish, handling a couple of Screaming Eagle rallies before emptying the bench late to start unbeaten in three games for the first time since the 2017/18 season.
The Notre Dame veterans started impressively, scoring the team’s first 15 points and 28 of the team’s first 30 points as the Irish took a 30-13 lead. It was a balanced attack, with Cormac Ryan score eight points Nate Laszewski and Dane Goodwin count seven apiece, and Trey Wertz scored six points with a pair of three-point buckets.
Every time Southern Indiana tried to run, the Irish would respond with a fast run. The Screaming Eagles finished 12th once and 13th with less than two minutes, but the Irish relegated the lead both times.
Notre Dame went into the break with a 42-25 lead.
Laszewski led the Irish for the first 20 minutes, amassing 11 points on 4-8 shots, including 2-4 from behind the arc. He added four rebounds associated with the standout freshman JJ Starling and Ryan for team leadership.
Wertz and Ryan each contributed eight points and Goodwin added seven. The Irish Newcomers – Starling and Ven Allen Lubin – scored four points each to round out the scoring for the Irish.
Notre Dame shot well from the strip and got there many times, knocking down 12-13 tries.
Southern Indiana was able to get the game into single digits in the second half as the Irish struggled off the floor. Notre Dame missed six of its first eight shots and the Screaming Eagles knocked down five of their first eight as a 45-27 halftime lead turned into a 49-41 game.
Notre Dame responded with a 12-4 run to break it up again. Ryan knocked down two free throws and drilled a three, and Wertz looped a pair of threes around a key steal when the Eagles called a timeout as the Irish extended the game to 61-45.
Southern Indiana never got closer to 11 points as the Irish bowled. Wertz was key to the run, with the veteran scoring six straight points before the freshmen smashed down buckets back-to-back to really break up the game.
Wertz led the Irish with 20 points while Goodwin had 14, Ryan 13 and Starling 10 points. It was a double-double night for Laszewski, who scored 18 points on an efficient 6-10 from the floor (2-4 from deep) to go with 10 rebounds.
Notre Dame gets back into action on Friday when it hosts Lipscomb (2-1).
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