After a lengthy absence from the court, Notre Dame notched its first ACC league win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon by a score of 68-59.
A Tale of Two Halves
In the win, Mike Brey picked up his 393rd win as coach of the Fighting’ Irish, equal to legendary coach Digger Phelps. Brey’s first opportunity to be the all-time winningest coach in Notre Dame men’s basketball history will come on January 3rd in a match-up with NC State. It was a tale of two halves as the Irish came out flat and seemingly uninterested in the first, and went into the halftime intermission down 28-23. The Irish bounced back in the second half, mounting a few impressive runs to outscore the Yellow Jackets 45-31.
Colson Leads Way
As always, “Mr.Reliable” Bonzie Colson put up yet another double-double, scoring 22 points and 17 boards. Colson recently has seemed to have a niche where he is able to take games over and get the win for his team. When nothing is working on offense, Mike Brey knows who to turn to.
A refreshing sight for Colson was his teammates picking up the slack on the glass. The Irish out-rebounded Georgia Tech handily, 45-34. Rebounding has been an issue for Notre Dame, and will be a key to them winning down the stretch. When the Irish out-rebound their opponent, they are 10-0 this season.
No individual other than Colson really stands out for the Irish from a scoring perspective; however there were 5 Notre Dame players in double-digits: Colson (22), Geben (12), Pflueger (11), Farrell (10), Gibbs(10).
Continuing on an impressive run of games was junior guard Rex Pflueger. Pflueger was doing it all for the Irish with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Getting a near triple-double from his “defensive specialist” is something Mike Brey will love.
Seemingly absent from the game Saturday was impressive freshman guard D.J. Harvey, who only was on the floor for 5 minutes.
Notre Dame’s next game will be at home against the Wolfpack of North Carolina State on January 3rd. Tip-off is a late one, as it’s set for 9:00 pm ET.