Notre Dame – Mount St. Mary’s Recap: A Tale of Two Halves

Rex Pflueger, Notre Dame
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Rex Pflueger #0 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates their 70-63 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 18, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Notre Dame improved to 2-0 on the young season tonight after an 88-62 victory over Mount St. Mary’s University. The game was a tale of two halves. After struggling early with the size of the Mountaineers, Notre Dame started the second half on a 14-0 run and quickly put the game out of reach.

Bonzie Colson paced the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds for his 25th career double-double. Junior guard, Rex Pflueger bounced back after a disappointing opener with a double-double of his own (14 points, 10 rebounds). He was also an impressive 8-9 from the charity stripe.

Overall, it was an impressive second performance by the Fighting Irish. They shot 52% as a team and 95% from the line. Notre Dame will host one more game this Thursday against Chicago State before making their way to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational next week.


This past Wednesday Notre Dame signed an impressive four-man class, and before the game today the program received some more good news with the commitment of three-star forward Chris Doherty. The 6’7 product from the same high school as former Irish center, Zach Auguste, received an offer during his official visit a few weeks ago. Doherty is also a long-time AAU teammate of fellow Irish signee Nate Laszewski. With his commitment, Notre Dame’s recruiting class is now ranked 2nd on Scout, 5th on 247 and 3rd on ESPN.

This likely concludes the 2018 next class, but with one scholarship remaining the Irish coaching staff could look to add a spring signee or transfer if the right player comes around.

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